Sheikh Mohammed said since its formation, the UAE has presented a unique success story in all sectors, thanks to the futuristic vision and noble principles established by the founding leaders. He noted, "Over the past 50 years, we started from the desert of our land to the desert of Mars. Our dreams will be even bigger for the next 50 years."
The quality of life in the UAE is highly decent. This has been expressed by Muhammad Jahangir, a 62-year-old Pakistani expatriate.
The result of hard work is always grand, said Shaukat Rana, a Pakistani expatriate who has been residing in Dubai for over five decades.
Even prior to becoming a part of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, Dubai always attracted expatriates from the Indian subcontinent. Not just skilled people but also non-skilled persons or businessmen from different parts of the sub-continent came here. The father of Praful P Dhakan, a 53-year-old Indian, was among those who reached Dubai on a ship after spending 5 days in the sea. Praful P Dhakan was born in 1969 in Dubai.
There are many expatriates in the country who utilise their every effort to be successful in their particular field and turn shining stars for their own community. They stand tall in the over 200 expatriate communities that co-exist in the country.
Since its establishment in 1971, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has been playing a leading role in translating into reality the UAE’s vision to strengthen the economies of developing countries, as well as supporting the national economy and enhancing its competitiveness at the global level.
Sher Akbar Afridi, a Pakistani expatriate who has been residing in the UAE for 57 years and is a prominent businessman and social worker, has made it clear that only honesty matters if someone aspiring to be a successful person embarks on a mission to achieve something big.
Laying the foundation for the next 50 years may seem like a daunting task at first sight, but it is not a goal that is impossible to achieve and the Rulers know that full well. In fact, the word impossible does not exist in the UAE dictionary.
The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is preparing for the next 50 years through various contributions to projects of the 50. It comes within an ambitious strategic plan that contributes to achieving qualitative and ambitious leaps. The university students play the pivotal role in this vision by cognitively and scientifically empowering them to play the future role in development in the next 50 years of the union.
"Employing local talent is a priority at Majid Al Futtaim and we view it as a competitive advantage that is integral to our long-term success. We are proud to support the UAE Government’s vision to build the region’s most competitive economy," he concluded.