Al Ain: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday underscored his good wishes for the decision by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to appoint Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, as Crown Prince of Dubai, and Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, as Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
Shaikh Khalifa expressed his appreciation while receiving Shaikh Hamdan and Shaikh Maktoum in the presence of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in Al Ain on Saturday.
Shaikh Khalifa welcomed Shaikh Hamdan and Shaikh Maktoum who paid him a courtesy call on the occasion of their appointment to their new posts, and wished them success in shouldering their national responsibilities and discharging their new assignments for the sake of their country and its people.
Shaikh Hamdan pledged to put all his potential and capabilities in the service of the wise leadership of the UAE and its people.
He vowed to be loyal and faithful to Allah, the President and the Vice-President in carrying out his national duty in line with their sound directives to further achieve the hopes and aspirations of the UAE people.
Shaikh Khalifa hosted a lunch banquet in honour of Shaikh Hamdan and Shaikh Maktoum.
The meeting and the banquet were attended by a number of shaikhs and senior officials.
Meanwhile, the new appointments were unanimously welcomed by business and sports officials in the UAE.
A cross-section of business leaders who talked to Gulf News on Saturday said they were confident the new generation would take Dubai to new heights of success and prosperity. Similar sentiments were expressed by the sporting fraternity.