Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid, Ruler of Ajman, said on the 38th National Day, that the UAE has stood out in modern Arab history as the most successful case and the most cohesive, homogeneous and stable country. In his statement to Nation Shield Magazine, he said over the past three decades, the UAE has become a modern and prosperous state, where citizens enjoy prosperity and security. "I am pleased to mark the UAE's 38th National Day and would like to extend the patriotic warmest wishes, combined with sincere wishes for health and well-being and happiness of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan - may God protect him - and to his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and their brothers Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, may Allah protect us all. My sincere wishes also go to the people of the UAE. "Filled with joy, we remember the founder of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on whose hand the dream of union was grasped. That was also spurred by the political will and insight of his brothers Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates. "Following the declaration of the union, our country became an exception in modern Arab history as the most successful case and the most cohesive, homogeneous and stable country. "The rulers of the Emirates have always felt their need for a union, which has opened the door to unprecedented strides in all areas, notably, the good management of wealth and resources. Thus, the UAE has become during the past three decades a modern and prosperous state, where citizens enjoy prosperity and security. The infrastructure was built as a basis for the economic, social development and promotion of welfare of society so as to ensure decent life for our citizens. "The union developed the state as services reached the remote areas. Health facilities received their full share of attention. Hospitals and health centres were built in all the emirates to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world in providing health care. "Many modern road networks were constructed as per international standards to connect all the emirates. The ports and airports were constructed. "The state was not unmindful of heritage to connect children to the values, traditions and heritage of our ancestors. In this regard various marine sports tournaments are held through out the year. There is also focus on traditional sports, such as horse and camel racing. This coincides with the great interest in museums to reflect true picture of past generations to today's generation. "Our state has adopted Shura since its inception. The recent Federal National Council elections boosted our experience. Because of our union, the UAE occupies a distinguished position in the Arab world and its transparent balanced diplomacy based on non interference in the internal affairs of other countries, has earned the country credible respect. "The UAE has contributed in the development of many Arab countries whether through grants or financial assistance, or participation of UAE companies in major investment projects in those countries with huge capitals. "This federal-blessed process will continue under the leadership of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This is the pledge we made and have just renewed it." * WAM
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