The royal and King Abdullah got a “warm welcome” from HH Sheikh Mohammed on the tarmac.

If we’d realised this was happening, we’d have driven down to Abu Dhabi yesterday in hope of a glimpse at one of our favourite royal style icons.

HM Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan flew into the capital on Wednesday, on an official state visit to the UAE.

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The royals were received at the Presidential Airport by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, with the friendly moment captured on camera.

 

Queen Rania shared a shot of their arrival, as she shook hands with Sheikh Mohammed.

“A warm welcome from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed while accompanying His Majesty on a visit to the UAE today,” the royal captioned the image.

In a delightful turn of events, Queen Rania also gave a nod to the UAE with her ensemble on the day, donning a purple lace dress by Dubai-based label Bambah Boutique.

The bell-sleeved midi featured a demure high neck and elegant peplum, for a finish that perfectly toed the line between fashion-forward and event-appropriate.

“There is nothing more beautiful than this! A symbol for class, style, elegance, strength, solidarity, peace and love,” the overjoyed label captioned several shots of Her Majesty.

The Jordanian royals were then taken to an official reception ceremony, where they were treated to the national anthems of Jordan and the UAE as well as the firing of 21 artillery rounds.

Members of Dubai’s royal family, including HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, were also on hand to welcome King Abdullah and Queen Rania in Al Saadiyat Island.

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The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was also joined by the Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The royals discussed “ways of advancing the privileged relations between the two nations” during their meeting, Dubai Media Office confirmed, with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid confirming the UAE’s commitment to “stand by Jordan and other sisterly Arab countries and contribute to the development of their primary sectors”.

King Abdullah also briefed Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on the latest developments on the status of Jerusalem, which US President Donald Trump has controversially decided to recognise as the capital of Israel.

It’s an issue that Queen Rania spoke about in a recent and rare TV appearance, telling CNBC host Tania Bryant Trump’s decision “renders the United States a biased broker”.

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“We need to go back to the building of the trust. Jerusalem should be a city of hope for everyone. It is a symbol of peace, for Muslims, Christians and Jews alike,” HM said.

It’s not known if the Jordanian royals have already departed back to their home nation, or if they’re sticking around for further meetings, but we’ll keep you updated.

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Images: Dubai Media Office, Queen Rania/Instagram