The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Rear Window - By Shaadaab S Bakht

Our planet and liv­ing man’s most cher­ished goal — free­dom — was born in the United Arab Emi­rates on December 2, 1971. On that win­ter day started the na­tion’s suc­cess­ful re­al­i­sa­tion of free­dom, free­dom from un­bear­able heat, free­dom from cease­less muddy tracts, free­dom from un­guarded sand blows, free­dom from crum­bling houses, free­dom from sleep­less nights, free­dom from lack of veg­e­ta­tion and, of course, free­dom from lack of potable wa­ter.

The land was soaked in arid­ity, but not its po­lit­i­cal will. It in­deed had the en­ergy to con­vert sand cas­tles to palaces of progress. And the em­u­la­tive ar­chi­tect of the

UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sul­tan Al Nahy-

Un­der his lead­er­ship the area’s foul weather soon be­came a thing of the past, dwellings be­gan to be cooled per­ma­nently and plants be­gan to be nour­ished to en­vi­able health. He com­pro­mised on noth­ing that a mod­ern man de­sired. His to-do list ranged from roads to trans­port to houses to mar­kets to hos­pi­tals to ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions to parks to sta­di­ums to the­atres.

One can drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to Sharjah to Aj­man to Ras Al Khaimah to Fu­jairah to Umm Al Qawain and check out the progress made by this young na­tion.

The nom­i­nal gross do­mes­tic prod­uct of the UAE is ex­pected to cross Dhs2.07 tril­lion by 2019, the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary

our com­mit­ment to the found­ing prin­ci­ples of our na­tion such as tol­er­ance, ac­cep­tance, and giv­ing.”

He con­grat­u­lated the peo­ple on the 46th Na­tional Day and wished the UAE fur­ther achieve­ments and pros­per­ity un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent His High­ness Sheikh Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his brothers, Their High­nesses Supreme Coun­cil Mem­bers and Rulers of the Emi­rates.

The lead­ers’ de­ter­mi­na­tion to look after those who look up to them is some­thing that’s heart­warm­ingly lived out also by His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces. He said ear­lier this week, “Based on Sheikh Khal­ifa’s vi­sion, we are up­dat­ing poli­cies re­lated to ci­ti­zen hous­ing sys­tem and in­tro­duc­ing a pack­age of res­i­den­tial prod­ucts in Abu Dhabi.”

“Proud to name the largest hous­ing project in Abu Dhabi as Riyadh City. Saudi Ara­bia-uae long­stand­ing ties are based on brother­hood, co­op­er­a­tion and com­mon des­tiny,” he added on twit­ter.

Sheikh Mo­hamed said, “We con­sider the hap­pi­ness of the Emi­rati peo­ple among the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions...and our vi­sion of the fu­ture is to achieve the best hous­ing and ur­ban sys­tems that live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the cit­i­zens.”

Well, if the mea­sure of gov­er­nance is per­for­mance, which it al­ways is, then the

Happy Na­tional Day.

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