DUBAI, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The three-day Annual Investment Summit ended Thursdaywith the China-Arab Leadership Forum, where United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister ofForeign Trade Sheikha Lubna Bint Khaled Al Qassimi said in her opening speechstrong trade and economic relations between both sides were have just seen theirdebut.
Bilateral trade between the UAE and China reach 36 billion U.S. dollars last year,while trade between both countries soared by more than a third per year since thestart of the new millennium.
"We are confident that this is just the beginning of a long journey and we inviteChina's political leadership and businessmen to work hard with us together thatChina-Arab relations will have centuries to come," Sheikha Lubna said.
The China-Arab Leadership Forum was also attended by Deputy Beijing Mayor XiaZhanji, Chinese General Consul to Dubai Zhan Jingbao and Zhou Jue, Chairman ofChina-Arab Exchange Association.
At the sidelines of the forum, Chinese and Arab businessmen met in one-on one meetings to explore new opportunities of expanding trade and economic ties.
(Xinhua) 08:36, May 04, 2012