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December 02, 2013
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His Highness Sheikh  Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai has reaffirmed the keenness of the UAE leadership, government and people for economic and cultural openness and contribution to the peace and amity among peoples of the world.

In his speech to mark the 42nd anniversary of the UAE National Day, Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the achievements made by the UAE in 2013 including, among others, the accelerated pace of economic growth.

He paid homage to the forefathers who preserved this land by standing firm against all challenges and by defying the harsh environment, scarce resources and difficult living conditions and congratulated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the country, who is leading the Emirates through the avenues of advancement and who is giving the federation an impetus to grow stronger.

“This year,” he noted, “The UAE made the largest progress ever made in the fields of global competitiveness, according to reports by the United Nations and other international organisations concerned with comprehensive development, modernity, stability, prosperity and happiness.”

Spelling out some of many achievements the UAE has made, Sheikh Mohammed said, ‘’Our country has made achievements in all domains. Our economy continues to flourish, registering the highest growth rates in the region and counted among the best performing in the world. The government’s budget for 2011-13, made a big success, leading to marked improvements in the use of resources and development of government performance. The three-year 2013-16 budget, with a 15 per cent increase, was issued and half of its expenses have been allocated for social benefits to citizens and human development programmes, being the main pillar for the government’s policies, plans, strategies and initiatives.

‘’The success of our country was not a product of mere chance, but as a result of the leadership’s vision, planning and keen interest in serving the country and its citizens. It is a result of continuous interaction among different generations and the unique relation of trust and allegiance between the people and their leader. It is a result of self-development, knowledge and the ability to adapt to changes. Our success is complemented by our optimistic forward looking, yearning for excellence, encouraging innovation and believing that failure is just another experience in life and a good lesson for the next attempt.

‘’As much proud as we are, we are not going to be intoxicated by these successes. They are in fact, an alarm for us to continue shouldering our responsibilities and a call for us to rally our efforts and to move on with our task of achieving further progress to our country,’’ he added.

The Vice President noted that just a few days before celebrating the 42nd National Day anniversary, all these indices culminated in the resounding win as the country was announced winner of the Expo 2020 hosting bid, following an arduous 2-year journey of competition with internationally-renowned cities.

Union is strength

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has extended his warmest congratulations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and to Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates and the UAE people, on the occasion of the 42nd National Day of the UAE Union.

Sheikh Sultan stated that “Anyone who pursues the history of the Union of the United Arab Emirates, which was founded more than four decades ago, should feel the endeavours and efforts made by the Founders of the Union in their struggle for this entity, derived from all the difficulties they faced and the obstacles encountered in their way, energies and greater resolve to continue working for the principle that they believed in, which is the integration and cooperation among them through a strong union that ensures security and stability for its people and push them for progress to emulate major countries in its achievements.

‘’The United Arab Emirates, thanks to God and thanks to the efforts of its loyal sons, has provided the opportunity to build a solid Union based on strong and firm foundations, laid down by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan,’’ Sheikh Sultan said.

The 2nd day of December, he added, is really a historical day, where the efforts of the honest and loyal, the Rulers of the Emirates and the leader of the march, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, crowned with the establishment of the Union of our dear nation, and along the march of this Union all our heart, government and people, thanks to God and to ourselves, still full of faith in the principle of unity and working for it.

He continued, “We all as people of the UAE, men and women, old and young, should make this anniversary as an opportunity to encourage all to achieve their hopes and our hope, that the new generation will be able to carry the responsibility with loyalty and awareness of what the Union has achieved to our country, and with all strength to maintain its achievements.

‘’We prayed God that this Union will be the core of our strength, way and our guide to preserve its rules in this difficult time, which is being witnessed a lot of changes and tragedies that requires from everyone to take lessons and maintain this nation and its soil and unity,’’ he concluded.

Under one umbrella

His Highness Sheikh

Humaid Bin Rashid Al

Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, said the previous four decades represented a very prosperous period in the history of the UAE which under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has maintained its progress, cultural and civil horizons with full perfection.

