The ever-growing record of the UAE’s accomplishments and its distinction of standing first in many international indices is testimony to the fact that it has successfully achieved the goals it set up more than a decade ago. The Government of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai had set up a clear goal for itself back in 2007, in that the UAE should become ‘number one’ in every sphere and walk of life.
Taking on the ‘impossible’
The leadership, government and people of the UAE have realized that reaching the first place is not an easy task. Quite the opposite, it is a formidable goal because we live in a Middle East where all security, political and economic challenges converge and attaining greatness is a daunting prospect. It is difficult to aspire to be the first amid the surrounding violence, extremism and terrorism, as well as the pervading greed, hatred and envy. However, we live in the UAE and under a leadership that does not know the impossible. We are solving a difficult equation, in a difficult place and time just because we do not know the “impossible”.
In the global competitive report for the year of 2017 - 2018, the UAE has succeeded in securing the first place in 50 international indices.Mohammed Al-Hammadi
In the global competitive report for the year of 2017 - 2018, the UAE has succeeded in securing the first place in 50 international indices. Overall, the service sector that promote the interest of the community and the people have performed exceptionally, including the quality of government decisions that affect everyone and manifest in the lives of all individuals, as well as the government's capacity to adjust to variables, the efficiency of government spending, the absence of tax and its impact on potential investments, public-private partnerships, the growth and implementation of technology, the quality of roads and infrastructure for tourism, corporate digitization, gender equity, tolerance with foreigners, low rate of violent crime, and an electronic hope
Aim of achieving happiness
The UAE's first place does not mean that we should flaunt and brandish these accomplishments in the face of other people and countries in the world. It simply means bringing happiness to people because people are able to avail high quality services. It means that the government is efficiently working, that the economy is growing and that life is moving for the good of everyone.
So when we see the happiness of a carpet merchant upon meeting the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, along with everyone in the market who were thrilled by this spontaneous meeting, it means that we are held dear in the hearts of everyone, in the heart of the simple man. This means that people are enjoying a better quality of life and harbour the prospect of a promising future. The recent government summit is testimony to the fact that the government of Sheikh Mohammed is always working to serve people, is preoccupied with the present and planning for the future. Hence, it has promised to itself that the UAE should always stand first.
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Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi