McAleese begins five-day visit to Middle East
President Mary McAleese is travelling to the Middle East today for an official visit.
She will visit Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates during the five-day trip.
She will address two receptions hosted by Enterprise Ireland and will officially open the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland at the University of Bahrain.
President McAleese will also meet with a number of dignitaries and members of the Irish community in the Emirates before returning home next Friday.