Those who were at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab on Tuesday night got to witness as hundreds of light-carrying drones took to the night sky to form a portrait of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai. The 10-minute display was a tribute to His Highness’s 50-years of service to the UAE, and also included a “Thank you Sheikh Mohammed” message as well as a portrait of Dubai’s Crown Prince, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid.
The stunning light show came just days after members of the royal family of Abu Dhabi, including HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, presented Sheikh Mohammed with a massive white cake inscribed with the text “50 Years for the country” in Arabic in honor of his 50th anniversary as the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. The images then faded away to reveal a message in Arabic, promoting the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi and the eldest son of HH the late Sheikh Zayed declared 2019 as The Year of Tolerance last month. The Year of Tolerance will focus on five main pillars. The first will be to increase the values of tolerance and co-existence by focusing on instilling these values on the youth. The second pillar seeks to solidify the UAE as the global capital for tolerance, by way of a series of initiatives and projects. Building tolerant communities via a host of cultural programmes and events is the third pillar. The fourth pillar focuses on policy-oriented initiatives surrounding cultural and religious tolerance, and finally, the fifth pillar aims to boost co-existence via the media.
2018 was dubbed the Year of Zayed, while 2017 was the Year of Giving.