The Mayor of Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital ended his business tour of British with a courtesy call on the Lord Mayor of London on Thursday (September 22).
SV INTERIOR: Mayor of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdullah al-Nuaim, (left) with Lord Mayor of London, Sir Robin Gillette, London, UK.
CUS: Abdullah signing visitors' book. ) TWO SHOTS)
SV PAN DOWN FROM: Chandelier TO Mayors entering hall
SV: Abdullah presenting Gillette with gift-wrapped book of Riyadh photographs.
SV: Abdullah dressing Gillette in Arab robe gift.
CU: Gillette's mayoral seal of office round neck.
CU: Gillette presenting Abdullah with medal commemorating Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee
GILLETTE: "I think I'll look at these in slow time if I may, and I'll go on to the next. Yes, very elegant....yes, that's very good...do you think if I went to the bank they'd give me a loan?"
For the Mayor of Riyadh, it was also a book and a medal commemorating Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee.
GILLETTE: "....a sort of crown..let the cameras have a look..."
ABDULLAH: "Thank you, thank you.."
GILLETTE: "On this side it has the Queen's Silver Jubilee cypher; my name; on the outside...."
ABBDULLAH: "Thank you..."
GILLETTE: "On the other side we have the Arms of the city of London - that's these."
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Background: The Mayor of Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital ended his business tour of British with a courtesy call on the Lord Mayor of London on Thursday (September 22). Sheikh Abdullah al-Nuaim had been in Britain to award contracts worth GBP140 million sterling (250 million U.S. dollars) for municipal service like housing, cleaning, and civil engineering.
SYNOPSIS: The Sheikh called on the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Robin Gillette, at his historic Mansion House offices to exchange gifts after signing five-year contracts for municipal service to an partnership comprising British company and one from the Unites States. During his visit, he'd been one of the most unusual royal tours ever - spending a day with a city's dustmen to see how they worked. His call on Sir Robin was more formal - a royal welcome, a tour of the historic building with its opulent furnishings, and an exchange of gifts. Among them, a book of photographs of the Saudi capital and a set of Arab robes.