Mohammed participates in National Day celebrations

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited yesterday morning a number of schools in emirates of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.

The visit comes within keenness of Sheikh Mohammed on sharing with the students their pleasure on the celebrations of UAE's 41st National Day.

Sheikh Mohammed set out his tour from Al Farfar Public School, in the Fujairah Educational Zone where he was received ardently by the administration, teachers and students.

Ras Al Khaimah Kadra Schools was the second stop of his visit, Sheikh Mohammed was warmly received by the staff and school children, who expressed joy and happiness on his presence among them.

Later he opened the heritage village set up by the students and exchanged pleasantries with the participants on heritage issues. Sheikh Mohammed expressed his happiness with the two visits on this cherished occasion and wished them good luck and success.


2013 is the year for creating jobs for Emiratis: Mohammed




His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, asserted on Tuesday that the work methodology of the federal government is inspired by the approach of the country's founding fathers and its march is paced with the national programme of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Chairing the cabinet meeting today at the Union House, Sheikh Mohammed also announced 2013 as the year of creating jobs for UAE nationals, a goal to be achieved through joining forces and uniting energies. During this period a range of initiatives and policies will be launched to deal with the Emiratisation as a national priority at all levels.

The Prime Minister launched a large set of national initiatives during the cabinet meeting to mark the occasion of the 41st National Day of the UAE. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Lt. General Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan attended the meeting.

"It was from the Union House it started, and from here we renew the march. We haven't gathered here today to commemorate the memories. We are here to renew our resolve, to sharpen our energies and to recall the spirit of the big ambition that the founding fathers cherished. We are here to remember the great vision that led to the birth of a country, which could consolidate its global place during forty-one years. It is with the same spirit and the same great ambition we can proceed with confidence and strength towards the future", Sheikh Mohammed said addressing the ministers.

He continued: "The most important characteristic of the founding fathers and the most important lesson we learned from them is that the citizen is the priority, and we should give importance to building humans before building edifices. The approach of my brother His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is that that the citizen comes first, second and third. As we move further ahead according to this approach we say that the achievements of 2013 will surpass the achievements of 2012 and each year is better than the preceding one. So there is no place for laziness or reluctance in achieving the ambitions of our people. We announce today from this place that the year 2013 will be a year of creating jobs for UAE nationals that will be a national priority for which all efforts must unite".

Sheikh Mohammed went on: "The spirit of the union is to work as a single team in accordance with a unified vision and well-defined goals, and naturally the achievement will take place. May I remind you of a very famous saying of our beloved father the late Sheikh Zayed who said: 'The human being will perish, the wealth will perish, the nation and our services in the cause of the nation will remain.'”

The cabinet approved at its meeting today a set of national initiatives, the first of which was to declare year 2013 as the year of creating jobs for UAE nationals.

The Cabinet also approved the "Charter of Values and Conduct of the UAE National" which aims to raise a national generation who are aware of their responsibilities and duties towards the nation, family and community.

The new charter defines Emirati citizenship, its dimensions, features, major characteristics, conduct, values and skills which a national should uphold. The charter aims to develop a general and clearly-defined frame for Emirati character to reflect its unique culture and connection to its values, traditions, heritage and its religion, Islam. This general frame could be used in different educational and cultural spheres.

The Cabinet gave directions to circulate and popularize this national charter to all relevant bodies to use it as a reference for all efforts to build the UAE national generations.

The Cabinet also approved a number of initiatives related to the dedication of the UAE National Union Day. These include the construction of the Union Museum at the Union House to document the history of the Union, its milestones and major figures for the coming generations. The planned museum will feature documents, pictures, photos and materials and other resources which will document the history of the Union and milestones and create a reference for researchers, all those interested in the history of the Union as well as for the nationals and visitors of the UAE.

In the same context, the Cabinet also approved a resolution giving directives to the Ministry of Education to integrate the History of the Founding Fathers in the national curricula at schools in order to inspire lessons from their march for development and immortalize their works and achievements which, over few years, gave the UAE its current international stature.

As part of efforts to promote the UAE national identity at universities, the Cabinet gave directives to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to introduce "Emirati Studies" as a compulsory subject for graduation from all national and private universities. The new compulsory subject shall include studies on the UAE's history, social culture, terrains, geography, laws and regulations as well as studies that are specific to the society of the UAE.

