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In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, praises relations with China, promises unique Expo 2020 Dubai experience.

In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has applauded the strong relations that the UAE and China have built in an interview with China’s state TV broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

Sheikh Mohammed praised China’s rapid growth in the construction, education and technology sectors, adding that he predicted the rise of Chinese global influence a decade ago.

In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

During the interview, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said he holds the Chinese President Xi Jinping in high regard and considers him a great example for a leader.

In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

He also praised the launch of the Silk Road initiative, which is aligned with Jinping’s vision for global economic cooperation.

In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

“The Silk Road is highly important for the UAE and we have allocated $3 billion to contribute to this mega project. The Chinese President has revived the Silk Road, which connects the West with the East and vice versa,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

“We have promised the world that Expo 2020 Dubai will be the best in the world, with many surprises in store. I invite you and the people of China to visit Expo 2020 in Dubai,” he told the CCTV correspondent.

In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

In the interview, Sheikh Mohammed also talked about his vision for Dubai, saying: “Dubai was once small, but the determination of its people was great. Now, we look forward to Dubai becoming the ‘perfect city.’ We want it to serve as a model for countries seeking to evolve. For me, the word ‘impossible’ doesn’t exist, it was invented by the weak.”

In pictures: Dubai ruler exclusive interview with Chinese TV

He added: “We have created plans for all our emirates for the next several years. We are continuing the hard work, and Dubai and the UAE will become a role model for the world, particularly in the Middle East, in education, health, technology and other fields.”