January 4, 2022, marks the 16th anniversary of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister as the Ruler of Dubai. In 2006, the visionary leader became the ruler following the passing of his brother, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid. The next day, he was elected Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE by the Supreme Council members after the approval of his nomination by President Sheikh Khalifa.
The Accession Day is celebrated nationwide, as noted by Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, wife of Sheikh Mohammed. Sharing that it is “an occasion dear to the hearts of all Emiratis,” she said: “[Sheikh Mohammed] has established a unique development approach based on important pillars, foremost among them dedication to work, keenness to excel and reach the top of quality and make reaching the top and first place a strategic goal within various fields of work.”
سمو الشيخة هند بنت مكتوم بن جمعة آل مكتوم: ذكرى تولي محمد بن راشد مقاليد الحكم في إمارة دبي تمثل مناسبة عزيزة على قلوب كل الإماراتيين نحتفي فيها بقائد مُلهِم يسابق الزمن من أجل رفعة وطنه وتقدم شعبه، بسعيه الدؤوب نحو التميز والابداع.
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As for Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler uses the day to highlight and thank various segments of society, and announce special campaigns and initiatives. On his 15th anniversary in 2021, Sheikh Mohammed penned a heartfelt open letter addressing the people of the UAE in which he recalled both challenges and achievements, sharing his hopes for the country’s future.
Born on July 15, 1949, Sheikh Mohammed first became the Head of Dubai Police and Public Security as his first public position and would go on to become the Crown Prince of Dubai in 1995. A known poet, Sheikh Mohammed often takes to his public channels to share his journey and his unique view on life through words. He once said, “[A poet] sees the earth, sea, and sky with a different eye. A poet is calm in nature and observant. This, I believe, is what makes a strong leader.”