The vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum will begin on Sunday a visit to Mexico which will be followed by visits to Brazil, Argentine and Chile, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.
The vice president of the UAE will be accompanied by a high- profile delegation. Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the ruler of Dubai, said that enlarging the trading base with trade partners in all continents was a strategic objective of the UAE.
Relations between the UAE and Latin America were boosted in recent years with UAE state-owned carrier Emirates Airline in Dubai and Etihad Airways having established several direct routes between Dubai and major airports in Central and South America such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
Emirates Airline is an official partner of the FIFA football world cup in Brazil 2014. In January 2013, Argentine president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner visited the UAE during the world future energy summit in Abu Dhabi and signed a civil nuclear agreement to jointly develop nuclear energy.