Sheikh Mohammed retraces Dubai's 185-year history
Dubai - "Dubai is not a coincidence. It is the result of a long journey that began 185 years ago."
By Hisham Salah
Published: Mon 21 Jan 2019, 6:04 PM
In the seventh chapter titled '185 years of searching for Dubai' from his latest book, Qissati, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, traces the history of Dubai. He also lists out lessons from the "unwritten constitution" of Dubai.
Dubai is not a coincidence. It is the result of a long journey that began 185 years ago. The journey started with Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti in the 19th century. He laid the foundation stone for the emirate. His main target was to make Dubai safe for all of its citizens.
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He was followed by his brother, Sheikh Saeed bin Butti, who introduced justice principles. Justice is an essential part of the ruling family in Dubai. We should not wrong anyone and we shouldn't accept wrong either. Justice is the first lesson in Dubai's unwritten institution.
Sheikh Saeed's term witnessed very difficult years as several inter-tribe wars occurred. He, however, implemented security and made alliances with Abu Dhabi and the other emirates. He also knew how to deal with the British. Well-balanced relations and alliances are the second lesson in the unwritten constitution of Dubai.
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Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher came to office at the end of the 19th century and he had a brilliant economic vision. In 1902, all of the Gulf countries increased the taxes imposed on goods. Sheikh Maktoum removed customs on goods and welcomed traders. Such open policies made Dubai a centre for trade and export. Openness is the third lesson in Dubai's unwritten constitution - to be open for all and establish a free market.
My grandfather, Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum, ruled Dubai from 1912, and under his reign, Dubai witnessed unprecedented development.
As per my grandfather's will, economic diversification was the track my father, Sheikh Rashid, followed. He established ports and expanded the creek, developing freezones and airports, and starting big companies. Economic diversification is the fourth lesson in Dubai's unwritten constitution. It is the legacy inherited by the ruling family, and it is the guarantee that what he have achieved in 185 years will never be wasted by relying on one source for living.
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