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April 28, 2015
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UAE a beacon of hope

At a time when the Middle East is witnessing intense civil and political turmoil, it gives a great sense of relief to see the UAE emerge as the world’s most trusted nation ( “UAE most trusted nation by its residents: Report”, April 25, The Gulf Today).

The Edelman report is heartening but at the same not something that’s astonishing. The UAE’s leadership’s lofty envisioning and the timely and effective executions of its plans have brought about a spectacular transformation of the country.

Beginning from when the country was mere barren desert land to today when it has become a major tourist and financial hub of the world, the country’s leadership has also successfully created many opportunities for its residents in the areas of health, education and technology. And thus it’s understandable if its residents put so much faith and trust in the country’s government.

On a wider note, it is indeed an impressive feat by an Arab country, particularly at this time of immense crisis, to earn trust when trust has become a rare commodity in all walks of life, from personal to political.

That the UAE has managed to achieve something of this sort throws light on its great potentialities as a nation and as a member of the world community.
Arshiah Parween — By email

A seat of learning

I am glad to learn that Sharjah has got a new university named the University of Al Qasimiya which will be ‘open to the entire world’ (“Al Qasimiya a beacon of excellence,” April 27, The Gulf Today).

It’s heartening to know that His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has said this university will be “a beacon of excellence in higher education and scientific research, based upon the principles and teachings of a tolerant Islam”.

The Ruler of Sharjah hoped the new university will prove to be a centre for dialogue among civilisations and a seat of learning.
Shaista Ansari — By email

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