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REPORTS - NATIONAL DAY 2006

Mohammed bin Zayed receives students

Posted on 12/12/2006

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces received in Abu Dhabi yesterday students of Al Dhibyaniah Model School for Girls who called to offer greetings on the national day anniversary. Present during the meeting were Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Dr Hanif Hassan, Education Minister. The students were accompanied by a delegation from the school's mothers council and ...  >>MORE

Pakistani media pay tribute to UAE

Posted on 06/12/2006

Islamabad - The Pakistani media have devoted a prime coverage to the UAE on the occasion of its 35th National Day celebrations. As much as 24 papers put out special editions in English, Urdu and other local languages, depicting the UAE's developmental accomplishments. The "Dawn" praised the UAE for the marvellous achievements of the federation under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the outstanding economic performance. The "Daily Jang" lauded the ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassies celebrate N-Day

Posted on 06/12/2006

UAE embassies and consulates general in Sudan, Belgium, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Morocco, and Turkey held receptions in celebration of the UAE 35th National Day Anniversary. Receptions were attended by ambassadors, members of the diplomatic missions of other countries and senior officials of hosting countries. Impressive heritage and cultural activities and performances were given to mark the happy occasion. Felicitators praised the huge development the UAE is witnessing under the ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassies celebrate National Day in Washington, London

Posted on 06/12/2006

Washington/London - The UAE Embassies in Washington and London have celebrated the 35the National Day anniversary. In a special ceremony, Saqr Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Washington, received US government officials, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international agencies. In a reception hosted by the embassy to mark the event, Issa Saleh Al Gurg, UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Non-Resident to Ireland, said the UAE today occupies a prominent position in the world ...  >>MORE

National day celebrations

Posted on 04/12/2006

A spectacular carnival marking the UAE's 35th National Day makes its way along the Corniche in Abu Dhabi. Children held a big poster featuring pictures of the Rulers of the emirates, symbolising the UAE Federation. Yesterday's carnival reflected the rich culture and heritage. (Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

UAE embassy celebrates Emirates' founding anniversary

Posted on 04/12/2006

The UAE embassy in the Philippines celebrated Saturday the 35th founding anniversary of its country, with Ambassador Mohammed Ebrahim Abdullah Al-Jowaid citing strong bilateral relations between the two Asian states. The celebration was held at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila's grand ballroom in Makati City. Ambassador Al-Jowaid said the strong ties between the UAE and the Philippines is anchored on their robust oil and non-oil trade, as well as the UAE's hosting of about 80,000 overseas ...  >>MORE

Another step forward for workers' rights

Posted on 02/12/2006

As evolution of the labour market demands a new set of rules and regulations, work on modifying the labour law was the central focus of the Ministry of Labour this year. Dr Ali Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour earlier said that a new law needs to be developed to keep pace with the progress in the country. "Rules and regulations have to be flexible and the main bulk of the law will be set to regulate the relationship between the employer and the employee," said Al Ka'abi. A list of ...  >>MORE

N-Day reminder of unity of the willing: RAK Ruler

Posted on 02/12/2006

H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah expressed today satisfaction over the achievements made by the UAE throughout the 35th years of its existence as one unified nation. In his statement to Dira' Al Watan Arabic magazine on the occasion of the 35th. Anniversary of the UAE National Day, Sheikh Saqr said "the occasion marks the unification of wills and the determination of UAE people to unify the seven emirates into a unified strong ...  >>MORE

UAE Progress will not stop or slow down: Umm al-Qaiwain Ruler

Posted on 02/12/2006

For the third year in a row, we mark the UAE National Day without the presence of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE the Federation, remarked H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain. In a statement to Dira' Al Watan Arabic magazine on the occasion of the 35th. Anniversary of the UAE National Day, Sheikh Rashid paid tribute to 35 years of achievements and progress by the UAE since the establishment of the ...  >>MORE

Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers renew allegiance to UAE Federation and Leadership

Posted on 02/12/2006

Crown princes and deputy rulers of all the seven emirates of the UAE seized the opportunity of the 35th Anniversary of the UAE National Day to renew their allegiance to the UAE leadership and their and reiterate their devoted support to the Federation and to reiterate their support to the historic decision made by President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in activating the role of the Federal National Council (FNC) through the election of half of its members by the local councils in each ...  >>MORE

UAE for extended peaceful cohabitation: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed

Posted on 02/12/2006

The UAE foreign policy has been firmly principled on transparency, dialogue, openness, peaceful cohabitation and good neighbourliness based on mutual respect for other states and non-interference in their internal affairs as well as the commitment to Arab, Islamic and international covenants and treaties and the promotion of regional and international peace, said UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In a statement to Dira' Al Watan Arabic magazine on the occasion of the ...  >>MORE

