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Shaadaab S. Bakht: The UAE is a huge winner
December 01, 2017
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Our planet and living man’s most cherished goal — freedom — was born in the United Arab Emirates on December 2, 1971. On that winter day started the nation’s successful realisation of freedom, freedom from unbearable heat, freedom from ceaseless muddy tracts, freedom from unguarded sand blows, freedom from crumbling houses, freedom from sleepless nights, freedom from lack of vegetation and, of course, freedom from lack of potable water.

The land was soaked in aridity, but not its political will. It indeed had the energy to convert sand castles to palaces of progress. And the emulative architect of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, personified that productive will. 

Under his leadership the area’s foul weather soon became a thing of the past, dwellings began to be cooled permanently and plants began to be nourished to enviable health. He compromised on nothing that a modern man desired. His to-do list ranged from roads to transport to houses to markets to hospitals to educational institutions to parks to stadiums to theatres.

One can drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to Sharjah to Ajman to Ras Al Khaimah to Fujairah to Umm Al Qawain and check out the progress made by this young nation.

The land was soaked
in aridity, but not its
political will
The nominal gross domestic product of the UAE is expected to cross Dhs2.07 trillion by 2019, the International Monetary Fund said, according to a report.

So much has been achieved so soon because at its base is a highly tolerant polity. The land carries in its generous pouch members from 200 nations. They all live and work in the UAE. Their families feel secure and can be seen enjoying food and coffee well past midnight in restaurants across the country. Women are unbelievably safe in the UAE. Not many progressive countries can make that claim.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, was spot on when he said, “We are meeting today at the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, which is an Emirati icon for art and culture, to affirm our commitment to the founding principles of our nation such as tolerance, acceptance, and giving.”

He congratulated the people on the 46th National Day and wished the UAE further achievements and prosperity under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his brothers, Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

The leaders’ determination to look after those who look up to them is something that’s heartwarmingly lived out also by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He said earlier this week, “Based on Sheikh Khalifa’s vision, we are updating policies related to citizen housing system and introducing a package of residential products in Abu Dhabi.”

“Proud to name the largest housing project in Abu Dhabi as Riyadh City. Saudi Arabia-UAE longstanding ties are based on brotherhood, cooperation and common destiny,” he added on twitter.

Sheikh Mohamed said, “We consider the happiness of the Emirati people among the most important considerations...And our vision of the future is to achieve the best housing and urban systems that live up to the expectations of the citizens.”

Well, if the measure of governance is performance, which it always is, then the UAE is definitely a clear winner. 

Happy National Day.
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