We thank His Highness: UAE leaders laud Mohammed's vision

Several prominent personalities and business leaders from across the UAE have congratulated His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, marking the 10th anniversary of His Highness’ accession as Ruler of Dubai.

They expressed their appreciation for such a visionary leader who has been a role model for all and prayed for his good health and long life.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Department of Civil Aviation, CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group and Chairman of Rashid Centre For Disabled

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the years of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, were not only full of accomplishments, giant infrastructure projects and investments in human resources, but also in building human dignity, especially  of vulnerable people with disabilities, and orphans, whether local or global.

Sheikh Ahmed praised achievements in the field of humanitarian action and legislation, services provided for and exemptions that benefited disabled members of the community, part of a strategy aimed at integrating and empowering them.

Sheikh Ahmed said: "Dubai’s achievements exceeded those of most of the developed countries.  Perhaps the plan to make Dubai a friendly city for the disabled by 2020 will be the most impressive in the world, which is a result of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision and wisdom."

Sheikh Ahmed congratulated Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on this occasion in his name and on behalf of the Rashid Centre for the Disabled’s board members and students.

Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Dubai Department of Economic Development

Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Dubai Department of Economic Development, said in a statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Accession Day of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that His Highness’ rule is an important turning point in the history of the emirate in particular and in the history of the UAE and the region in general.

He added that his Sheikh Mohammed’s insightful vision embodies a pioneering model for leadership to achieve the ambitions and aspirations of the UAE.

Al Qamzi added that since Sheikh Mohammed came to power, Dubai has accelerated the pace of its initiatives.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties

As the UAE celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Accession Day of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, attributes the leader with ‘strong and actionable vision for the nation’.

He said: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is a global leader with a strong and actionable vision for the nation.

“Under his guidance and visionary initiatives, Dubai has achieved miraculous transformation as a city of positivity and an international hub for business and leisure.

“ Sheikh Mohammed has always realised the amazing growth potential of Dubai, and envisaged the city as an international hub with its sustained growth led through successful economic diversification and by strengthening the city’s core economic sectors including hospitality, retail, aviation, tourism, financial services, aviation and logistics.”

Alabbar also attributed Emaar’s accomplishments, including the iconic Burj Khalifa, inspired by Sheikh Mohammed’s ‘can-do’ spirit.

He further stated: “Emaar has recorded some of its most sterling accomplishments including the building and grand inauguration of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest and most-visited retail and lifestyle destination, inspired by the can-do spirit that HH Sheikh Mohammed instilled in us.

“Challenging us to push our boundaries, HH is the driving force of Emaar and our track-record in delivering the best and embracing world-class standards and quality in all our projects. Through our expansion to retail and hospitality, Emaar was also underlining our support to fulfilling HH’s vision for the city.”

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) congratulates His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai on the 10th anniversary of His Highness’ Accession Day.

“We would like to thank His Highness for his generosity, and for his vision to transform Dubai into an international role model for success and sustainability, making use of renewable energy and proving a clean environment; capable of offering high-quality services at an international standard, for generations to come.

“Dewa takes inspiration from His Highness’ initiatives, lessons, and useful advice, from this we develop conclusions, which enable us to further fuel Dubai’s development towards becoming a civilised hub for sustainability and green economy. On this occasion we make an oath to remain loyal to His Highness and remain inspired by his efforts to achieve his vision to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world, to be at the forefront of all fields, and to provide residents and citizens with sustainability and services, of the highest international standards,” he said.

“Sheikh Mohammed is an example of leadership whom we are proud of, exercising every possible effort to create happiness among citizens and residents, and developing Dubai into a sustainable nation with an efficient government policy, assuring security, and achieving the vision of the UAE’s founders, for solidarity, luxury, harmony and development.

“This enhances Dubai Government’s international position for competitiveness, excellence, creation and innovation. His Highness is a role model for coordination between federal and local governments, by integrating a strategic government management plan, with a transparent system, exercising excellence in performance, and introducing smart services to further enhance Dubai’s position among the rest of the world, of which we are all very proud.

