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UAE beacon of progress due to economic diversification


The UAE National Day is a cherished occasion for both citizens and residents of the nation. Kamal Kassim


The UAE has become a symbol of prosperity and achievements in the past 48 years. Today the adorable country is celebrating its 48th National Day. The whole nation is proud, jubilant and ecstatic. The entire world, including foreign diplomats, industry heavyweights, hoteliers, local traders, investors and business analysts, has paid tributes to the Rulers and people of the country.

Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) told Gulf Today that the “UAE National Day” is a time to reflect on the glorious moment that marked a milestone in the history of our country 48 years ago, and has since, transformed the lives of the Emirati people.

“The unity, strength and determination envisioned by the (late) Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan laid a solid foundation of ambitious growth and progressive development that has today established the nation as a modern, prosperous society,” he added.

“The UAE also became a key regional and global destination for businesses and investments, thanks to its dynamic economic diversification policies, innovation in business models and increasing productivity. The legacy of our founding fathers continues to influence decision-making processes in the UAE even today, as we move ahead to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, preparing the nation for future generations.”

“At Shurooq, we believe that our mission goes beyond development projects; we are committed to building our emirate and nation in a way that positively impacts people’s overall quality of life and fulfills future aspirations of both citizens and residents,” Marwan concluded.  

Eng. Khalid Al Ali, Secretary General, Sharjah Urban Planning Council, said: “The UAE National Day is a time to reflect on the enormous progress our nation has achieved over the past 48 years, which has catapulted in to the forefront, globally, in cultural, scientific and economic domains. This has all been made possible due to the unstinting efforts of our people and the long-term vision of our wise leadership.”

He added: “Sharjah Urban Planning Council prides itself as a key contributor to the UAE’s development journey. It seeks to advance Sharjah’s infrastructure to optimally meet the fast-changing needs of the emirate’s residents and citizens by offering them the facilities and services they need to lead high quality lives. Through our efforts, we also seek to achieve Sharjah and the UAE’s vision of turning the nation into a key destination for youth from around the region and the world, who will see it as a haven for their professional pursuits as well as the perfect destination to enjoy a modern and socially conscious lifestyles.”

Mohamed Juma Al Musharrkh, CEO, Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah) said:  “The UAE National Day is a cherished occasion for both citizens and residents of the nation. On this glorious day, we celebrate the forward-looking vision of our wise leadership that is today paying rich dividends across all sectors of the economy. “Bold decisions and an ambitious economic vision have boosted the competitiveness landscape of the nation, transforming the UAE into a key global investment destination. “Buoyed by the strength of its robust economic growth, the UAE is today considered to be a safe haven for investors and entrepreneurs and is seen as the strategic gateway to expand in the region and beyond to the emerging markets of Asia and Africa.”

 “Over the past 48 years, the UAE’s progressive policy of economic diversification has established the fundamentals of a business-friendly environment for global economic partnerships to guarantee long-term prosperity for its citizens.”  

Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of The Big Heart Foundation,  said: The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) takes pride in congratulating the UAE’s leadership, its citizens and residents on the occasion of the 48th National Day.

The late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the founding leaders of the UAE have given us plenty of reasons to be proud of on this glorious day. This country was founded on the universal human values of love and tolerance, and today, is a role model of peaceful co-existence in the Arab world. Along with being a comforting home to over 200 nationalities who live and work together sharing friendship and goodwill, the UAE has taken this humanitarian spirit worldwide by offering help and aid to those who need it the most.

 These values that embody our Emirati identity and are at the core of the existence of all our institutions, including the TBHF, deeply rooted in the culture of giving. Launched in response to helping those in need, TBHF’s initiatives to provide urgent relief as well as sustainable support to displaced children, families and other vulnerable communities, stem from the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of TBHF.