UAE Leadership and its Historic Role
- 1 October 2009
The UAE leadership enjoys an excellent international reputation, at the political, popular and intellectual levels, for its distinguished role in the establishment of a strong Federation capable of overcoming all the difficult challenges it faced, and has became a model of development at the regional and international levels. In this context, Newsweek magazine recently chose the late, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, among the top 10 international figures since World War II, who contributed to the ‘re-building’ of their nations. The magazine stated that Sheikh Zayed had excelled in successfully bringing about the formation of the UAE, and made it a modern global economic power that enjoys religious tolerance and liberal policies with regard to women's rights, and that the policies he laid down provided suitable conditions for the UAE to become an international center for trade and business. The magazine also chose the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in its 14th August edition, as the Personality of the Year, and as one of the 50 most influential personages because of his great and historic role in the UAE’s renaissance, and the positive cultural initiatives that he has taken since assuming power in 2004.
The international tribute to the role of the UAE’s leadership in building its nation and its historic impact in its regional and international setting comes from a thorough understanding of its philosophy on politics and governance, which has enabled it to accomplish major achievements in a short span of time. The UAE has faced several obstacles and problems with determination; a philosophy which is based on strong foundations, the first being the belief that leadership entails great responsibility, and meeting its demands requires concerted efforts to safeguard the interests of the people and to maintain security, stability and development of the homeland and citizens. The second foundation is that the citizen is the most precious and most important resource of the state; therefore, raising his wellbeing and capabilities to the maximum is the basic priority of the wise leadership. Hence, the UAE’s citizen remains the focus of the leadership’s attention since the inception of the State.
The statement of the President His Highness in 2005, on the transition from the ‘establishment stage’ to the ‘empowerment stage’, focused on enhancing the participation of the UAE citizens in public affairs, is a significant development in this regard. The third policy is to support just and legitimate causes, in building of positive and sound relations among nations and peoples. Fourth, the UAE supports world peace, and contributes in every possible way for the maintenance of peace anywhere in the world. Fifth point is the noble humanitarian approach in the UAE’s foreign policy, which has made the country a symbol of goodwill and aid worldwide.