Sheikh Mohammed, a gift for the UAE: Tributes pour in on 15th Accession Day

Dubai - Royals, ministers and residents pay tributes as Sheikh Mohammed completes 15 years as Head of the UAE Government.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

By Web Report

Published: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 5:54 PM

Last updated: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 6:00 PM

Tributes are pouring in for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as he completed 15 years as the Head of the UAE Government.

January 4, 2021, marks the 15th year since his accession as the Dubai Ruler, and subsequently, as the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

To mark the occasion, the beloved leader had issued an open letter that documents the country’s meteoric rise as a world power. It also offers a glimpse into Sheikh Mohammed’s journey as the head of the government during the last 15 years.

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Inspirational leadership

Leading the tributes, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates airline and Chief Executive of the Emirates Group, hailed Sheikh Mohammed’s “incredible service to the nation, and inspirational leadership”

“His vision & guidance have catapulted Dubai as a global aviation hub. He has steered Dubai’s aviation success with the right infrastructure to support growth, and open skies to welcome the world,” Sheikh Ahmed tweeted. “Under his leadership, we are committed to driving progress and fostering more achievements to build a better future.”

Unprecedented achievements

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, said the Federal Government witnessed “unprecedented achievements” under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed.

“Sheikh Mohammed has laid the foundations of strategic planning in the Federal Government and was committed to achieving the vision of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“Thanks to his directives and forward-looking vision, the Federal Government attained several achievements; and the UAE became among the fastest-growing, most developed and most efficient countries in investing its resources and wealth. Thus, it ranked among the highest indices regionally and globally,” he added.

He is a gift for the UAE

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, tweeted: “On the 15th anniversary of forming the government headed by Sheikh Mohammed, I thank Allah for the two gifts He has blessed me with. The first is that He made me serve my country, the UAE, and the second is that I work under the supervision of a great inspiring leader, who has an excellent personality. Thanks to Allah, for the gift of the UAE.”

Investing in human resources

Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth, said: “Investing in humans is the main focus of Sheikh Mohammed. The youth are the core engine of development, and they are supporting the leadership, and loyal to their nation.”

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