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UAE 'most successful federal model'

posted on 02/12/2002: 1979 views


UAE leaders today praised President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as the founder of the modern UAE. They said the country, under his wise leadership, had achieved great progress and prosperity in a record short time, winning great respect and accolades at regional and international levels.



To mark the 31st anniversary of the UAE's National Day, a number of UAE leadership, spoke to the "Dira'a Al Watan” magazine to expressed their joy on this happy occasion and share their ideas on the achievements of 31 years of the country's federation march. In a statement to "Dira'a Al Watan” magazine to mark the occasion, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said that December 2, 1971, marked the emergence of the UAE federation under the leadership of Sheikh Zayed. Sheikh Maktoum described the federation as the most successful federal model in the Arab and Islamic world.



He said the UAE had, and continues to play a significant role at various levels. This, he said, had won the UAE's foreign policy great respect and laud applause from the international community. He pointed out that the UAE leadership had earmarked the development of the UAE citizen as the cornerstone of the country's modern civilisation. "The hope of this country lies in the sons and daughters of this country,” he said, adding "that is why Sheikh Zayed continues to spend lavishly on the UAE national, to build him into a personality, fully armed with technical and intellectual knowledge.”



Sheikh Maktoum congratulated the UAE president on this happy occasion, and prayed to God to grant Sheikh Zayed good health and long life.



Following is the text of Sheikh Maktoum's statement: "December 2, has a special place in the hearts of all UAE citizens because it reflects a landmark point in the history of this nation. It marks the beginning of the comprehensive development the country has ever seen. "This day is not just for celebration, but a time to reflect on the past and prepare for a better future.



This day should inspire us to continue to move forward with all the strength and determination we have in us towards achieving more successes and glory for our dear nation. "This means deriving lessons from this federation march which began on December2, 1971 when a combined efforts of Sheikh Zayed, the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and those of his other brethren, their highnesses, members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the emirates, led to the establishment of this enviable federation. "Those combined efforts yielded the fruit which is clearly visible in all aspects of this our dear nation today.



These achievements, which are the result of good planning and management, have won the country great respect at both the regional and the international levels. "Throughout those 31 years, this country has played significant roles at the regional, Arab and international levels. It continues to give unstinting support to all Arab, Islamic and humanitarian issues. "Since he acceded the presidency, Sheikh Zayed has worked diligently with utmost sincerity to his nation and people. He wisely tapped the country's resources to provide comfortable life for his people.



Through his wise leadership, this country has been able to make within a short period, great civilisational achievements, in addition to his ability to build good relations with all the country's neighbours and with various countries of the world.



"Sheikh Zayed entrenched social justice in the country and among his people by having direct contact with his people, who he takes time to visit regularly and talk to directly to have first hand knowledge about their situation, and ensure that their grievances were heard and solved.



"On the economic aspect of this country, the UAE has good economic ties with various countries of the world. We have worked and continue to work harder to boost these ties with Arab and foreign countries bilaterally and multilaterally. This is in addition to our efforts to play our part effectively in creating a new international economic relations to open new avenues of economic and trade cooperation by participating actively in regional and international economic organisations



"In the light of the international economic development and the increasing importance of technology, creativity and Information Technology, IT, we are forced by circumstances to rearrange our country's economic priority in order to match the challenges of the technological revolution. This is being done through the amendment of our education policy, the spreading of the IT and the use of computers in all our economic and social sectors.



"The changes the world is now going through has made us to work harder and to try, as hard as possible, to protect the country's economy from any negative reflection. This is being done by diversifying the country's source of income and minimising the country's dependence on oil revenue as the major source of our income. This is also being done by drawing a new economic strategy based on supporting the development of the manufacturing, services and tourism sectors in a more intensive way. "No doubt, adopting this new strategy would require us to harness our national human resources, in such a way that would allow them to form a strong basis, capable of competing in the labour market.



"As we congratulate ourselves on this happy occasion, I pray to Allah to guide and guard our President. I also pray to Allah to guide my brethren, members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the emirates, and to bless this country and grant the country and its people more progress and prosperity. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)



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