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Expatriate Health Insurance News: Queen honours two expats living in UAE

The Queen has honoured two expatriates from the UK who are living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for their efforts in strengthening ties between the two countries.

Mark Beer, registrar of Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and the former chair of the British Business Group for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and Joseph Tabet, chair and managing director of Frayland, received the honours as part of the Queen's birthday celebrations.

Mr Beer was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which is more commonly shortened to OBE.

The honour was granted due to the services he has rendered in furthering business cooperation between Britain and the Emirates and for enhancing legal proceedings in Dubai.

Mr Tabet was given an MBE, which makes him a member of the same order as Mr Beer, recognising the contribution he has made to British and Emirati business relations.

Edward Hobart, the UK's consul general in Dubai, said: "Mark and Joseph are dedicated and outstanding members of the community and have served to strengthen the close ties between Dubai and the UK."

Mr Beer said that he was blessed to have been a part of the strengthening of ties between the UK and UAE, where similar core values can be found.

These include building cultural bridges, creating opportunities and upholding the principles of justice.

Mr Tabet said: "I would like to thank all those who have nominated me for such an honour, I am truly humbled by my peers."

Every year the Queen honours people within the Commonwealth Realms for the exceptional services they have provided as part of her official birthday celebrations.

This year's list included Brendan Barber, the former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Rowan Atkinson, the actor known for playing the title character in Blackadder, and Grayson Perry, the controversial artist.

The Queen's official birthday was marked on Saturday June 16th and saw the Trooping of the Colour ceremony performed at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.

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