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Our Union puts public interest first: Mohammed bin Rashid

DUBAI, 1st December 2021 (WAM) – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said that the 'Principles of the 50', announced upon the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, detail the 10 principles of the UAE's strategic and development roadmap for the next 50 years.

"Everyone on this kind land is invited to join us in the journey of the next 50 years: women, men, and youth; citizens and residents for whom the UAE has become a second home," His Highness Sheikh Mohammed added in his message on the 50th National Day.

The full text of the message runs as follows:

"Dear brothers and sisters,

Fifty years ago, we had a dream…a dream of building a state, a home, a united people, a homeland for all and a country that performs in the same league as the world’s top nations.

What at the time may have appeared as un unattainable dream, has today emerged as a proud, strong homeland – one that is secure and invincible.

What was once a state creation project, which many bet would not survive or grow, has today become a trailblazing and change-making state moving towards the future with greater steadfastness and bigger faith than ever, drawing upon a legacy of five decades of achievements, which left their marks deep in history.

On the 50th anniversary of our Union, we are reminded of our ambitious beginnings, the dreams that once seemed larger than us then, the great missions and responsibilities that exceeded our abilities and capabilities, the reconstruction and development projects that awaited us and that exceeded our resources, and the greatest mission of all, which was to build a state guided by the vision of our Founding Fathers.

No matter how great the challenges and obstacles were, nothing was able to discourage us, break our will, or defeat our dreams. When unification attempts around us were shattering on the ground, our unity became a living embodiment of the culture of ‘nothing is impossible’, which guides our strategies, policies, thought, and work.

Many would ask: What is the Emirati "recipe for success"? What are the components of the formula of the UAE? How did we succeed where others failed? I would tell you in a nutshell: Our union puts the public interest first; there is no place for selfishness, personal agendas, or and factional interests. And should there be a secret component to the UAE’s formula, it is undoubtedly the Emirati man and woman the most precious assets of our country and their lasting wealth. The citizen's life is an extension of the homeland’s life; his/her stability, safety and security are part of the homeland’s stability, safety and security, and his/her dignity and invincibility are a reflection of the homeland’s own dignity and invincibility.

Dear brothers and sisters, Last September, we announced the 'Principles of the 50', upon the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, detailing the 10 principles of the UAE's strategic and development roadmap for the next 50 years.

These 10 principles constitute a point of reference to all state institutions as they work towards advancing our economic, social, and cultural systems and focusing on our development priorities, most importantly building a sustainable economy, mobilizing efforts and harnessing all resources to strengthen the foundations of the Union, as well as achieving prosperity, stability and social accord.

If we were to go back 50 years, specifically to Thursday, December 2, 1971, we would find the "Principles of the 50" echoed in the first historical document that defined the Union's vision, through that key statement issued by the Founding Fathers. The Declaration of the Union is the founding document, and the "Principles of the 50" is a consolidation document. The Declaration of the Union paved the way for building the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, the "Principles of the 50" is paving the UAE's way into the future.

On December 2, 2021, the United Arab Emirates will enter a new phase in the nation-building process. Our march into the next 50 years will be more challenging and very ambitious. It will require creative thinking, distinctive approaches, hard work, exceptional efforts, and significant momentum as we seek new projects and initiatives. Hard work alone is not enough; we need to become innovators and creators. Building alone is not enough; we need to make our own developments. Being number one is no longer enough as well; we need to become exemplary role models to be followed. It is not enough to live up to expectations; we must exceed all expectations.

Everyone on this kind land is invited to join us in the journey of the next 50 years women, men, and youth; citizens and residents for whom the UAE has become a second home. Everyone has an opportunity to create and contribute to the most significant developmental project: "the UAE of the Next 50 Years", where the sky is the limit for imagination and ambition. The journey of the 50 years has begun promptly, and everyone can participate in building the future we all seek.

No matter how big or great they are, all ideas, dreams, and projects can be turned into a reality.

The bigger our dreams, the bigger our accomplishments.

I wish the people of the UAE a very happy UAE National Day. May every year bring with it bigger achievements and enable us to accomplish more.

The best is yet to come."

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Hamdan bin Mohammed launches “04” unified interactive platform to link Dubai Government & its customers

DUBAI, 21st March, 2023 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, launched “04,” a platform connecting Dubai Government and its customers with a view to encouraging them to contribute to enhancing Dubai’s government services. The platform enables customers to submit suggestions, comments and complaints in three steps via an omnichannel experience.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said: “We have learned invaluable lessons from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that being proactive is the key to the government of the future. To become a proactive government, we must actively listen to the people and make informed decisions based on their input.”

His Highness said that the aim of the “04 Platform” is to bridge the gap between government and its customers. HH said: “Dubai’s model for future governments relies on a strong connection between the leadership and customers, whom it views as strategic partners in designing, implementing, and evaluating the services.” The platform will allow officials and stakeholders to directly receive and respond to customers’ opinions, suggestions, and ideas, as well as any challenges they may face.

