Sixteen years ago, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the Ruler of Dubai, and since then, under his leadership, the emirate has become a global hub for business, travel, education and more.

To mark the occasion, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE’s wife, Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, shared a message published via the Dubai Media Office.

Sheikha Hind stated that the anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed’s succession into the role as Ruler of Dubai is “an occasion dear to the hearts of all Emiratis”.

The milestone celebrates “an inspiring leader who is racing against time for the advancement of his country and the progress of his people, with his tireless pursuit of excellence and creativity”.

“His Highness the Ruler of Dubai has established a unique development approach based on important pillars, foremost of which is sincerity in work, keenness on excellence, reaching the top of quality, and making attaining the top and first place a strategic goal in various fields of work,” she added.

Sheikh Mohammed succeeded his late brother, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum on January 4, 2006, after his passing.

The following day, on January 5, 2006, he was officially appointed as Vice President of the UAE and was appointed the Prime Minister of the UAE five weeks later on February 11, 2006.

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