Celebrating Sheikh Mohammed's 10 years as Dubai's Ruler
Transforming a city
January 4, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's accession as ruler of Dubai. In these short 10 years, HH Sheikh Mohammed has catapulted the city to the forefront of the global community, be it in terms of financial, tourism, innovation or entertainment.
To celebrate HH Sheikh Mohammed's accession, his leadership and his guidance, Buro 24/7 Middle East has put together a list of his amazing achievements and the global initiatives he has launched these past 10 years that are changing lives.
Under the guidance of HH Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai was selected to host the pretigious World Expo event. "We renew our promise to astonish the world in 2020. Dubai will bring to life our vision: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future."
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation
HH Sheikh Mohammed's initial endowment of Dhs37 billion was one of the largest charitable donations in history. "The foundation's mission is to invest in knowledge and human development, focusing specifically on research, education and promoting equal opportunities for the personal growth and success of our youth."
Dubai Cares aims to improve children's access to primary education in developing countries. "Education is the most effective way to turn good intentions into concrete actions that change the lives of people immeasurably and for the better."
Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050
"The strategy we are launching aims to provide 75 percent of the Emirate's energy through clean energy sources by 2050. Our goal is to become the city with the least carbon footprint in the world by 2050."
Noor Dubai was launched to combat the alarming rate of blindness and eye diseases at a global scale. "This is an ambitious initiative, which aims to deliver preventive eye care to over one million people as part of its drive to realise its vision of a world free from curable forms of blindness."
Dubai World Cup
While HH Sheikh Mohammed started the Dubai World Cup in the '90s, under his patronage, the event is now a world-class event that attracts an international audience and with Dhs36.7 million prize money on the line, it's the most valuable horse race in the world.
International Humanitarian City
It has now grown to become the world's largest and busiest logistics hubs for humanitarian aid with nine UN agencies and nearly 50 NGOs and commercial entities as members. "Our heritage is to give through deeds not words, through projects not speech."
Dubai Smart City Initiative
Making Dubai the smartest city in the world, HH Sheikh Mohammed says, "we have completed the organisational structure and legal framework for transforming Dubai into the world's smartest city and creating a new and unique model in developing and managing cities."
The Nation Brand Arts Competition
The brand competition attracted the country's most talented youth who went on to depict the country's values, characteristics as well as the culture of its people in a logo for the UAE. This logo was to become a symbol for promotional purposes both internally and externally.
'Cultural Personality of the Year' by the Zayed Book Award
Awarded in 2015 for his many achievements in sustainable development and social welfare, HH Sheikh Mohammed was awarded the Cultural Personality of the Year. "This award has special significance as it carries the name of Zayed who held us in his heart and mind and we became his concern and dream."
To highlight just how much of an impact HH Sheikh Mohammed has had on the global community, a celebratory visual of him lighted the Nasdaq building in Times Square, New York, to mark his accession day.
To reminisce HH Sheikh Mohammed's life journey, have a look at the video released by the Dubai government in 2014.