Published on : Tuesday, February 14, 2017
While answering how the UAE managed to balance economic and tourism openness with security, Sheikh Mohammed said, “The world’s problems are open-ended and we have to grow for the interest of our people and our country. If we said 40 years ago let us stop until it is safe, we wouldn’t achieve anything. We have people who carry out their duty of keeping us secure, while we are engaged in developing our country.” Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE need to endeavor, learn, gain expertise and most importantly, appreciate the value of time for achieving success. Sheikh Mohammed praised UAE’s special relations with Egypt, describing the latter as “the heart and soul of the Arab world.” to quote Sheikh Mohammed, “During the pre-Islam era, tribes fought and invaded each others and when Islam came, the civilisation started. Today, there are people with half or no knowledge at all, who blow themselves up in Europe and America in the name of faith. Their interpretation of Islam is completely wrong. It is a tolerant faith that calls for peace for all people of the world, not only Muslims. They just want to kill men, enslave women and refer that to religion. They simply know nothing.”
Sheikh Mohammed applauded the progress of the Gulf Cooperation Council under the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and other leaders. Sheikh Mohammed also spoke about corruption, saying it is the root cause for failure of governments and states. Sheikh Mohammed said the first thing he focused on when he became the ruler was excellence. Sheikh Mohammed also honoured the active participation of women in the UAE, saying 70 percent of women are university graduates.