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President of the UAE from its founding until his death in 1990. He invested in
and nurtured his country’s development, building a first-class infrastructure using
the proceeds of oil resources.
Now: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the
Ruler of Dubai following the death of SheikhMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
On January 4th, 2006. The next day on the 5th of January, the members of the
Supreme Council elected Sheikh Mohammed the UAE Vice President.
On February 11th, 2006 UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Al Nahyan nominated SheikhMohammed for UAE PrimeMinister; the Council
approved this nomination.
Sheikh Mohammed and the members of his Cabinet took their oaths in front of
Sheikh Khalifa at Al Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Mohammed embodies energetic and successful leadership. He is a man
who has made promises and kept them; he has insisted on excellence and achieved
nothing less; he has defined the role of leadership and fulfilled it.
Thanks to his vision, Sheikh Mohammed has competently authored the Dubai
success story in record time and put the United Arab Emirates on a unique course,
which nations around the world compete to replicate.
The 130,000 population of Fujairah may be outnumbered by other emirates, but
they certainly make their voice count. And they have a lot to shout about: situated
in the Gulf of Oman in the East of the UAE, Fujairah boasts a beautiful coastline
which has in turn attracted a roster of luxurious hotels. A major attraction for
visitors to Fujairah’s beaches is the area’s varied underwater wildlife, while many
also take advantage of the opportunities for watersports. Beguiling Fujairah also
has a fascinating history – it is home to the UAE’s oldest mosque, the Al Bidyah
mosque, which dates from 1446, when it was built using bricks and mud.
Founding Father His Highness SheikhMohammed BinHamad Al Sharqi (1908-
1974) ruled Fujairah from 1937 until his death in 1974 – for three years as part of
the UAE. His forward-thinking creation of a free trade zone - in this emirate with
crucial access to the Indian Ocean - has allowed commerce to flourish.
Umm Al Quwain
UmmAl Quwain means ‘Mother of two powers’, referring to the old inhabitants
of this territory who held dominion over both land and sea. It’s a fitting description
for an Emirate which despite its size - it has the smallest population of all the
Emirates, and it’s the second smallest in terms of area - boasts a rich variety of
different landscapes. Within UmmAl Quwain you can travel from the mangrove
forests of the Arabian Gulf to the inland oasis at Falaj Al Moalla within a
surprisingly short space of time.
Fascinating reminders of Umm Al Quwain’s history are clear for all visitors to
see: the museum at the UmmAl Quwain Fort, the Old Harbour - where wooden
dhows are still made in the traditional way – and the ancient pre-Islamic trading
port of Al Dour.
Umm Al Quwain’s founding father, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al
Mualla (1908-1981), became its Ruler aged just eighteen, when his cousin, His
Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Ibrahim Al Mualla, was killed. One of HH Sheikh
Ahmed’s key projects was taking forward his Emirate’s interests in the Mubarak
Oilfield, which lies off the UAE’s western shore. His development of health and
education services helped bring a vital stability.
The name Ajman means ‘small city’ – but the favourable position of the smallest
of the emirates (by land area) next to Dubai and Sharjah, its port, and its strong
infrastructure have created an opportunity for Ajman to build a key role as a centre
for trade. The planned airport at Ajman will surely also help to achieve these aims.
Ajman is renowned for its annual three-day camel festival in February, where rural
tribes from across the UAE gather.
Founding father His Highness Sheikh Rashid binHumaid al Nuaimi (1902-1981)
– who became Ajman’s Ruler in 1928 and held the position for over half a century
until his death – created a police force and a science institute for his Emirate as
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