The mark of maturity

September 24, 2011, will have a special page in the history of the UAE. It will mark the day when the executive leadership displayed the sagacity and the foresight to give the role of the citizens a new dimension as they collectively marched towards their tryst with destiny.

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Published: Mon 26 Sep 2011, 12:53 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:57 AM

The exemplary manner in which the enlarged vote bank rose to the occasion was matched only by the maturity and depth shown by the candidates.

The turnout reflected the values that had been announced by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai over the past few weeks. The advice was well given and very well received.

This day augurs positively for the next step when every single citizen will have the right to franchise and a role to play in his and her future.

The leadership of the UAE deserves to be unreservedly commended for making this such an outstanding milestone in a nation where since 1972, the leaders of the Emirates have always looked upon the people as part and parcel of the governance process and encouraged them to come forward…which is what they did.

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