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Prime Minister Bainimarama Meets United Arab Emirates Fijians In Abu Dhabi

Mr Bainimarama also thanked Ambassador Prakash for the warm hospitality accorded to him and his delegation, and the opportunity for our Fijian families to be able to come together, including friends of Fiji in the UAE.
17 Jan 2020 14:43
Prime Minister Bainimarama Meets United Arab Emirates Fijians In Abu Dhabi
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Ambassador Kamlesh Prakash with fellow Fijians and friends of Fiji at the Bab Al Qasr Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Gulf Fijians Media

With the staging of the 10th Session of the International Renewable Agency Assembly in the UAE capital city of Abu Dhabi, Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, also took time out to meet his fellow Fijians.

He also met friends of Fiji from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai at the Bab Al Qasr Hotel for a talanoa session and dinner on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Members of the Fijian community presented a sevusevu before Ambassador Kamlesh Prakash gave a brief overview of what the Fijian Embassy has been able to achieve to date.

Ambassador Prakash also acknowledged the contributions made over the years and to date by our Fijian diaspora, in their respective employment fields such as pilots, nurses, teachers, engineers, rugby players and other employment engagements in the UAE.

Mr Bainimarama also thanked Ambassador Prakash for the warm hospitality accorded to him and his delegation, and the opportunity for our Fijian families to be able to come together, including friends of Fiji in the UAE.

From left: Kelepi Abariga, Joji Luita, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and PACSA chairman Ahmed of Al Ain.  Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

From left: Kelepi Abariga, Joji Luita, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and PACSA chairman Ahmed of Al Ain. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

The PM confirmed his meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Force, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, regarding the waiver of tourist visa for Fijians travelling to the UAE amongst other issues of interest, which Mr Bainimarama said was mutual and forthcoming.

It was an enjoyable evening the Fijian way with the ‘talanoa session’, which saw fellow Fijians asking a number of critical questions where Mr Bainimarama and Ambassador Prakash responded well to.

PM Meets Pacific Sports

Academy UAE chairman

Meanwhile, Emirati national and Pacific Sports Academy UAE chairman, Ahmed of Al Ain, was elated after having the opportunity to shake the hand of PM Bainimarama.

During the gathering, Mr Ahmed seized the opportunity to brief Mr Bainimarama on the establishment of the first Pacific Sports Academy UAE, which is expected to commence operations this year.

“I have always been fascinated by the way Pacific Islanders play the game of rugby and especially in the UAE, and that is why I have decided to further invest in promoting a healthier community by bringing our multi-nationalities together through sports. And I am grateful to Ambassador Kamlesh Prakash and the Republic of Fiji Embassy for bringing us all together and more-so for the privilege given to me to be able to share my vision with Prime Minister Bainimarama and especially in his capacity as president of the Fiji Rugby Union,” Mr Ahmed said.

Mr Ahmed has also sought the assistance of Fiji nationals Joji Luita and Kelepi Abariga together with Abdul Majid Khaliq.

Visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Museum, Masdar City

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Fijian Ambassador to UAE Kamlesh Prasad while visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum and Masdar City.  Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Fijian Ambassador to UAE Kamlesh Prasad while visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum and Masdar City. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

The PM also visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and the Masdar City.

This is a planned city project in Abu Dhabi. Its core is being built by Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the Government of Abu Dhabi.

Masdar City is designed to be a hub for cleantech companies. Its first tenant was the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, which has been operating in the city since it moved into its campus in September 2010. Masdar is a zero-carbon city which runs entirely on renewable energy

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