Unique harmony between UAE people and leadership: Hamdan bin Rashid

Posted on 02/12/2006

The 35th anniversary of the UAE National Day provides an opportunity for rational assessment of our nation-building process, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry on the occasion of the 35th. Anniversary of the UAE national Day. "A key factor in the success of the federation experience is this unique harmony between the UAE people and leadership. That harmony has been instrumental in the marvellous achievements scored so far in the ...  >>MORE

Country is committed to peace

Posted on 02/12/2006

Since the establishment of the UAE federation in 1971, UAE foreign policy has been firmly principled on the deep-rooted certainties of mutual respect for other states, non-interference in their internal affairs as well as the commitment to Arab, Islamic and international covenants and treaties. UAE relations with other nations are based on the advancement of mutual interests, the cultivation of the spirit of co-operation and good neighbourly relations, and the resolution of disputes through ...  >>MORE

UAE marks 35 years of prosperity

Posted on 02/12/2006

The UAE is marking its 35th National Day on Dec. 2 on an upbeat note as it braces itself for a nation-wide parliamentary elections, which will be held from mid-December this year. Throughout 35 years of federation, the UAE may rightfully boast that it is the epitome of Arab unity. In a speech on Dec.1 2005, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid homage to the founder of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and other Federation builders who had passed ...  >>MORE

A journey toward political reformation

Posted on 02/12/2006

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has hailed the high standard the UAE Armed Forces has attained. In a statement to the Dira Al Watan magazine, the President said: "We pay special attention to our armed forces by providing it with all materials and logistics that can make it a modern force capable of safeguarding the country's achievements ... and we never hesitate to equip it with the latest in weaponry and defence systems." Sheikh Khalifa said the armed forces had ...  >>MORE

FNC elections usher UAE into enabling era (NATIONAL DAY'S REPORT)

Posted on 02/12/2006

This year's celebrations of the UAE national day will be of special taste and flavour as the country is bracing for the first-ever parliamentary elections in its history set to take place on 16, 18 and 20 December. The 35th anniversary of the national day will stand tall of all national celebrations and occasion of the federation as it will be followed by the landmark Federal National Council (FNC) elections. Starting December 16, half of the FNC members will be elected through an Electoral ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid: We hold our heads high

Posted on 02/12/2006

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai has affirmed UAE's adherence to its values and principles, hailing the achievements made since the creation of federation. In a statement published by the Dira' Al Watan (Nation's Shield) Arabic magazine to mark the 35th anniversary of the National Day, Sheikh Mohammed said that building UAE citizen has been and will continue to be the top priority of the country's policy. Following is the full ...  >>MORE

UAE people before big responsibility: Sharjah Ruler

Posted on 02/12/2006

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, affirmed that the UAE leaders and people had pledged to forge ahead with their unique experiment to attain more achievements and gains. Sheikh commended the constructive steps taken by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to entrench representative democracy in a new form which based on free elections to empower the FNC to play its role adequately in national development. 'The UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE one of history's most successful nation-building stories: Ajman Ruler

Posted on 02/12/2006

The last three decades marked a glorious era in the UAE history, said H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ajman. In a statement to Dira' Al Watan Arabic magazine on the occasion of the 35th. Anniversary of the UAE National Day, Sheikh Humaid said: "Under the fine leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE has evolved into one of history's most successful nation-building stories." "With that same spirit, we shall continue the process under ...  >>MORE

UAE sees new achievements each year: Fujairah Ruler

Posted on 02/12/2006

The historical achievements of the UAE during its glorious path do speak for themselves. Yet, the proclamation of the UAE federation stands out as the most important landmark in the history of the nation, said H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah. In a statement to "Dira' Al Watan" Arabic magazine on the 35th. Anniversary of the UAE National Day, Sheikh Hamad said "each year brings along new achievements that add more bricks to the ...  >>MORE

Next five years will witness major changes: Promises Sheikh Mohammed

Posted on 02/12/2006

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has said the next five years will witness "major changes and positive transformation" in a bid to prop up the federal institutions. In a statement to the "Dira' Al Watan" magazine marking the 35th National Day of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed said: "We are determined to be an active part and element in this new age, taking advantage of its pros and avoiding its cons. We in the ...  >>MORE

We are looking with high esteem and pride at UAE people: Sultan bin Zayed

Posted on 02/12/2006

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, affirmed that present reality of comprehensive sustainable development in the UAE is firm enough to address rapid challenges of modern times and keep in touch with its fast developments. 'In this crucial stage, we are looking with high esteem and pride at our people while they are racing to participate actively in the electoral process and exercise their suffrage,' said Sheikh Sultan. He noted that the UAE was celebrating its 35th ...  >>MORE