“Under the umbrella of the Union, our country has witnessed an educational, economic, urban and agricultural renaissance, which meets the needs of the present and the future within an outstanding developmental process. In a way, it put the UAE in the front row among the most civilised countries in the world, as it put sustainable development at the top of its priorities,’’ Sheikh Humaid said on the occasion of the UAE’s 42nd National Day.

He added that the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan left his hallmark in every walks of life and led the march of building, progress and renaissance confidently as a real lover of his people.

“He made generous efforts, the effect of which will continue permanently. The late Sheikh Zayed conserved the development experience and was keen on promoting it for the benefit of the UAE people and the Arab nation. The march of development, which witnessed great achievements, is continuing under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and we will continue united.

“The UAE has become a role model among the countries of the world and independent surveys and statistics prove this fact. Figures reveal that the UAE is placed first in the Arab World and 18th globally in the Economist Intelligence Unit survey, ‘Where-to-be-born’ index for 2013.

Exemplary development

His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has said that the UAE Union experience has become a glowing example of urban development.

He paid a rich tribute to Emiratis for their perseverance and allegiance to the forefathers, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the nation.

‘’The UAE, led by Sheikh Khalifa, today is proud of its huge achievements attained under the Union. The world wonders at the urban development carried out by the UAE in record time,’’ Sheikh Saud said on the occasion of the 42nd National Day anniversary. ‘We will never falter following the footsteps of the founding fathers. We have pledged allegiance to Sheikh Khalifa, to lead on the basis of the Union,” he affirmed.

‘’The Union is our present and future. We pray to Allah to preserve our nation and prosperity to pass the gains on to our sons and grandchildren. The 2nd of December each year represents a symbol of unity to our people, country and history. It sums up the values of allegiance and loyalty that produced the most successful union experience in the Arab world. It has become an experience to be emulated.

“Exhibiting loyalty to the forefathers and the UAE led by Sheikh Khalifa, the UAE today is proud of its huge achievements attained under the Union. The world wonders at the urban development carried out by the UAE in record time.

translating into reality

“The UAE’s 42nd National Day anniversary is a great occasion to mark the inception of the UAE Union, a fulfilment of a dream of the forefathers who exerted their utmost efforts to make it a reality, His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, has said.

‘’Our Union has presented to the world a distinguished model of state growth and a unique success story that earned applause and appreciation from the world in terms of the welfare state and urban development, to the extent that many people across the globe wished to be Emiratis,’’ Sheikh Saud said on the occasion of the 42nd National Day.

The call for excellence, he added, has become a watchword for this generation, upon the directives of the leadership to sustain gains in all fields. It is a test in which each in his field looks to further excel and innovate.

“As the spirits of the founding fathers celebrate their success story, toady we also observe the grand feat that evokes in us joy and pride about the common identity of the UAE people who overcame the divisions. We pay a glowing tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

“Our Union has presented to the world a distinguished model of state growth and a unique success story that earned applause and appreciation from the world in terms of the welfare state and urban development, to the extent that many people across the globe wished to be Emiratis.”

Holding high

Since the establishment of the Union 42 years ago, the UAE has become the symbol of pride, progress and development, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, has said.

On the occasion of the UAE’s 42nd National Day, the ruler of Fujairah said, ‘’Union consolidates determination, achieves welfare, coordinates efforts, develops knowledge and science and highlights the country’s stature and hoists its flag high.”

Sheikh Hamad added, “We will not be able to build our homeland, secure a better life, maintain achievements, boost development or increase wealth without the Union. It also highlights the prestigious stature of the country among nations in the international events.

“Thanks to the wise leadership, its love for its people and the mutual love of the citizens towards their leadership, the march of the union has started and developed steadily.

“Now, the UAE is a hub of the international economy and a destination of renaissance, prosperity and overall development. For everyone who seeks happiness, security and safety, the UAE will be the destination for those who thrive for the Arab and Islamic identity, tolerance, social co-existence and the culture of moderation,’’ he added.

WAM

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