Picture on the left: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, Dr Shaikh Sultan, Shaikh Humaid, Shaikh Hamad, Shaikh Saud Bin Rashid and Shaikh Saud Bin Saqr at the flag-hoisting ceremony at the Union House on Friday. Picture on the right: The leaders met at the same place that the UAE’s founding fathers met to sign the declaration of the Union 45-years ago. Image Credit: Courtesy: Dubai Media Office

Dubai: The UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is experiencing the strongest and most prosperous phase of all times, Rulers of the Emirates said in a meeting held at the Union House in Dubai on Friday.

Held in the same place where the founding fathers of the UAE met 45 years ago, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi of Sharjah, Shaikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi of Fujairah, Shaikh Saud Bin Rashid Al Mualla of Umm Al Quwain and Shaikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah renewed their pledge to the UAE people to continue tirelessly strengthening the union, declaring a new chapter in the UAE history where all governments work as one united team towards achieving the happiness of all Emiratis and consolidating the union.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, alongside the Supreme Council Members, raised the UAE flag in the same place where the founding fathers hoisted it 45 years ago. The Rulers recommitted themselves to work hard to keep the flag high and teach the coming generations to maintain and defend it with everything they have.

Their Highnesses said that the UAE is ranked at the top regionally in several development indexes with more than 100 development indicators and competes the world by its powerhouse economy, services, state-of-the-art infrastructure and the happiness of its people.

Their Highnesses prayed to Allah to bless His Highness the President with continued good health and wellness, and to bless its people with greater development and progress so that the UAE remains a beacon of hope and optimism and a model for growth and efficiency

Their Highnesses said this meeting evoked the historical moments when the founding fathers signed the founding treaty in the same house.

The UAE’s aspirations have always been great and do not change by time. The principles and values on which the union is based remain firm and unchangeable even if the surrounding world has altered. “The spirt of union will always be our drive towards the best in everything,” the Rulers added.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed alongside the Supreme Council Members renewed their promise to the UAE people that the best is yet to come and the future will be more prosperous and flourishing. They also renewed their pledge that the UAE people will always be united under one constitution, one president, one flag and one capital.

They also expressed their pride in the Union House as it represents the legacy of the founding fathers, saying that the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s will enhances their spirt of the union.

The meeting touched on the UAE working mechanisms towards achieving the desired strategic goals and stressed that the federal and local governments are working as one united team and the people of the UAE are also working to shape one future. The leaders of the UAE will always be united, the Rulers underscored.

At the end of the meeting, the Rulers extended their thanks to all leaders and people who shared the UAE’s joy in its National Day celebrations.

‘We venerate the symbol of our union’

Raising the UAE flag at the Union House in Dubai on Friday, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said: “As we hoist the flag on the 45th UAE National Day, we glorify and venerate the symbol of our union which is dear to all Emiratis. We remember with complete gratitude and appreciation the union’s founders — Shaikh Zayed and his brothers Rulers of the Emirates who raised the flag for the first time at Union House on December 2, 1971, declaring to the entire world that the will of unity overpowered all challenges and difficulties, that a young nation is emerging in the Arabian Gulf, creating a new history in the region.”

He added that the UAE flag is also a symbol of development, advancement, happiness, co-existence, tolerance and openness.