DUBAI: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has said that the strong bonds of solidarity between the UAE’s people and their leadership are the true shield against any external attempts seeking to undermine the nation’s ambitions for a future where the emirates would be second to none.
Speaking on the occasion of the 46th National Day, Shaikh Mohammad said the 46th anniversary of the establishment of the Union comes at a time the UAE has become more stable and powerful thanks to the noble legacy passed down through the years and shaped the vision of the founding fathers who instilled values of patriotism and love for the homeland.
“The UAE is getting more prosperous over the years thanks to the tireless efforts made by our men and women who hold the name of the United Arab Emirates in high esteem in their hearts, translating their love for their nation in word and deed,” he said.
“I seize the opportunity of this auspicious occasion to extend my hearty greetings to my brother, President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, my brother His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and all my brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates. God bless them all and support them to continue working for the supremacy of our homeland and the social welfare and well-being of our people. I also extend my sincere greetings to our brave soldiers in the UAE Armed Forces — the shields of this nation who keep our national flag flying high in pride and dignity among world nations so that the UAE will continue to remain an oasis of security and stability, and maintain its sovereignty and safety.”
Shaikh Mohammad added that naming 2018 as the Year of Zayed “gives us an opportunity to reflect on the myriad accomplishments made by our late leader and founding father Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, God bless his soul, whose centennial birth anniversary dawns next year on a land where he spared no effort to ensure stability and prosperity for his people.”
Shaikh Mohammad noted that many people think that “we are just dreaming”. “But we remind these people of the fact that our Union started as a dream at the hands of visionary people. The late Shaikh Zayed along with his brother, the late Shaikh Rashid, God bless their souls, initiated their drive based on a common dream that was founded on the principle of unity of objective and destiny and they were joined by their brothers, the Rulers of the Emirates, to make this dream come true and build a nation, the backbone of which is the determination of Emirati people who are the state’s most cherished asset.
“And herein I’d love to relay a message to all nationalities living and working in the UAE: We truly cherish and value your significant contributions to the country to maintain its positive reputation and bolster its developmental drive. You’re an integral part of the UAE social fabric whose power lies in possessing an ideal environment for multiculturalism.”
Addressing the UAE youth, Shaikh Mohammad said, “The road to the future is not smooth sailing; but by your strong will, determination and hard work, we will realise our ambitions and become best of the best, always and forever.”