Dubai’s ruler and UAE officials celebrate Manchester City’s win

The UK team’s win is great news for the UAE, due to Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mansour’s ownership of the team

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The crowning of Manchester City as the English Premier League champion for the second time in three years has delighted both fans of the club and UAE top officials.

Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum posted a picture of him alongside other officials including Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mansour cutting into a big cake to celebrate Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over West Ham United.

In the picture, the other top UAE officials included Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, the Minister of Interior and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE Foreign Minister.

Manchester City’s win is great news for the UAE, since the football club was bought by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 in a high-profile takeover at the Etihad Stadium.

A big celebration and parade is planned on Monday in Manchester City. UK daily The Guardian speculated that Sheikh Mansour would not be able to be part of the joyous atmosphere in the northern city.

“A meeting has been arranged in Abu Dhabi with Sheikh Mansour. It is just a pity City’s owner does not make an appearance in Manchester. He would enjoy what he sees,” the London-based daily wrote.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, who was part of the team that won the League Cup in March by defeating Sunderland 3-1, scored the opening goal.

Captain Vincent Kompany doubled the club’s lead after Nasri’s.

Kompnay said that he was happy to be at a club that will “own the future, not the past.”

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