The Cabinet also dedicated 19th of Ramadan, which marks the death anniversary of the late founding father of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as an "Emirati Humanitarian Work Day" in recognition of his role in founding the UAE's march of humanitarian work. Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum commented: "Zayed is the source of giving and generosity. He is the one who planted the love of selfless giving among his people. The man who is credited with this surplus must be remembered on this day. The best way to remember him- May Allah bless his soul- is to remind of his compassion, giving and generosity which benefited all with no discrimination and which made the UAE as a global humanitarian hub for giving".

The Emirati Humanitarian Work Day will also include the launch of initiatives by government and private institutions in celebration of the death anniversary of the late founding father of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Also today, the Cabinet approved a resolution to task the Ministry of Public Works to construct high poles for the UAE flag in all the emirates of the UAE, to be added to the two high posts already in place in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Cabinet issued another resolution obliging all federal and local departments to put a flag pole in front of their buildings. All standards and specifications for the flag posts will be issued in one unified policy that be treats the flag with respect and dignity it deserves and preserves its colors and elegance at all federal and local departments.

The Cabinet also approved a national initiative under the name "Proudly Made in the UAE". It tasked the Ministry of Economy with developing a general governmental policy to develop national products and promote pride in their quality, whether they are services or national companies, through a quality mark to be placed on all national products, projects and services. The products with this mark will represent the quality of UAE products and will meet its internationally recognized standards.

The Cabinet also approved an initiative to support small and medium size enterprises (SME) of the UAE youth through committing 10 per cent of all purchases of all federal ministries and departments.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid commented:"We will support the UAE youth, products and culture because the UAE is the source of our pride and our people are the source of our dignity".

Mohammed bin Rashid hosts banquet in honour of ministers

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum hosted on Tuesday a gala lunch in honour of the cabinet members after the historic cabinet meeting at the Union House in Jumairah, Dubai.

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Lt. General Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a number of Sheikhs, senior state officials, academic and media leaders attended the banquet.

Mohammed bin Rashid holds talks with Ukrainian president

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, held official talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych dealing with ways of expanding horizons of cooperation and investment between UAE and Ukraine in particular the industrial and agricultural fields.

Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the visiting guest at Zabeel Palace, expressing his hope that the visit would have good results and contribute in extending bridges of communication between the two countries both in government and private sector.

He also affirmed, that UAE's leadership and people look forward to having wider relations with friendly countries, based on mutual interests and respect and boosting humanitarian bonds with other people.

Mohammed bin Rashid meets British delegation

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met in Dubai on Tuesday with a British Parliamentary delegation consisting of nine Conservative and Labour MPs in the House of Commons.

During the meeting, which was held in the presence of the Minister of State Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi, they exchanged views on the ways to develop the historical friendship and relations between UAE and Britain, especially in the fields of education, culture, tourism and bilateral trade.

The delegation expressed the desire to take the relations to new horizons to achieve this goal, adding that the visit to the UAE by the delegation is conducted with this aim.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed UAE's keenness to enhance relations with the world countries, noting that a large number of Emirati students are studying in British universities and thousands of UAE nationals visit UK every year for tourism, business or treatment purposes.

Sheikh Mohammed also spoke of his vision for the future and the major challenges facing the country's development programmes in various sectors.

"The hardest and the most complex issues may be resolved easily, in simple manners", he asserted.


Mohammed meets chief of Global Competitiveness Council


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai here this morning met Charles O. Holliday, Chairman of Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils and the Board members participating in the 3rd Annual GFCC Meeting and Summit.

The three day summit is attended by leaders from competitiveness councils around the world - including CEOs, CTOs, university presidents, leaders from major laboratories and research foundations, and government representatives.

Sheikh Mohammed and the participating delegations who met here at "The Address" Hotel in Dubai exchanged talks on the summit's agenda and its importance for both the public and private sectors in the participating countries.

Also present was Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State and Chairwoman of Emirates Competitiveness Council.

Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the participants and the state's guests praising the efforts of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) in raising awareness on the importance of developing the competitiveness of the countries.

He also stressed that country's competitiveness policy is based on innovation and creativity, the main goals of the UAE Vision 2021 which contributes to consolidate its stature as one of the best countries of the world by the year 2021.

Holliday, expressed thanks on behalf of the member states and their appreciation to UAE for hosting this world class event, which helps to promote the culture of innovation noting the global and regional role of UAE in this regard.

The events, hosted by the Emirates Competitiveness Council, a founding board member and 2012 vice-chair of the GFCC, will include an international innovation and competitiveness summit and serve as a platform for continued progress and action to solve the global grand challenges and opportunities facing nations in the 21st century. This year, 20 countries are being represented at the GFCC meeting.

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