The sky is covered with thick gray clouds. A helicopter is making a great noise up in the sky circumnavigating Dubai. The roads are very quiet. Only cars decorated with colors red, white, green and black are freely speeding. Offices are closed. UAE flag is displayed everywhere. Today is a very special day. Today marks the UAE’s 37th National Day! Congratulations UAE!
I personally extend my deepest and warmest congratulations to the UAE in celebrating their National Day. I am green with envy to this people on their dedication and on how they are showing their nationalism and love to their country. UAE stands out among the rest of the countries in the whole world in commemorating their most significant national event.
As the UAE celebrates its big day, the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that he is determined to expand the UAE’s democratic experiment and build a legislative structure to safeguard its position as a global business and financial centre. He urged the Emiratis to consider the outstanding development of the past 37 years as an incentive to do more. He also said that the sense of satisfaction over what the UAE has gained should not be a reason to be complacent.
Sheikh Khalifa said there was a need to introduce a legislative framework to preserve the UAE's traditions and culture. He uttered that the distinguished position the UAE attained in the world, based on its openness and the spirit of tolerance has had its price, reflected in the demographic imbalance. He called for a comprehensive vision to create a balance between the country's social and economic development. He said the UAE leadership is looking forward to expanding public participation in the political process, aimed at building strong state institutions.