His Highness added: “We have great confidence in the government work team, and I urge everyone to consistently engage with customers to meet their aspirations and exceed their expectations. Our ultimate goal is to promote the happiness of society and reinforce Dubai’s position as a world leader in government. We must have the courage to implement necessary changes in our relentless pursuit of excellence, paving the way for a better tomorrow.”

“04 Platform”
The launch of “04 Platform” aligns with Dubai’s ‘360 Services’ policy, which places customers at the heart of the process of developing government services and provides them with a unified platform to voice their opinions, offer suggestions and raise any challenges or complaints.

Developed by the Dubai Model Centre of the General Secretariat of The Executive Council and the Dubai Digital Authority, with the participation of more than 40 government entities and others, the “04 Platform” represents an innovative customer interface for all citizens, residents, and even visitors.

The platform aims to elevate customer satisfaction and happiness to new heights by providing a seamless experience for users. Customers can submit their feedback in just three simple steps: visiting the website (04.gov.ae), selecting the feedback category, and receiving a reference number for tracking and follow-up on their enquiries. The system also supports submission via WhatsApp for Business, where users can add 600500055 as a contact and message directly to provide their feedback.

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Humaid Al Nuaimi opens Raqib Mosque in Ajman

AJMAN, 21st March, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman performed the Maghrib prayer today at Al Raqib Mosque in the Al Raqib area of Ajman, marking its opening in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of Ajman Executive Council.

The mosque, built in the modern Islamic style, accommodates up to 1,350 worshippers, and its architecture relied on a system of building with portable walls without columns, in addition to external worship spaces, ablution facilities, an external hallway, extensive lush gardens, and parking lots.

The ruler of Ajman was briefed on the mosque's specs, listening to a comprehensive explanation of the mosque and its various facilities.

He commended the attention accorded to mosques across the nation by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

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Fatima bint Hazza honoured with Arab Woman Award in London

LONDON, 21st March, 2023 (WAM) — The Arab London Foundation awarded Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy and the Fatima bint Hazza Cultural Foundation, the Arab Woman Award 2023, in recognition of her outstanding achievements and efforts in empowering women in various fields, especially cultural and sports.
Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan received the award in the culture category during a ceremony held in London, UK, to present the annual Arab Women Awards in its eighth edition under the theme "Tell Her Story," in tribute to her initiatives and successful endeavours in promoting the role of women.
Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Al Nahyan has been nominated for this award for her pioneering role in the cultural scene within the country and the region. She launched initiatives to provide access to education in affected areas in Bangladesh, built schools in Kenya, and established the Fatima bint Hazza Fund for Emirati women to enable them to pursue higher education at prestigious universities worldwide. Sheikha Fatima also launched several initiatives for young people through the Fatima bint Hazza Cultural Foundation, which focuses on art, literature, sustainability, and community interaction. It is worth noting that the foundation is also launching a series of short stories for young people that focus on culture, local identity, and sustainability.
The Arab London Foundation praised Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza's active role in empowering women in various fields, saying, "Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan is committed to enhancing the role of women in various ways, as she is a supporter of sports and arts, and we are honoured to bestow her with the Achievement Award in Cultural Development."
In her speech during the ceremony, Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza greeted Arab women, considering that "this ceremony is a celebration of women's ability to excel, succeed, and contribute positively to the world."
She also thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for their keenness to encourage women and provide them with all they need to play a positive role in society and achieve their dreams.
Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza added that "effective participation and making progress and positive change are the core values that we have been raised on. I am proud to represent my country, the UAE, where women have not had to struggle to obtain their rights, but have always been at the forefront since the establishment of the state."
Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Al Nahyan stated that our founding father, Sheikh Zayed, instilled in us the idea of dreaming without limits and contributing to society through knowledge and good treatment. He believed that women are not only half of society but also the creators of future generations. He was ahead of his time in recognizing the role of women, even before advanced countries began to develop strategies related to this role. The presence of ten female ministers in the UAE government is evidence of gender equality in the country.
Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Al Nahyan expressed her gratitude to her great inspiration, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the "Mother of the Nation," President of the General Women's Union, Chair of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Chair of the Family Development Foundation. Sheikha Fatima is continuously inspired by her strength and immense interest in women's social and governmental affairs.
Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Al Nahyan concluded her statement by saying that her father, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, never stopped believing in and supporting her until she reached where she is now. He is one of the many male supporters of women in the UAE.
It is worth mentioning that the Arab London Foundation Award aims to highlight the successes of Arab women and honour distinguished women who have made a positive impact in the fields of education, literature, culture, media, entrepreneurship, science, community service, and more.
The Arab London Foundation launched the Arab Women's Award in 2014 in collaboration with the Mayor of London, government institutions, and British universities to show great appreciation for the achievements of Arab women worldwide.

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