Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and ruler of Dubai, has left for India to hold talks in New Delhi on a range of business, political and security issues.

During his stay, Sheikh Mohammed is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, diplomatic sources said.

They said the UAE is looking forward to hosting the Prime Minister, who visited Saudi Arabia recently, and Oman as well as Qatar earlier, as part of India's deepening ties with the resource rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Visit overdue

Vice-President Hamid Ansari's visit to the UAE, which had been scheduled earlier, is also long overdue.

Sheikh Mohammad is leading a top-level delegation, which includes Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of The Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Dubai Police Chief Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim and Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer.