On January 16, 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), by special plane for an official visit to the country.
Bilateral friendly cooperation in politics, trade and culture has been developing smoothly and achieved fruitful results since the two countries established diplomatic ties 28 years ago, Wen said in a written statement upon arrival at the airport. China has attached great importance to the development of bilateral ties and is ready to work with the UAE to further deepen and broaden practical cooperation between the two countries in all areas for the benefit of both countries and their peoples, Wen said.
During his visit, Wen will meet with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi III, ruler of the Sharjah emirate, and hold talks with Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, exchanging views with them on China-UAE relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern. "I firmly believe that my visit will help further promote the friendship between the two countries and peoples and bring bilateral ties to a higher level," he said.
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and Chinese Ambassador to UAE Gao Yusheng greeted Wen at the airport, where Mohammed held a grand welcome ceremony for the Chinese premier.
Wen arrived here after concluding his official visit to Saudi Arabia.