DUBAI, 13th April, 2016 (WAM) – Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, received this afternoon at Zabeel Palace, Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and her accompanying delegation.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, were also present.

Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the guest and expressed his happiness at meeting and discussing with her the historical ties of friendship between the UAE and Russia.

Among others present were Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of Emirates Group; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Alexander Efimov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the UAE, and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Protocol and Hospitality Department in Dubai.