UAE’s Golden Jubilee was not only marked with countrywide celebrations, but also with personal letters by rulers of all seven emirates. Addressing the nation, the rulers looked back on the challenges and achievements of the past 50 years while sharing their hopes for the future.
In his letter, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said, “50 years ago, we had a dream… A dream of building a state, a home, a united people, a homeland for all and a country that performs in the same league as the world’s top nations. What at the time may have appeared as an unattainable dream, has today emerged as a proud, strong homeland – one that is secure and invincible.” He continued, “Many would ask: ‘What is the Emirati recipe for success?’ What are the components of the formula of the UAE? How did we succeed where others failed? I would tell you in a nutshell: Our union puts the public interest first; there is no place for selfishness, personal agendas, or factional interests.”
الإخوة والأخوات .. قبل خمسين عاماً كان لدينا حلم .. وتحقق.. واليوم نحن أمام أحلام أكبر لأجيالنا القادمة .. نحتفل غداً بانجاز حلمنا السابق .. ونستعد للخمسين عاماً القادمة بإرادة وعزيمة عظيمة ورثناها من آبائنا المؤسسين .. pic.twitter.com/QPmAD0pkmZ
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) December 1, 2021
Sheikh Mohammed also highlighted the Principles of the 50, a series of initiatives announced earlier this year to map the country’s strategic development for the next five decades. “If we were to go back 50 years, specifically to Thursday, December 2, 1971, we would find the Principles of the 50 echoed in the first historical document that defined the Union’s vision, through that key statement issued by the Founding Fathers,” the ruler said. “The Declaration of the Union is the founding document, and the ‘Principles of the 50’ is a consolidation document.”
Looking to the future, Sheikh Mohammed addressed all those who have adopted UAE as their home, calling on them to share their ambitions. “Everyone on this kind land is invited to join us in the journey of the next 50 years women, men, and youth; citizens and residents for whom the UAE has become a second home,” he said. “Everyone has an opportunity to create and contribute to the most significant developmental project: “the UAE of the Next 50 Years”, where the sky is the limit for imagination and ambition.” He added, “No matter how big or great they are, all ideas, dreams, and projects can be turned into a reality. The best is yet to come.”
We continue our journey with confidence and determination pic.twitter.com/ryPFohtz4J
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) December 1, 2021
This sentiment was also shared by HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in his letter. “Expatriate residents have been an essential part of our journey and we remain open to all who wish to bring their energy, talent and creativity to our shores to help create a brighter future for all,” he said.
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