Jakarta – The United Arab Emirates has changed the name of a main street in Abu Dhabi to "President Joko Widodo Street" to honor the Indonesian President for "strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries", embassy officials have said.
"The naming of President Joko Widodo Street reflects the strength of the Indonesia-UAE relationship. It is also the UAE government's way of honoring President Jokowi for strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries," said Nur Ibrahim, art and cultural relations attache at the Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, in a statement on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.
The street was ceremonially renamed on Monday at 4:45 p.m. local time. In attendance were the Indonesian Ambassador to the UAE, Husin Bugis, and officials from the UAE foreign ministry and the city of Abu Dhabi.
During the ceremony, Husin expressed hope that the renaming would strengthen bilateral relationship between Indonesia and the UAE.
President Joko Widodo Street, previously named Al Ma'arid (Exhibition) Street, is located near the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) and the foreign embassy district.
"It is a recognition and an honor, not only for me, but for Indonesia," Jokowi wrote on his social media accounts.
"I hope the relationship between the two countries can become even stronger and benefit the citizens of the UAE and Indonesia. Thank you," he concluded. (nal)