His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has shared his optimism following a groundbreaking meeting with fellow GCC leaders.

The Ruler of Dubai flew to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and was greeted by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

As well as Sheikh Mohammed, the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister Fahad Al Said were all in attendance.

However, it was the attendance of the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani that signified an optimistic future for the future of the GCC. It was the first time the Qatari ruler attended a summit since 2017.

Prior to the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council summit, Saudi Arabia opened its airways to Qatar and signifies what could come for the UAE and other GCC nations.

All of the leaders and heads of delegations of the GCC signed the Final Communique and Al-Ula Declaration, which is a “renewal of faith in the progress of countries of the GCC”, Sheikh Mohammed said.

Sheikh Mohammed added that there is a renewed “optimism that the coming years will bring stability and security and achievements that serve our people… and contributes to the stability of those around us”.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also reiterated a similar sentiment on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

“This affirms the importance of the solidarity and stability in the Gulf, Arab and Islamic countries and strengthens the bonds of friendship and brotherhood among our countries and peoples in order to serve their aspirations,” he said, as per the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s firm and continuous policy, future plans, and ambitious development vision (the Kingdom Vision 2030) prioritises a unified and solid Gulf Cooperation Council.”

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