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Vibrant UAE


The UAE is the fastest-growing and most stable countries in the entire region. WAM

While the UAE was celebrating its 48th National Day this week, the thoughts running in my head were of when I first stepped into the country, ten years ago. And I can say now that I am privileged to be here and be a witness of the country’s phenomenal growth in the last decade (“We have turned making achievements to a way of life: VP,” Dec.2, Gulf Today).

All credit should go to the UAE leadership as the nation turns out to be one of the fastest-growing and most stable countries in the entire region. It is also a very peaceful place and very welcoming. And to expats like me, these attributes play a big role especially in the initial months when we are trying to get familiarised to our new home.

The harmonious blend of varied cultures and nationalities in the UAE is outstanding, so much so that it took me less than two months, from my arrival here, that I felt I was completely at home in my so called ‘second’ home. What’s unique about this place is that it is a very vibrant country and yet it is also a very relaxed place to live in. And that I feel it is because the leadership is visionary in its outlook.

The country is emerging as an inspiring model of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. Over the years that I have been here, I have seen the leaders engage in international efforts focused on strengthening closer relations between cultures and religions while building bridges that contribute to its progress and enhance security and stability.

It was thanks to their efforts that I got an opportunity to attend the Papal mass in Abu Dhabi. But more than that, I was impressed by the Document on Human Fraternity which was signed jointly by Pope Francis and Dr. Ahmed El Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar. It is this which sets UAE apart from its neighbours. It is this that makes the nation a great nation, even though it is only 48. Great going, UAE.

Peter Andre
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