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UAE president to begin visit under cloud of controversy

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan welcomes the Queen on a visit to Abu Dhabi in November 2010
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan welcomes the Queen on a visit to Abu Dhabi in November 2010 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will formally greet the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as he begins a two-day state visit today.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit comes at a fragile diplomatic moment after three British men, who allege they were tortured by police, were sentenced by a court in Dubai on Monday.

Read: British men sentenced to four years in jail in Dubai

The president will join the royal couple for a state carriage procession to Windsor Castle before reviewing a Guard of Honour with the Duke. The Queen will also host a lunch in his honour.

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