Vice President Faisal Naseem has concluded his official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Vice President traveled to Dubai earlier this week to attend the 2022 World Government Summit.

During his four-day visit, Vice President Naseem signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Maldivian government on exchanging experiences on development and modernization of government, with the Minister of Cabinet Affairs of United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Al Gerawi.

The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2022, which the Maldivian delegation led by Vice President Naseem attended on Tuesday. The Governments of the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed the agreement titled “Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of the Republic of Maldives and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on the exchange of experiences on the development and modernization of government.

The agreement reflects a “pivotal” point of progress in bilateral relations between the two countries, the president’s office said. According to the President’s Office, the MoU is centered on the UAE’s assistance to the Maldives in building their institutional capacity, as well as helping the Maldives modernize its governance framework.

Additionally, the trip also saw talks on improving collaboration between the two countries on environmental issues, between Vice President Naseem and UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the UAE minister discussed at length ways to improve collaboration with the Maldives on environmental issues.

Furthermore, Vice President Naseem also invited her to visit the Maldives.

He also visited the pavilions of Expo 2020 Dubai.

During the tour, he explored the Maldives and Saudi Arabia pavilions.

The Maldivian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai shows how nature and life coexist, implementing sustainable practices that fight climate change and in sync with nature.

Vice President Naseem joined in a ‘Maahefun’ – a traditional feast held to celebrate the upcoming fasting month of Ramadan – during the tour.

He also met and spoke with Maldivian residents, who attended the event.

Taking visitors on a journey through four major pillars of people, nature, heritage and opportunity, the Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai offers a glimpse into a shared future.

He was accompanied on the trip by Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Technology Aminath Shauna and Secretary for External Relations in President Ibrahim Hood’s office.