The United Arab Emirates is celebrating the country’s 49th National Day on Wednesday (today).
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council said on National Day that the vision of the UAE’s leadership which blended the love of the nation with patriotism has turned the idiom of ‘union is strength’ into a reality.
Sheikh Hamdan spoke to ‘Nation Shield,’ the UAE Armed Forces’ magazine. He said that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had seen that the union was the right way to face the challenges that faced the region back then; which led to laying foundations for an ambitious nation.
His Highness said the founding fathers have put on the world map an ambitious nation that would be a partner in building the future and that today, their ambitions have become a reality, as the UAE is one of the fastest-growing nations in the world.
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Moreover, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has also spoken on the National Day. He said that the Day marks a milestone in its history during which it stands with pride and full of determination to continue its progress and achievements across various fields.
He stated that the country’s achievements have never stopped despite challenges along the way, which confirms that the UAE’s development experience is exceptional and unmatched worldwide.
“As we enter the 50th year of our young country and our unique union experience, we are stronger, self-confident and more capable and determined to achieve our goals during the next 50 years, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. We are well-placed to realize our ambition of making the UAE the best country in the world by its 100th anniversary, relying on the strong foundations laid down by our founding leaders and the major successes that we have achieved over the past decades,”
He added, “We also rely on our children, their efforts and love for their homeland, our authentic positive values, the latest applications of modern science and technology, active involvement in the process of human development, and our constant aspiration towards the future, and dynamic partnerships with other countries in the interest of development, peace, and stability for all.
“This year, the UAE, along with the rest of the world, has faced the severe challenges posed by Covid-19. By the grace of God and the sincere efforts of our frontline teams, the team spirit among our institutions, the awareness of our people, our preparedness, and advanced technological infrastructure, the UAE has been able to provide an effective humanitarian model to tackle the pandemic and manage its repercussions. The UAE has accorded the highest priority to people’s health and safety because people are the focus of our development project, and the compass according to which all our plans and strategies proceed. Our approach has won praise and admiration from international institutions.”
Sheikh Mohammad also said that the UAE has succeeded in providing all its food and medical supplies despite the adverse effect of the pandemic. Sheikh Mohamed added, “The UAE has also actively participated in international scientific and research efforts aimed at finding treatments and vaccines for the virus, and has cooperated with other countries to achieve this goal. It has called for these treatments and vaccines to be provided to everyone without exception out of its belief in the unity of human destiny, dating back to the time of Sheikh Zayed, may God have mercy on him.
“The UAE government, under the leadership of my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has – thanks to his insightful vision – been proactive in developing strategies for dealing with the post-COVID-19 phase on scientific grounds, through informed dialogue and by involving experts and specialists. The UAE believes that this crisis will pass, and what is important is to not only tackle it effectively but also have the ability to deal with the situation once the pandemic is over.
“Despite the difficulties posed by Covid-19, the UAE did not allow the problems to slow its march, undermine its determination, or limit its ambitions. Rather, it motivated us to take on the challenge, use our full potential, and delve into our long history of facing up to challenges.”
His Highness continued, “During 2020, the UAE opened a wide door to peace, development, stability, and hope in the Middle East fraught with tensions and conflicts, through the peace agreement it signed with Israel under the auspices of the United States of America. Thus, the UAE affirmed its courage in making major, historical decisions when it comes to its principles, what it believes in, and what is consistent with its firm approach to calling for peace, tolerance, and coexistence among different nations and people regardless of differences of religion, race, and sect.”