UK foreign minister William Hague has met officials in Dubai to discuss the strengthening of core areas of cooperation such as trade, investment, defence, foreign policy, education and culture, it has been reported.
According to WAM News Agency, Mr Hague, who is on a tour of the Middle East and North Africa, held talks with Dubai's foreign minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan with a view to "cementing the long-standing friendship between the UK and UAE".
It was also disclosed that Mr Hague had met with winners of the "UAE Enterprise Challenge" - a competition run by the British Council in partnership with Dubai's HCT Men's College to promote and develop modern workplace skills in the UAE.
In addition to economic and social issues, discussions covered recent events in Tunisia and Egypt, WAM said.
The news comes after Gulf News this week reported on a fresh round of funding by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development for UAE industrial projects worth AED 52.5 million.