Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (C)
Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Sunday met representatives of media organisations of 36 Arab and other countries, currently visiting the UAE on the occasion of the
42nd National Day, and of prominent representatives of UAE media organisations, at Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa Present at the meeting were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of National Media Council (NMC), Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and other senior officials.
At the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid spoke about a number of important topics, most notably the UAE National Day and its importance to the people for the UAE, and the success of the UAE's bid to host the world EXPO 2020 and its significance both locally and internationally as well as its positive effects for the region and the world.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid expressed appreciation of the role the media play in expressing people's ambitions and as well as in being partners to governments in observing improvement and development.
Speaking on the UAE National Day, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, "Our joy today as we celebrate the 42nd National Day is doubled by the UAE's winning of the bid to host the world EXPO 2020." He described the occasion as the crucial day which saw the establishment of the UAE Federation, and the current celebrations of the occasion as an opportunity for Emiratis to express their love and loyalty to the historic determination and will against challenges.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed attributed the success of the UAE in hosting EXPO 2020 to the wise leadership and directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the follow-up by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces who was interested in following up all stages of work in the lead up to the U.A.E's win which is one of its most important achievements in terms of global competitiveness.
He also attributed the success of EXPO 2020 bid "to the wise policy established by the nation's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who laid the solid foundations for the country's strong and friendly international relations based on mutual respect. This policy is followed by my brother President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, supported by my brother Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed." "We worked hard to provide the basis of this achievement. Allah helped us to succeed. We are now thinking beyond EXPO 2020, as we are in a new phase of achievements. The future will be our main concern.... to peacefully coexist with others and to do good for all." "We thank all the countries which stood by us and voted for us, as well as the countries which did not vote for us." He described the success of EXPO 2020 bid was not only an achievement for the UAE, but also a strategic success of a vast region inhabited by two billion people. "The UAE engaged in a fierce international competition to host this global mega event to its land in order to open promising and unlimited opportunities for the peoples of this region to achieve their aspirations and find a proper position within the progress of the world." His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum praised all the relevant teams government departments and ministries for their role in making the national achievement of hosting EXPO 2020. Paying a special tribute to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) he said, " Led by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, MoFA has made exceptional efforts. All worked as one team and the positive energy was always there during all stages as all the efforts and strengths were unified for the achievement of one goal. Thank God for helping us make this achievement." "We were glad to see that all people here including nationals, residents, guests and visitors were happy when we dedicated the win (of EXPO 2020 bid) to all Arab and regional countries. During our work on the bid, we put in mind, not only interests of the UAE, but also the interests of the whole Arab region. The interests of their peoples were always on our mind. We thank our brothers for their stance for the UAE Persistence leads man to success." Answering a question by a member of the visiting media delegation on when Arabs would manufacture their own weapons, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, "We don't want weapons. We do want peace. As my brother Mohammed bin Zayed said, international relations are more important than guns and missiles." He also re-affirmed the U.A.E's commitment to promote global peace against wars.
"We want peace to prevail the whole world so all people can live in peace and safety. The people of the UAE enjoys peace and happiness under the leadership of my brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, and under follow-up by my other brother Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed." "We hope that peace will prevail all our Arab countries. We tell them that determination, will and positive attitude are important factors for the targeted positive development," His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.
On his part, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister ( Chairman of National Media Council (NMC), affirmed that the prosperity of the nation and the welfare of nationals is among the top strategic goals the UAE is seeking to achieve under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, within the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and under follow-up by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces." Thanking His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid for his unwavering support, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah said, "Any successful official looks forward to working as a member of a team led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. This is a big honour that requires more efforts and commitment on the way to achieve the successes the wise leadership of the nation seeks to achieve in the service of the country. Thanks to this vision, the UAE has succeeded in earning international respect and appreciation."