Queen goes shoeless to tour Abu Dhabi mosque
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:19
  
London: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visited a mosque in Abu Dhabi dressed in an Islamic-style headscarf and in stockinged feet, a media report said Thursday.

The Queen is on a five-day visit to the Gulf. She visited the huge mosque in Abu Dhabi, dedicated to founding president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed, Daily Express reported.

Her gold brocade coat with Swarovski crystals stitched into the material, with a gold lame shawl wrapped around a pillbox hat, was made by her in-house designer Angela Kelly.

The Queen, 84, and Prince Philip, 89, went to Abu Dhabi on a mission to help the government meet a target of increasing annual trade between the two nations from 7.5 billion pounds to 12 billion pounds.

The royal couple were met at the airport by the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who is also Britain's trade ambassador. Andrew said his family were excited about Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton.

"I am aware that the United Kingdom has taken Kate to their hearts," he said.

Britain's ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey, said: "One of their royals asked, 'Is there any chance we could get them to take their honeymoon here?'"

British queen unveils museum project in Abu Dhabi

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II today officially unveiled British-designed plans for a new national museum in the United Arab Emirates that includes towering "steel features."

The ceremony in Abu Dhabi today came near the end of her first visit in more than 30 years to the UAE, which was a British protectorate before achieving statehood in 1971.

The plans for the new Sheik Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island off Abu Dhabi are dominated by five feather-shaped structures - the highest more than 125 meters - fanning out from the top of the museum.

The project is designed by renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, which will join other iconic landmarks in Abu Dhabi including a wheel-shaped building and another with more than four times the slant of Italy's leaning tower of Pisa.

The new national museum will be part of a cultural complex that will include branches of the Guggenheim and Louvre museums.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, arrived yesterday in Abu Dhabi. They are scheduled to travel to Oman later today.

With IANS & PTI inputs


First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:19


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