Happy Birthday Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The Dubai ruler turns 65 today
Born 65-years-ago today, and one of the most followed world leaders with an active social media presence, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (shortened to a simple @hhshkmohd handle) is also one of the region's most loved, and influential, leaders.
With an unfaltering vision to create a country of which its residents can be truly proud, Buro 24/7 shares five inspiring quotes made by a ruler who not only strives for the best for his country, but a happy and fulfilled life of respect for those living there, too...
On the UAE: "We, in the UAE, have no such word as "impossible"; it does not exist in our lexicon. Such a word is used by the lazy and the weak, who fear challenges and progress. When one doubts his potential and capabilities as well as his confidence, he will lose the compass that leads him to success and excellence, thus failing to achieve his goal. I require you, youth, to insist on number one."
"DUBAI IS LIVING PROOF THAT WHEN HUMAN BEINGS HAVE THE COURAGE AND COMMITMENT TO TRANSFORM A DREAM INTO REALITY, THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN STOP THEM"
On attitude: "Most of 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. Dubai is a living example of that..."
On charity: "Our aid has humanitarian objectives only; it is never governed by politics or limited by the geography, race, colour or religion of the beneficiary."
On government: "I want a government that toils 24 hours a day, just like airlines. I want it to be close to people, welcoming all clients akin to that welcome received by hotels' guests. I want the citizens to be able to process all their government transactions in one place, on a mobile one-stop shop."
On taking risks: "Without challenges, success and excellence won't exist, especially when such a success is meant for the homeland and its fruit is harvested by the citizens. Without challenges, we won't feel the taste of success and happiness we wish for our people in this dear land."
On the best things in life: "I live a simple life, my life away from leadership is very simple. I wake up early, clean up and pray. I have breakfast with my family. Sometimes I visit my friends, have a cup of coffee, or visit shopping malls and have lunch at a restaurant one of them recommends and see people. This simple life makes me happy."
Happy Birthday Sheikh Mohammed!