Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received on Sunday Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, was also present.

Shaikh Mohammad and the Apple executive discussed an array of issues regarding future of the IT sector, against the backdrop of international developments and the sector's role in developing and advancing education.

Shaikh Mohammad hailed Apple's role in developing technology and IT-based education worldwide.

Cook credited the UAE as one of the leading role models in the application of e-government and that it is on track to introduce smart government under the patronage and directives of Shaikh Mohammad, whom he praised as a visionary leader who holds constructive breakthrough initiatives, especially in education and IT.

These initiatives, he said, will help position the UAE government in general and Dubai government in particular among the first to use leading-edge technology in management and services.

 Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and other senior officials, also attended the meeting.