Dubai: The new British ambassador to UAE, Patrick Moody, on Sunday presented his credentials to His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Moody succeeds Philip Parham, who has been appointed as the UK’s Commonwealth envoy.
Moody has served at the UK diplomatic missions in Malaysia, Pakistan and Mexico, in addition to several positions in London.
Speaking at the ceremony on Sunday, Moody said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Her Majesty’s ambassador to the UAE. The relationship is founded upon ties that go back generations, which is particularly relevant this year, as we celebrate the Year of Zayed and remember the role that the UAE’s Founding Father played in fostering closer ties between our peoples. The relationship continues to thrive and grow in every area, from culture to tourism, from trade and investment to security. The figures speak for themselves: 1.5 million British visitors a year; Dh73 billion of bilateral trade; 5,000 British companies operating in the UAE.”
He added: “The UK is committed to being a close and dependable friend to the UAE. We share the mutually beneficial goals of maintaining security and delivering further prosperity in the region. We will continue to work to broaden and deepen our partnership, and use the UK’s unique combination of skills, experience and innovation to support delivery of the UAE’s Vision 2021. The next few years are going to be an exciting period for the UAE, not least with Expo 2020; I am looking forward to being a part of it.”