Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, praised the determination that created the UAE and made it an exemplary model for penetrating vision, self renunciation and the placing of national interest above all. Sheikh Qasimi was speaking on the eve of National Day, on which the UAE celebrates its 38th birthday. He expressed hope that this would be a distinguished day in words and deeds, with each person taking stock of how much he had given of himself to his family and his nation. The ruler said that Union is not just a word, but it is an exceptional state-of-being that combined the love for the nation's soil and the sincere vision of its leadership, together with the strong will to challenge and work. This was the special situation that paved way for the creation of a powerful nation, where every citizen lived in security. This should inspire every citizen, regardless of his status, to work with determination for bringing the best for him and his family. He should become an efficient element of society, not with ringing words, but with deeds, thus participating in the creation of a more glorious future that his country will be proud of, said the ruler. Sheikh Qasimi said that the country's girls and boys are the wealth of the union, as well as its pillar. The country has given them a lot and is expecting a lot from them in return, he said. He stressed the importance of the continuation of the direction taken by the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, his brothers, the Supreme Council members and rulers of emirates for the prosperity, welfare and glory of the country. The ruler prayed to God Almighty to help the flag of the union fly high, so that the generations will look at it with love and pride. The ruler also congratulated President and the Supreme council members and rulers of emirates on the occasion of the National Day. WAM/AB
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