Queen Beatrix is in the United Arab Emirates today for an official state visit.
She began with a visit to a mosque in Abu Dhabi. The Queen visited the house of prayer veiled and dressed in an abaya. A visit to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is not complete without a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, popularly called the Grand Mosque by local residents, is seen as a construction to ‘unite the world’, using artisans and materials from countries such as Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, Turkey, Iran, China, Greece and the UAE. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the Mosque.
Beatrix arrived yesterday in Abu Dhabi, accompanied by Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. In addition, a large delegation of the Dutch business community travelsalong.
On the second day of her state visit to the UAE, Beatrix will visit Dubai and see the Dubai Ports World (DP World) in the port of Jebel Ali where she will meet the Dutch community.