An unim­pos­si­ble jour­ney of Mo­ham­mad bin Rashid

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By Ahmed Al-Jar­al­lah

TALKS on the re­nais­sance of the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) usu­ally fo­cus on the am­bi­tion of a man who vowed to serve his na­tion which he al­ways af­firms.

This man is Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Rashid. The UAE is cel­e­brat­ing his ju­bilee in pub­lic ser­vice – when he first held his na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity which he shoul­dered im­pres­sively in terms of ur­ban­iza­tion and hu­man as­pects.

In one of his speeches, he af­firmed that the word ‘im­pos­si­ble’ does not ex­ist in the Emi­rati dic­tio­nary. He said the only thing im­pos­si­ble is not to crush the im­pos­si­ble. In­deed, this young coun­try crushed the im­pos­si­ble and tran­si­tioned into the level of ad­vanced coun­tries in all as­pects.

The 50th an­niver­sary of Mo­ham­mad bin Rashid’s ex­per­tise is ac­tu­ally a celebration for the en­tire Gulf re­gion, not just the Emi­rates. Long ago, this man wished to see the en­tire Arab world at the level which his coun­try has achieved; be­cause he re­al­ized that benev­o­lence pre­vails and suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship starts from reap­ing good fruits to­gether with ev­ery­one.

This prompted the world to scramble towards Dubai and other emi­rates which have be­come des­ti­na­tions for ev­ery­one who loves peace, re­as­sur­ance and suc­cess. This is why just last year, the num­ber of pas­sen­gers pass­ing through Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port reached about 80 mil­lion; whereas Dubai Duty Free Shop recorded a net in­come of about $40 bil­lion, in ad­di­tion to $50 bil­lion oil rev­enue.

Based on these facts, the UAE, es­pe­cially Dubai, has be­come a vi­tal global port and tourism cen­ter for the past four decades as man­i­fested in the state­ment of the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent dur­ing the Gulf-Amer­i­can Sum­mit two years ago.

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He said: “The UAE has sky­rock­eted in ur­ban devel­op­ment, and it man­aged to trans­form land and wa­ter into mas­ter­pieces.” This is one of many tes­ti­monies made by other coun­tries on what the UAE achieved within a few years.

In the UAE, specif­i­cally Dubai, ev­ery Gulf na­tional and Arab in gen­eral takes pride in walk­ing on its streets and see the diver­sity of peo­ple. About 200 na­tion­al­i­ties visit or live in peace and har­mony in this coun­try, where the law is re­spected and ap­plied on ev­ery­one with­out prej­u­dice.

It is im­por­tant for its com­ing gen­er­a­tions and the en­tire Arab world to adopt this unique ex­pe­ri­ence of de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­sis­tence through

his lat­est au­to­bi­og­ra­phy ti­tled, “My Story: 50 Sto­ries in 50 Years.” This book con­tains 50 true sto­ries, but in re­al­ity, each story has 50 sto­ries of suc­cess, be­cause it sprang from en­thu­si­asm in ac­cor­dance with the adage: “For­tune fa­vors the bold.” Since the word ‘im­pos­si­ble’ is not part of his vo­cab­u­lary, he suc­ceeded in re­al­iz­ing the dream he had for the UAE and its broth­ers in lead­er­ship.

Dur­ing the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis in 2008, some of his ad­vi­sors told him to cool down un­til the storm passes. His re­sponse was based on the prin­ci­ple: “When­ever you hear ar­tilleries be­ing fired, start build­ing and planting. When you hear songs of peace, start sell­ing the fruits you have reaped.”

This tremen­dous ef­fort also made the UAE an ef­fec­tive and pow­er­ful player in the global po­lit­i­cal arena; be­cause it fol­lowed proper steps of open­ness to other cul­tures and so­ci­eties as a whole, in ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing hope and striv­ing to spread peace among na­tions.

Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Rashid de­serves a celebration that suits him, and for his broth­ers too – the UAE lead­ers. These are the cubs of lions that worked hard to build a solid State and achieve ever­last­ing pros­per­ity.

We wish more pros­per­ity and suc­cess for the young lead­ers who are bound to sur­pass the achieve­ments of their pre­de­ces­sors.

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