Phenomenal achievements in all aspects of life: Hamdan bin Zayed

Posted on 02/12/2006

The UAE leadership's keenness on strengthening unity has contributed significantly to the attainment of high levels of sustainable development, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister. In his statement to Dira' Al Watan Arabic magazine on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the UAE National Day, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed said: "we note with satisfaction that our economy has made a record growth of 26% in the year 2004-2005." "To cope with new developments, both ...  >>MORE

Aspirations of young nationals

Posted on 02/12/2006

As the UAE celebrates 35 years of the federation, young citizens speak about their home and culture. They recognise the hard work of previous generations and look to the future of a country that is united by optimism "Dubai will definitely be a trademark name, and everyone around the world will know that we exist and where we are located on the map, which will hopefully allow us to have a stronger identity. We should be proud of who we are and where we come from, and we should not be ...  >>MORE

At home in the UAE

Posted on 02/12/2006

Endless sunshine, weekends spent lying on the beaches, diving or camping in the desert - it is no wonder that Westerners love living in the UAE. The sun-drenched lifestyle here is a welcome change from the cold and rain many of them have gratefully left behind. Another element many Western expatriates appreciate is the extent to which the countless nationalities and races get along with each other which, like the weather, sometimes offers a stark contrast to their own tension-ridden ...  >>MORE

Then and now

Posted on 02/12/2006

The UAE's skyline is changing at an incredible pace. The iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the business hub of the Middle East, is already becoming a little dated. Now Burj Dubai's 80 floors tower over everything in sight. In two years, the "world's tallest tower" will have reached double its current height. Dubai street maps are out of date by the time they are printed as builders shape new districts and communities extend as far away as Jebel Ali, an area that has been subsumed by Dubai's ...  >>MORE

A liberal economic strategy

Posted on 02/12/2006

When the UAE achieved independence in 1971, it did so in a changing and uncertain world. From the economic perspective, the 1970s was a turbulent decade. First, the dollar lost its convertibility to gold, and the demise of the Bretton Woods system meant that the world moved towards floating exchange rates, with resulting volatility. Second, the oil shock of 1973-74 quadrupled oil prices from $3 to $12, leading to stagflation in the West, as real income fell and inflation rose. Suddenly, ...  >>MORE

Awareness is the key

Posted on 02/12/2006

The UAE health policies are geared towards educating the masses and removing the stigma attached to certain diseases. Healthcare in the UAE has changed dramatically from the day it became an independent nation. From eight government hospitals in 1971, there are 44 public hospitals and 33 private hospitals today, offering a host of medical options to patients not only from the UAE, but from the entire region. Nowhere is the change more evident than in the country's tackling of health ...  >>MORE

A community force

Posted on 02/12/2006

The police force has grown with Dubai and ensured it has remained a safe, low-crime city. While each emirate's police force plays a vital role in keeping the residents safe, Dubai Police has had the extra challenge of dealing with a burgeoning population and the resulting growth in infrastructure. From 29 officers 50 years ago to today's 15,000, the police force has grown with Dubai and ensured it has remained a safe, low-crime city. Today, Dubai Police is seen as a community police ...  >>MORE

A city that cares

Posted on 02/12/2006

Dubai is being touted as the new humanitarian hub due to its strategic location to deal with conflict and disaster hotspots in the region. July 12 to August 14, 2006, will long be remembered as the tragic period that saw a return of war to Lebanon. With close to 1,200 Lebanese dead, 5,000 injured, 30,000 homes destroyed and one million people displaced (according to the Lebanese government's Higher Relief Council), the sheer size of the humanitarian disaster necessitated a massive ...  >>MORE

Driving economic diversification

Posted on 02/12/2006

The industrial sector is becoming a key contributor to the UAE economy. From a small trading outpost, an area that was once the Trucial States has, over the last three and a half decades, become the most vibrant economy in the region due to the UAE's dynamic leadership that provided the right impetus to the growth. Small and medium-scale manufacturing has already played an important role in the economic diversification efforts of Dubai and Sharjah. Abu Dhabi is now paying greater ...  >>MORE

Lending a political voice

Posted on 02/12/2006

Women have been called on to contest the first Federal National Council polls. Involving women in public life is a positive force for change, officials say. Female representation in the Electoral College is 1,189, around 18 per cent of the total. General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has also called on women to contest the first Federal National Council (FNC) polls. He said it would not be ...  >>MORE

Correction in a young market

Posted on 02/12/2006

From its position as one of the best performing share markets in the world in 2005, the UAE experienced growing pains in 2006. The UAE markets had doubled in value in 2005 – Dubai rising by 135 per cent and Abu Dhabi by 70 per cent. As company profits jumped, the economy was robust and liquidity was ample from record high oil prices and bank lending. UAE banks, which make up some 45 per cent of the market capitalisation in the UAE, mostly reported a doubling of profits in the year helped by ...  >>MORE

