On December 31, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum celebrated his 50th anniversary as the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. In honor of his decades-long service to the UAE, 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.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also posted a heartfelt tribute in the form of a touching open letter on Twitter, thanking the Ruler of Dubai for his years of services. “In the Year of Zayed, my brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid completes 50 years in serving the nation. (It was 50 years ago that) … he became the Dubai Police chief,” wrote Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince alongside two black-and-white portraits of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed with the UAE’s Founding Father, the late HH Sheikh Zayed. “His is a journey filled with giving. He accompanied the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in the school of life, until he himself became a school of leadership, management, and life,” he added.
“In 50 years, Sheikh Mohammed, you raised the limits of ambitions, invested in the human, established a civilization, and continue reaping the benefits of your achievements along with your people. In 50 years, Sheikh Mohammed, many things changed around you, but your care, sincerity and love for your country didn’t,” stated the Crown Prince.
Additionally, this week, everyone that has passed through New York City’s Times Square has glimpsed upon a giant mural of the UAE Vice President that was painted on the Nasdaq tower, in honor of his slew of achievements over the course of the last 50 years. On its Twitter account, Nasdaq Dubai said: “We extend our dedication to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-president and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Thank you for your 50 years in serving the nation.”
Here’s to 50 more glorious years.