ABU DHABI (UAE), Oct 25: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in UAE on Saturday amid a warm reception on a three-day official visit aiming to further strengthen Bangladesh's bilateral relations with the oil-rich Gulf nation and increase manpower export.
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage reached Abu Dhabi International Airport at about 11:30 am (UAE time).
UAE Social Welfare Minister Mary Mohammad Khalfan Al Roumi and Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran received Sheikh Hasina at the airport. A woman presented her a bouquet.
From the airport, the Prime Minister in a ceremonial motorcade was taken to Hotel St Regis where she will be staying during her tour.
Earlier, the Biman VVIP flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:30 am.
Ministers, high civil and military officials saw the Prime Minister off at the Airport.
During the three-day bilateral UAE tour, the Prime Minister will have meetings with UAE Mother of the Nation Sheikh Fatima, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on October 26. Hasina will also attend a community reception there.
On Monday, she will fly to Dubai to hold a meeting with Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
After the meeting, the Prime Minister will fly to Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) for holding another meeting with its ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Aaqr Al Qasimi. Before that, she will attend a luncheon to be hosted by the RAK ruler.
From there, Hasina will again fly to Dubai to catch the homebound VVIP flight of national flag carrier Bangladesh Biman at about 4:45 pm (Local time) and is expected to reach Dhaka at about 11:30pm (local time).
According to Foreign Ministry sources, over half a dozen agreements and memorandums of understanding (MOUs) on trade, manpower and investment are expected to be signed during the visit.
Sources at the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said Bangladesh is likely seek UAE's cooperation in two projects in the power and energy sector, coal-based power development and also for establishing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal with re-gasification facilities.
The instruments likely to be signed between Bangladesh and the UAE include MoU on foreign office consultation, MoU with a UAE outsourcing company to resume manpower export.
The manpower export to the UAE has slowed down since the UAE government put restrictions on manpower import from Bangladesh in late 2012.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Hasina's Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for signing an agreement between Bangladesh and the UAE, aiming to increase security cooperation between the two countries to control crimes.
Bangladesh exported goods worth $ 245 million in 2013-2014 to the UAE against its import of $843 million. RMG constituted around 78 percent of Bangladesh's exports to the UAE.
The UAE is currently the fifth largest investing country in Bangladesh with $2.5 billion total investment in telecommunications, banking, ceramic, chemicals and textiles, according to the Board of Investment (BoI). ?UNB