President Mohamed Muizzu met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Minister for Defence of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday. This high-level meeting, held on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2024, facilitated a comprehensive dialogue on various mutual interests.

The discussions encompassed potential enhancements in trade and tourism relations between the Maldives and the UAE, along with other developmental issues, according to the President’s Office. The leaders also discussed pressing global concerns such as climate change and energy sustainability. The meeting culminated on an optimistic note, with both leaders articulating their mutual aspiration to fortify the cordial relations between their respective nations.

On Tuesday, President Muizzu also attended the Invest Maldives 2024 forum, a platform designed to attract global investors and business leaders. The forum aimed to spotlight the unique investment opportunities that the Maldives offer. In his keynote address, President Muizzu underscored the pivotal role of private sector-led growth in achieving the government’s transformation goals.

President Muizzu further emphasised his administration’s commitment to fostering a secure and efficient business environment in the Maldives. He highlighted the re-establishment of the Special Economic Zones framework, which offers attractive incentives for strategic investments. The forum was a collaborative effort by Invest Maldives and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

In addition to these engagements, President Muizzu held meetings with Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), during his visit to Dubai.