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Dubai: The first visit of China’s President to the UAE was marked by issuing a special driving licence in Chinese.  

On Thursday, Abu Dhabi Police announced the first UAE driving licence written in the Chinese language as a gesture to commemorate President Xi Jinping’s three-day state visit to the country.

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Brigadier General Ebrahim Nasser Al Shamsi, director of vehicle licensing department at Abu Dhabi Police, said that this step reflects the depth of the historical relations between the two friendly countries and their excellence in all fields. 

Abu Dhabi Police launched a series of videos highlighting the strong relations between the United Arab Emirates and the People's Republic of China, which witnessed strong diplomatic and economic ties.

The authority’s media department also aired a video of its weekly news bulletin by an Abu Dhabi police officer in Chinese.

The friendship between the people of China and the UAE dates back to the ancient Silk Road over 2,000 years ago, and forged a friendship that remains vibrant to this day. With the opening of trade routes at sea in the 7th century, Chinese silk and porcelain were marketed to the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and Europe while Arab spices and pearls were brought to Asia through the Indian Ocean.