Flying high

Posted on 02/12/2006

The aviation industry is heading in the right direction, spurring hope that it could return to prosperity in 2007 after years of losses. At the beginning of the year all seemed rosy for the aviation industry. On the first day of the year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Middle East air carriers recorded the highest growth rates for passenger and freight traffic in 2005. It also highlighted the region as one of the three worldwide, along with Europe and Asia, not to ...  >>MORE

UAE leaders get congratulatory cables on National day

Posted on 30/11/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, have received cables of congratulations from a number of head of states and prime ministers of Arab, European, Asian and African countries on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the UAE national day. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Symposium on (Khalifa and the Federation) held in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/11/2006

The Information Affairs Office of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister has organized today a symposium on "Khalifa and the Federation: The 35th Anniversary" to mark the 35th anniversary of the UAE National Day. Several prominent figures, dignitaries and diplomats accredited to the UAE took part in the symposium. On this occasion, Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister said "the participation of many ambassadors accredited to the UAE in this symposium, ...  >>MORE

Qattami opens photo exhibition on leaders

Posted on 28/11/2006

Humaid Mohammed Obeid Al Qattami, Minister of Health, opened here today a photo exhibition entitled 'Memory of the Emirates'. The event is being organised by Ministry of Culture, Youths and Community Development as part of celebrations of the 35th anniversary of the national day. The exhibition showcases rare photos of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and ...  >>MORE

Zakirat Al Emarat photo exhibition opened

Posted on 28/11/2006

In celebration of the 35th national day anniversary, four photo exhibitions, entitled 'Zakirat Al Emarat', or the Emirates Memory, were opened in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman. The exhibitions depict images of pre and post federation ears in the UAE. In Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hameli opened the exhibition at the Marina Mall. In Dubai, Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs opened the exhibition at Wafi Centre. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of ...  >>MORE

UAE Federation Torch to go round emirates

Posted on 28/11/2006

The UAE Federation Torch will be lit in Ras Al Khaimah at 11am today and it will begin its journey across the seven emirates in celebration of the country's 35th National Day. The torch, to be carried by UAE athletes, will arrive in Abu Dhabi on December 2 at 8pm, where it will be kept next to the UAE flag on the Breakwater. The event is part of a four-day programme, being organised by the Abu Dhabi Heritage Club (ADHC), under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and in ...  >>MORE

Saturday declared national holiday for private sector

Posted on 28/11/2006

The private sector will observe next Saturday, the 2nd of December, as a paid public holiday to mark the national day, according to a circular issued today by Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour. The circular said 'work will resume on Sunday, the 3rd of December'. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Cultural Authority to mark Silver Jubilee of Cultural Foundation

Posted on 21/10/2006

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage will stage an art exhibition to mark the silver jubilee of the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation. The show will include artefacts from the Ottoman Empire as well as works of renowned orientalists. The 3-week long show will be staged from November 1. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

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Mohammed bin Zayed receives students


Pakistani media pay tribute to UAE


UAE Embassies celebrate N-Day


UAE Embassies celebrate National Day in Washington, London


National day celebrations


UAE embassy celebrates Emirates' founding anniversary


Another step forward for workers' rights


N-Day reminder of unity of the willing: RAK Ruler


UAE Progress will not stop or slow down: Umm al-Qaiwain Ruler


Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers renew allegiance to UAE Federation and Leadership


UAE for extended peaceful cohabitation: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed


Unique harmony between UAE people and leadership: Hamdan bin Rashid


Country is committed to peace


UAE marks 35 years of prosperity


A journey toward political reformation


FNC elections usher UAE into enabling era (NATIONAL DAY'S REPORT)


Mohammed bin Rashid: We hold our heads high


UAE people before big responsibility: Sharjah Ruler


UAE one of history's most successful nation-building stories: Ajman Ruler


UAE sees new achievements each year: Fujairah Ruler


Next five years will witness major changes: Promises Sheikh Mohammed


We are looking with high esteem and pride at UAE people: Sultan bin Zayed


Phenomenal achievements in all aspects of life: Hamdan bin Zayed


Aspirations of young nationals


At home in the UAE


Then and now


A liberal economic strategy


Awareness is the key


A community force


A city that cares


Driving economic diversification


Lending a political voice


Correction in a young market


Flying high


UAE leaders get congratulatory cables on National day


Symposium on (Khalifa and the Federation) held in Abu Dhabi


Qattami opens photo exhibition on leaders


Zakirat Al Emarat photo exhibition opened


UAE Federation Torch to go round emirates


Saturday declared national holiday for private sector


Cultural Authority to mark Silver Jubilee of Cultural Foundation