As this year marks 50 years since the unification of the emirates, the leaders of the UAE are in the midst of paving the way for the next half a century.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, are currently leading a government retreat to discuss and layout plans for the future success of the country.

Per WAM, the UAE’s state news agency, discussing their meeting publicly, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed showcased his unwavering support for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, stating the country and its people will preserve the Dubai Ruler’s goal to remain “number one”.

The Crown Prince of Dubai also reflected on the “solid foundation” the founding leaders of the country, Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid, laid for the UAE.

“The UAE has reached where it is today, thanks to the values of tolerance and coexistence that the founding leaders Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid established from the beginning of our journey,” he said. “The last 50 years were filled with prosperity, development and success, and we will need to move at a greater speed to meet our growing ambitions for the next 50 years.

“Our government teams in the next phase will only welcome people who will exert 10 times more efforts and energy to achieve greater successes. Our vision is to make the UAE an attractive destination for talents, ideas and investment.

“We will preserve Mohammed bin Rashid’s principle of always being number one.”

Sheikh Mohammed also returned the public statement of support for his “brother” Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, outlining that following the success of the Mars Hope Probe that the dreams for the UAE “will be even bigger for the next 50 years”.

“We have reached this far because the impossible does not exist in the UAE,” he added. “We have the scientific, educational and economic resources to take the UAE to new frontiers in the next 50 years, and we have Mohamed bin Zayed to lead this journey.”

Here’s to the next 50 years of the UAE…

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