President John Mahama met Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the UAE in Dubai whilst there.

He left Accra on Monday, December 23, 2013 for the United Arab Emirates, where he and his family spent the Christmas and the New Year holidays.

For that trip, the then NPP General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie criticised the president for ‘abandoning’ this country at a time of economic difficulty.