Benefiting from the UAE's Experience

  • 1 July 2013

The Arab world has featured prominently in the UAE’s policies since 1971. This was evident during the days of Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul) and President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) has adopted the same approach. The UAE’s wise leadership supports policies that are aimed at achieving development and prosperity in the Arab world and helps serve the interests of Arab people and their mutual interests.

The statement given by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during his meeting on Saturday with several Libyan government officials should be seen in this context. The Libyan officials were taking part in Leaders’ Program organized by the Dubai School of Government in collaboration with the Libyan Veterans Affairs Commission. Expressing the UAE’s wishes for prosperity and stability in Arab countries His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid stressed the importance of cooperation for achieving mutual interests and exchanging knowledge and expertise among these countries to fulfill larger interests.

His Highness also stressed that conflict is “not in the interest of our people.” The UAE has managed to achieve comprehensive development, which is a pioneering experiment at Arab, regional and international levels. Doors are open for Arab countries to utilize the UAE’s expertise and understand the country’s experience in pursuit of development, prosperity and stability and in shunning conflict, differences and extremism across the Arab world. The UAE’s path to progress in recent years has been anything but easy. Obstacles have been overcome to make these miraculous achievements.

The UAE experiment has much to offer to the Arab region and to the nations striving to rebuild, overcome challenges and look toward the future with a new spirit. The most important lesson is that all kinds of crises can be surmounted and prosperity can be achieved if there is unity in the country, loyalty to the leadership and a clear vision on managing the resources. This would ensure that the country’s interests are given top priority, it becomes open to ideas and expertise, use human resources as a means and an end at the same time, and firmly believe that development is an ongoing process. Nations with aspirations for a decent position on the world map have no choice but to move on.