Sheikh Mohammed's Introduction to DED annaul report
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum asserted that the UAE has early realized the importance of investing in consolidated infrastructure rules with the highest degree of reliability and keeping pace with the world latest in the various fields. Sheikh Mohammed words came in an introduction he gave to the annual report issued by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai. Following is the full translated text of the speech:
We in the UAE, under the leadership of my brother President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan "May God protect him," continue what our late fathers Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may their souls rest in peace, had started since the beginning of the seventh decade of the last century, when they launched the first building blocks of the Union.
The UAE has early realized the importance of investing in consolidated infrastructure rules with the highest degree of reliability and keeping pace with the world latest in the various fields.
Since the establishment of our beloved country we have put before our eyes the development of man and opening all doors of science and education, production and creativity before him; we have also provided man with free and dignified livelihood in terms of health and sports services, cultural and housing services, as well as boundless material and moral support.
When my father decided to move forward in the expansion of the Creek, ordered the construction of the Dubai International Airport and directed the establishment of Jebel Ali Port, in a series of mega-projects, those around him couldn?t hide their doubts in the economic viability of these projects at that time, but this is Dubai and these are our people who look to the future with insight and steady steps, believing in their strong faith in God, work capabilities and self reliance in overcoming challenges and achieving what seems a fantasy at first glance.
We are reaping what has been planted by our parents; our economy is diversified and does not depend only on foreign investments, which we welcome in Dubai. We take pride in our loyal group of national companies operating in the UAE and beyond, such as Emirates Airlines, DP World, Jumeirah Group and others. These achievements and others are the practical and realistic proof through which we prove our ability to overcome crises, which represent our vigor to continue to grow and develop.