UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has affirmed that while the next decade will bring many more challenges, the UAE will overcome all obstacles with strength and resolve, so that the nation can continue to achieve further economic and social development.
In his latest post on the social networking websites Facebook and Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed said, "without doubt the next decade, like all decades, will see more challenges; nevertheless, I am fully confident that we will face and overcome these challenges with strength, resolve and perseverance, so that we can build on our successes and achieve our dreams of further economic and social development."
Sheikh Mohammed continued in his remarks to renew his pride in the country's youth, saying that today is not only an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments, but to look to the future, specifically the next five years, to study how Dubai can achieve its full potential.
Sheikh Mohammed concluded by expressing his wish for peace, prosperity and happiness in 2011.
Sheikh Mohammed meets ministers
Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has held a meeting with a number of ministers and senior Dubai Government officials.
Present at the meeting were Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Sheikh Hamdan briefed Sheikh Mohammed on a meeting held earlier today by Cabinet members and Dubai Government departments to coordinate on national and development issues.
Sheikh Mohammed hailed the positive steps, taken by the participants, which he said reflect strong national commitment to the state and federal and local institutions. He further reaffirmed that the UAE will always be strong through the unity and solidarity of its people under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Later Sheikh Mohammed hosted a lunch banquet for his guests. Present, in addition to Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Mansour, were Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Abdul Aziz Al-Ghurair, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group, Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC), Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Commander, Lt. General Musabbah Rashid Al-Fattan, Director of the Office of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, sheiks, ministers, dignitaries and senior federal and local officials.