Shaikh Mohammed behind Dubai’s growth story

Only a visionary leader with revolutionary steps can change the destiny of a nation.

By (Jehan Sher Yusufzai, by email)

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Published: Fri 15 May 2015, 9:51 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:48 PM

For national development, a comprehensive strategy is required. The strategy must be based on well-thought plans, energetic initiatives and uninterrupted efforts at development. Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia have developed through well-devised mechanisms orchestrated by their respective leaders. The development of these countries has taken decades. But Dubai’s development story is quite different. This desert emirate has seen an impressive development within no time.

Look how the humble houses have unbelievably transformed into grand palaces and townships. The Deira souk, which was composed of a few shops, has now transformed into some of the world’s renowned malls. The then fishing and pearling trade has been replaced by gold and diamond businesses.

The old style hotels have now been replaced by world-class hotels and bar clubs. The transportation system that comprised camels and boats has been replaced by the world’s most advanced metro system. There was a lone airport in Dubai but now that has changed into huge airports and the emirate is a hub of international aviation.

Other countries reached the peak of development in decades, but Dubai did it in years.

These drastic changes did not happen miraculously. There was strong vision, revolutionary steps and dynamic leadership behind it. The credit for Dubai’s unprecedented development goes to its visionary leaders who had laid down a strong foundation. The dream of the late Ruler Shaikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been transformed into reality by his son His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

When Shaikh Mohammed became the Crown Prince of Dubai he enumerated these valuable words regarding his proud father about the unbelievable development of Dubai, “My father was the true father of Dubai. I follow his example”.

Numerous factors have led to the fast growth of Dubai, but the liberal and independent business policy adopted by the emirate has played a significant role.

Dubai is lucky to have a unique Ruler, Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid, whose revolutionary steps have brought Dubai to the top. He is a man of his word and has defined the role of leadership. Both as the Crown Prince and now as Ruler of Dubai his strategic policies focusing on “Destination Dubai” have revolutionised the emirate. His wise initiatives such as Dubai Shopping Festival, Palm Island, Emirates Airline, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Dubai Cares, Noor Dubai, Dubai Metro and the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 have exposed the emirate to the world. His economic vision has changed it into an international financial hub. The skyscrapers and beautiful landscapes have helped declare Dubai as one of the top tourist destinations. Every year millions of tourists come and enjoy the superb sights of Dubai and the hospitality of its hotels.

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