Vision, Innovation and Determination- Lessons from a Young Country
From small and uncertain beginnings, the UAE has not only transformed itself into a regional powerhouse but an international one too. Forty-six years after the unification of the seven emirates, it is worth taking a closer look at the country and how far it has come in such a short period of time.
It is a common misperception that the UAE’s National Day signifies independence from the British when in fact, the emirates actually gained independence from the British Protectorate Treaties in 1968. Rather, December 2nd 1971 marks the initial consensus meeting between the rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain to unite. The seventh and remaining emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, announced it would join the union two months later, in February of 1972.
At the time of the union, the UAE’s population stood at less than 300,000. Today, it is estimated to stand at 9.4 million, with residents hailing from over 200 nationalities. From its original desert dwellings, the country now boasts world class infrastructure, quality education and health services, three stock markets, a booming tourism industry, a successful world expo bid and a growing place in the world of research and development.
The country’s evolution from a little known Trucial State to the burgeoning metropolis it is today is a testament to the vision of the country’s founders, notably Abu Dhabi’s late ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late ruler of Dubai Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Their relentless determination, innovation and loyalty to their country has inspired and continues to inspire millions to make the impossible possible.
There is beauty in diversity and strength in unity, two points that the UAE has incorporated into its ethos very early on. As the country continues to innovate and grow, Panaly Consulting is proud to call the UAE home.