The reception on the occasion of the Day of Russia was given in Abu Dhabi
On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the UAE hosted a gala reception on the occasion of the celebration of Russia Day. Distinguished guests from the UAE's Foreign Ministry, officials, the business community of the emirate’s capital, neighboring Dubai and the northern emirates, Russian compatriots in the UAE, and media representatives gathered at a reception held in the luxurious banquet hall of the Hilton Abu Dhabi hotel.
Pavel Merkulov, Chargé d'Affaires of Russia in the UAE, delivered a solemn speech in English and Russian. He noted the great progress in Russian-Emirate relations achieved over the past year, thanked everyone present for supporting such a powerful and powerful country as Russia, as well as for the work that Russian residents in the UAE have contributed to strengthening the economy of the Emirates. In conclusion, Pavel Gennadievich wished everyone further success and prosperity. The national anthems of both countries were played.
After the official greeting of all those present, Pavel Merkulov, together with Dr. Tarek Ahmed Al Heydan, Secretary of the UAE Foreign Ministry for Political Affairs, cut a white birthday cake with a traditional sword, which depicted the flags of the Russian Federation and the UAE.
Several buffets with various dishes, desserts and snacks were set in the huge hall, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions of many countries, military attaches in bright uniforms, many journalists, countless friends of Russia from Arab countries and other guests were present. The sponsors of the reception in honor of the celebration of Russian Day in Abu Dhabi were BOND Street Jewelers LLC and Hamptons International.