British expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gathered together in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to mark the Queen's birthday.
Diplomatic missions in the two cities hosted the union flag-draped events with diplomats, VIPs and native Brits enjoying a variety of entertainment.
Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of culture, youth and community development, and Shaikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, minister of development and international cooperation, were among the special guests in Abu Djabi.
Meanwhile William Hague, the UK foreign secretary, joined Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the UAE minister of economy, at a garden party in Dubai for the celebrations.
The compound on Dubai Creek was filled with revellers and the sound of a full band as a cake was cut to honour the Queen.
Her Majesty turned 87 on April 21st and celebrated the event privately. The Tower of London marked the event with a gun salute.