Queen to greet UAE president

The United Arab Emirates president will join the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle today as part of a state visit. It comes a day after three British men were jailed over drugs offences in Dubai after alleging they were abused by police.

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Profile: President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the second president of the United Arab Emirates and the 16th ruler of the largest Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He succeeded his father to the position in November 2004.

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Credit: Ammar Abd Rabbo/ABACAPRESS.COM

The Sheikh is married with two sons and six daughters; he also has a number of grandchildren.

According to his foundation's website, he is an expert in eagle hunting and a keen football fan, although it doesn't specify which team he follows.

He welcomed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to his palace in November 2010 during their tour of the Middle East.


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 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.

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.

Three British men jailed in Dubai for drugs offences

Three British men have been sentenced to four years in a Dubai prison after they were convicted for drugs offences.

Their families claim the men were tortured by police and forced to sign documents written in Arabic at gunpoint.

Grant Cameron, Suneet Jeerh and Karl Williams were arrested while on holiday last year by police who claimed to have found a quantity of a synthetic cannabis known as "spice" in their car.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he will raise the issue with the president of the United Arab Emirate when he arrives for a state visit tomorrow.

Cameron to raise torture allegations with UAE president

Three British men have been found guilty of possessing drugs in Dubai and sentenced to four years in prison.

They were arrested on holiday last summer but their families claim they were tortured by police while in custody.

David Cameron has confirmed that he will discuss those allegations with the President of the United Arab Emirates when he arrives here for a state visit tomorrow.

Richard Pallot reports:


Family of Briton jailed in Dubai will 're-appeal' sentence

Davena Kumar, the sister of Suneet who was jailed in Dubai for drug offences today, told ITV News the family would re-appeal his four year sentence.

Ms Kumar also called on David Cameron to "exert pressure" on the United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan when they meet tomorrow.

Suneet's sister claimed that he was kicked, punched, stripped naked and electrocuted after he was arrested.

Brother of one of the men was 'greatly relieved'

ITV News' International Correspondent John Irvine was in court in Dubai today when the three British men were sentenced for drug offences. Speaking to Daybreak he said:

There was barely any time to gauge the reaction of the three defendants because this was all over in about 25 seconds, it's the quickest verdict and sentencing I have ever seen. Clearly the Dubai authorities, given all the publicity there has been, wanted to get this out of the way quickly.

The judge of course spoke in Arabic, he handed down sentences of four years to each of the trio and then told them that they would be deported, now that was translated to the three men and they were quickly led away.

I was sitting close to the brother of one of the men, he was greatly relieved, he told me afterwards that this was actually the best that they could have hoped for.

Reprieve: Dubai must 'release' Britons after 'torture'

Human rights charity Reprieve, who supported the three British men jailed in Dubai, has released a statement on the verdict:

The central fact of this case remains that these men were tortured by police, but there has been no proper investigation into their abuse.

The only reasonable course of action for the UAE authorities now is to grant these men clemency, release them and allow them to return home to their families.

David Cameron must push for this when UAE President Sheikh Khalifa arrives on a state visit tomorrow.

It also remains essentail that the UAE conduct an impartial investigation into these men's torture, and ensure it is never allowed to happen again.

– Reprieve investigator Kate Higham
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