There are not many people in the world who are equally successful in every venture of their life. It becomes more complicated for a person who is managing the state’s affair to be very proactive when it comes to arts or literature. This could probably be a myth that an adherent of economic affairs can’t be an aficionado of poetry. Yes, certainly a myth, a proven one when we turn our thoughts right towards Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and Prime minister of United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. The progress of Dubai is something no one can be dubious about. January 4, 2021 marked the 15 years since he became the Ruler of Dubai. “Most people talk; we do things. They plan; we achieve. They hesitate; we move ahead. We are living proof that when human beings have the courage and commitment to transform a dream into reality, there is nothing that can stop them”, no one else but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid could come up with such deep thoughts with pragmatism. He was born in 1949 in an al bufalasah section of the BaniYas tribe. He acquired his education from prestigious institutes and eventually passed out with sword of honor from Mons Officer Cadet School. Later he also travelled to Italy for training being a pilot. Soon after his return to Dubai he took charge of Dubai police force and Dubai defence force. During his military career he faced many difficult situations but calmly and intelligently handled every turbulent situation coming his way. His career being an entrepreneur also brought immense success and popularity for him. his voyage of triumph is still on its way.
He is the one whose personal success actually upsurge the collective success and development of his people and indeed the whole region. The success story of Dubai is incomplete without Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Whether it’s the establishment of Emirates Airlines, inauguration of Burj Al Arab or Jumeirah beach or even the opening of Burj Khalifa in 2010, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has turned all the ventures into veracity. The establishment of Dubai internet city and Dubai media city were also his initiatives. The true and tangible foundation for additional success has actually been laid by sheikh Rashid. He launched the UAE vision 2021 back in 2010. The passion behind this vision is to make Dubai as one of the best countries in the world. He has taken the responsibility of progress and development of Dubai to the extent where it turns to be the global city with reference to the progression whether infrastructural or financial. Dubai Metro is one of the major projects planned in 2005 when Sheikh Mohammed was Crown Prince of Dubai which later executed in 2009. It is the world’s longest driverless train. The train so far carried more than a billion riders and lessened traffic overcrowding. This can also said to be an environmental-friendly public transport system. Sheikh Mohammed also uses to support plentiful philanthropic initiatives. He is founder of many organisations to engage in efforts to carry humanitarian aid. All these philanthropic activities are conducted through Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, and several many others. In 2003 he established International Humanitarian City, which is a global logistics hub for emergency and humanitarian aid and relief.
His is also emphasizing on education and sports related initiatives. UAE Water Aid (Suqia), Noor Dubai and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports and Fitness Programme are his health care initiatives. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government and Dubai Cares among many others are engaged to provide education to the people of Dubai. His love for sports is also very much evident. In October 2013, he initiated the strategic plan for developing the Islamic economy sector. This plan based on seven most important pillars and 46 initiatives. These comprise of developing Dubai as a global reference and economic engine of Islamic finance. Over the last two decades, Dubai has emerged as a global hub for travel and tourism. A great Philanthropist and more than this a great human being he is, but the most amazing part of his personality is his intellect which is matchless. His love for his culture and ethos further helped him to give words to his thoughts. Nabati poetry or the people’s poetry is the portrayal of the life of Arabian Peninsula. This form of poetry holds different genres like society, riddles, satire, exaltation, pride and many other poetic expressions. When we read the poetry of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid we find a very unique amalgamation of emotion and pragmatism altogether. There is love and warmth, vision and success, love for the holy prophet (PBUM) and Islam and much more. The selection of words seems to be so palpable that it touches your heart and soul, indeed the true and rare depiction of the feelings. Once we have a look of the DIWAN our eyes certainly captures one of the beautiful poems by sheikh Rashid. The title of the poem is “I Hear the Echo of Your voice”. Feelings actually develop when you take a commute and read it verse by verse. Recently on completing 15 years being ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed wrote: “15 years in the Government of UAE: Brothers and sisters, the people of the UAE, fifteen years ago, I was appointed to head the federal government. I took an oath before our President and before you all to be loyal to the UAE, to preserve its union, safeguard its interests, respect its constitution and look after the needs of our people. You were all witnesses to that moment, and God was a witness to this oath. God knows that we did our best, that we devoted all of our government resources towards serving our people and that we did not favor anyone at the expense of the interests of our country”. Under the supervision of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai is growing rapidly. His fifteen years being the ruler of Dubai are epitome of struggle and success.