Qualitative Steps and a Balanced Foreign Policy

  • 17 December 2008

The policies of the United Arab Emirates are drawing appreciation and acclaim at the internal and international levels. The UAE's developmental model is being admired both regionally and globally, in its various economic, social and cultural, political and security dimensions. The most recent of praises has come from a senior US official, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and Democratic Senator from the State of Montana, Max Baucus. During the course of his visit to the UAE, Mr. Baucus lauded the efforts of the UAE leadership for successfully carrying out major qualitative measures and for the country's rapid development and growth. He said that he had visited many countries, but found that the UAE's experience is special compared to other countries in that—despite its abundant wealth of natural gas and oil—it has taken significant steps in diversifying its economy. He also expressed his admiration for the “balanced and neutral” foreign policy of the UAE and its great leaders, who continue to lead by example.

The US senator has stated the obvious facts about the United Arab Emirates, which enjoys a model of leadership and development that has become an example to be followed at the international stage and is an inspiring experiment, worthy of emulation. The leadership in its ongoing efforts to raise the stature of the homeland and its citizenry, represents a model for everyone within the UAE and encourages them to put in more effort for the progress and development of the homeland. The interests of the UAE's citizen are uppermost in the minds of the leadership, and it thinks of their betterment in the present and the future. If oil wealth is considered an important and essential asset in the march towards development, it remains merely one of the many other important constituents of this development in the comprehensive strategic vision of the UAE. In fact, it is the UAE's human resources that find its place at the top of the country's sources of wealth. In this context, the diversification of sources of income has made the UAE a living example on the way to rid an oil-rich country from completely depending on one natural resource. The UAE has tapped and developed other sectors for growth, which would continue to effectively benefit current and future generations.

For this purpose, it is natural that the UAE's society remains blessed with security and stability in a region that is teeming with crises and problems. The UAE is confident of its future, despite the presence of elements of fear and anxiety that have gripped other areas in the Middle East.

At the international level, the UAE has adopted a wise and moderate foreign policy since its inception in 1971, which is aware of its position as a responsible country in the Arab, regional and international context. Despite changes and transformations in the Middle East region and the world in the recent past, this wise direction of the foreign policy has persisted because it reflects a strategic and deep commitment since the time of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may Allah grant him forgiveness) and which has continued under the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (May Allah protect him), who has further strengthened and progressed on this wise course.