Jakarta. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he is honored by the inauguration of a street dedicated for his name in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday, which marks his sixth anniversary as president.
“It is both an award and honor not for myself, but for Indonesia. It represents a very close relationship between the two countries who now are working together in many areas,” the president wrote on his Instagram account.
“Behind the naming of the street, there is a hope for stronger relations between the two countries which are mutually beneficial for the people of the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. I thank you.”
State media Emirates News Agency reported that Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the renaming of Al Ma’arid Street at Abu Dhabi’s diplomatic area to President Joko Widodo Street in honor of the president.
Sheikh Mohamed also directed the construction of a mosque to be named after the Indonesian president at the same area, according to Emirates News Agency.
The directives come as "recognition and appreciation of the Indonesian president’s close friendship with the UAE and his efforts in strengthening the relationship between the two countries in many areas, including economy, commerce and development", the agency said.
The President Jokowi Street was inaugurated by Abu Dhabi Executive Office Chairman Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan with the presence of Indonesian ambassador to UAE Mohammed Matar Al Kaabi.
The street is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s central business district where several landmarks are located, including Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and headquarters of prominent companies, businesses, and government entities.
President Jokowi met with the crown prince during an official visit to Abu Dhabi early this year and both witnessed the signing of 16 agreements and memorandums of understanding between various entities and institutions in the UAE and Indonesia, to enhance mutual cooperation in various areas, including education, health, energy, ports, environment, and Islamic affairs and endowments.