“May Almighty Allah continue to bless us with good health and further development in the coming decade, we have made an oath to remain loyal citizens of the UAE, adhering to His Highness’ expectations, to become more generous and loyal towards our country, to continue to grow, and achieve, to be at the forefront, and to become the best country in the world,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

Arif Amiri, CEO Dubai International Financial Centre

“A strategic business destination with unparalleled connectivity to regional and world markets, Dubai has witnessed remarkable growth in its trading and financial sectors over the last decade thanks to the foresight and leadership of Dubai’s Ruler," said Arif Amiri, CEO Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

"Ten years ago, financial services contributed around 4 per cent of the UAE’s GDP today, the figure grew up to 12 per cent. This expansion helped drive the UAE’s continued economic diversification, and attracted further inward investment through destinations such as Dubai International Financial Centre, a gateway to the wider MEASA economy. The forward momentum generated by the UAE’s economic vision will sustain the nation’s prosperity for many years to come, said Amiri.

Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, Empower

Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, congratulates His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the 10th anniversary of His Highness’ Accession Day.

 “It is with great pride and honour I express my sincere congratulations to Sheikh Mohammed for what he has given relentlessly to our homeland to put it on the global track of glory and prosperity. Sheikh Mohammed’s achievements are a matter of pride to each Emirati and Arab national in the world.

“On this glorious anniversary, we are taught the pleasure of giving as we embark on new paths of achievements. Today, we proudly tell the success story of one decade in which Sheikh Mohammed is the hero. He has taught us to face challenges, serve our country and heighten its pride. Enlightened by his guidance, armed by his determination, and dependent on his vision, our beloved land has emerged as a beacon of security, and an oasis of peace and prosperity in this world.”

 “Thanks to Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai has seen many prosperous achievements at various levels which formed a milestone in the history of our country. This includes economic, developmental, social, educational, cultural and humanitarian gains that all contributed to ensuring a decent life for the people and gave us a unique position not only in the region but also in the world. Any objective observer of the achievements of Dubai regionally and globally, can clearly find out that the past 10 years’ achievements took other global modern peers decades to achieve, and that the developmental prosperity achieved has put the Emirate at the forefront of cities worldwide. By Sheikh Mohammed’s leadership, Dubai was able to attain what other cities took 150 years to achieve as said by international media,” said Ahmad bin Shafar.

“Each one of us has learned from Sheikh Mohammed to ally with the future without overlooking the legacy of the past that was built by our grandparents and parents guided by the vision of our esteemed Sheikhs. We are grateful to this rich journey of Sheikh Mohammed. It has made each one of us proud that the vision is being realised heralding an even brighter future to Dubai and the UAE. We extend our deepest gratitude and respect to the leading role of Sheikh Mohammed at all levels of development for this nation and its development. Thank you and we promise you that we will always live up to your expectations,” said Ahmad bin Shafar.

Rashid Al Kamali, Manager of Sports Events, Dubai Sports Council

"The vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is what drives our activities and what we always look is to bring the number one event to Dubai.

This is the biggest challenge we have. Therefore our determination is always to reach the number one, whether it is a major event or building athletes or scoring gold medals. Dubai is second to none when it comes staging major international sports events or attacting celebrities such as eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao or Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Basically our main goal is to cultivate the culture of number one and to drive the ambition of all our activites, our athletes, in organising and managing it towards this goal," said Al Kamali pointing out that Dubai Sports Council has made giant strides during the same period.

Abdulrahman Falaknaz, Vice-President of Tennis Emirates and Chairman of Dubai Cricket Council

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed as you know leads by example. He is a sportsman himself and we call him the Arab Knight.

He has been very effective in his wisdom and his rule for the whole of UAE. It is not only the UAE but I think the whole world has taken a leaf from his book. He is now a person to be recognised with in the whole world," said Falaknaz who extolled His Highness Sheikh Mohammed's sporting talent.

As far as sports is concerned, he himself is a huge sportsman. He was a good shooter, he was a good pilot, a good horseman also, won the World Cup for Endurance Riding. We are very proud to be under his wisdom and under his rule and we have all benefitted from the way His Highness Sheikh Mohammed goes about this country.

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