AS 2018 came to a close, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, expressed his best wishes to all people and friendly countries on the occasion of the New Year.

On his official Twitter account, Shaikh Mohammad said: “2019… New Year…New ambitions….And a firm faith that we are capable of achieving the impossible…A happy and prosperous New Year to the UAE, Arab world and the entire humanity. We promise our people that the next is better and more prosperous.”

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has conveyed his elation over the national achievements made by the UAE citizens during 2018.

“Delighted at the collective efforts of our people in 2018 and look forward to 2019, the Year of Tolerance. Our people’s hard work and dedication help us march ahead powerfully. We look forward to peace and security prevailing across the world,” said Shaikh Mohammad on his official Twitter account.

Meanwhile, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, celebrated the conclusion of the ‘Year of Zayed’ and marked the nation’s celebration of 50 years of inspiring leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai.

In a statement marking the 50th anniversary of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed’s starting his first duty in service to his people, Sheikh Hamdan said, “It’s a journey filled with unparalleled accomplishments across the spectrum, including humanitarian, cultural and community efforts – all inspired by the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.”

For the past 50 years, he said, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has been a role model who has successfully turned dreams into reality by sheer hard work.

“He is an inspiring leader, a companion, a brother and a mentor who places the welfare and prosperity of our people above all else in his unrelenting efforts to ensure the nation’s continued march to progress,” he added.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has raised expectations, achievements and ambitions, to invest in people and ensure a better future for the country, Sheikh Hamdan noted. “We are grateful for our inspiring leader, who has dedicated his life to serve his homeland and people and uphold the prestige of our beloved country to achieve sustained growth and development,” he said.

“Today, as we enter the ‘Year of Tolerance,’ His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has become a global icon for tolerance. We thank him for his unceasing efforts, which transcend boundaries, and we honour his vision which brings continued glory to the UAE and places the nation at the forefront of the world’s most advanced countries,” he concluded. (JL/