Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s accession to Ruler of Dubai. On January 4th 2006, Sheikh Mohammed was appointed Ruler after the passing of his brother, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
A visionary leader and a role model for all, Sheikh Mohammed’s leadership has inspired so many across the UAE and the world. His ambition, commitment and drive to create a world-class city of the future has seen him write the Dubai success story in record time and really put the UAE on a unique path, which nations around the world compete to replicate.
Sheikh Mohammed has issued several directives and laws aimed at elevating the standard of living for all residents in the UAE. Under Sheikh Mohammed, the emirate has developed rapidly and witnessed a sustained economic boom, despite the global financial crisis of 2008. He has helped position the emirate – and the nation at large – for the future by strengthening the non-oil economy. Construction, travel, tourism and retail sectors; all have blossomed under his stewardship.
While the past decade has borne witness to some truly remarkable achievements by Sheikh Mohammed, the mark he has made on the country certainly precedes his role as Ruler of Dubai.
During the 1970s, Sheikh Mohammed was both head of the Dubai Defence Force and Minister of Defence. He was instrumental in the creation of Emirates Airline in 1985 and, as Crown Prince, launched the landmark Burj Al Arab hotel in 1999 and instigated the construction of the Palm Jumeirah in 2001.
Those last three are now potent symbols of Dubai as a world city, as is the Burj Khalifa, which, in the first four years of his rule, rose from a concrete stump to become the tallest building in the world.
On this occasion, The President, Sheikh Khalifa congratulated Sheikh Mohammed on “ruling and leading one of the most advanced and efficient governments”. A twitter campaign #ThankUShkMohd was launched, where several prominent personalities and business leaders from across the UAE congratulated His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on achieving this milestone.
Links Group would like to take this opportunity to extend our congratulations and gratitude to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his visionary leadership and ongoing efforts to make Dubai the best city in which to live and work. These efforts are helping to attract more foreign investors from around the world who are increasingly recognising the UAE as a strategic, international business hub.
If all of this can be distilled to a single word for Sheikh Mohammed’s vision, it would be happiness. As he puts it: “Good governance is about nothing more or less than creating happiness. It really is that simple.”