This historic visit reflects the strength of UAE-Russia relations, which we will continue to jointly promote at all levels for the mutual benefit of our nations,” Sheikh Mohamed said.
I am very pleased to see my brother and friend after more than a year since our last meeting in Moscow,” said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
“Moscow is my second home and I would like to thank you again for your warm welcome during my visit. The UAE is honoured with your visit today.”
The UAE and Russia agreed to deepen the already strong partnership in space and tourism, and regional energy co-operation through Opec+, the group of oil producers that has sought to bolster the oil market since 2016.
Tourism between the countries has risen dramatically over recent years, following an overhaul to visa rules. Russian tourists are granted a free 30-day visa on arrival in the UAE, which can be extended for a further month in exchange for a fee. The numbers are expected to rise again this year. New agreements in aviation, energy and the environment were sealed with Mr. Putin visit. Energy took centre stage. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company signed a major agreement with Russia’s Gazprom Neft to team up in production, artificial intelligence and techniques to extract more oil from existing fields.
The two sides will look for opportunities in exploration and production and will look at a collaboration in sour gas, or gas with a large volume of sulphur. Mr Putin presented a white gyrfalcon to Sheikh Mohamed, who gave the Russian leader an ornate model of Qasr Al Hosn before Mr. Putin departure.