Sheikh Mohamed continued, "The U.A.E. has succeeded in achieving its development goals in various sectors and has completed construction of a coherent Union which has jumped to the ranks of the most advanced and prosperous nations and opened up new and promising development in several areas where our country has become a global hub in vital sectors of global concern, such as increasing renewable and clean energy, and opened itself to broad horizons in the areas of health and education, welcoming in the areas of development, reconstruction and urban planning. As well as avoiding the effects of the global financial crisis, which has threatened the economies of most developed countries.
"And we go with confidence to further engage in the global economy and benefit from it, as it provided investment opportunities that enhance our nation's ability to meet the aspirations of our citizens in various fields.
"The U.A.E. also recorded notable successes in foreign policy and international relations,where diplomacy has become more effective. Our diplomacy has several areas of movement aimed at achieving our interests and our goals and serving our citizens at home and abroad. Perhaps this day is a historical stage to confirm that our foreign policy has been, still is, and will remain, of importance to achieving security and stability at regional and global levels. As well as re-affirming need for international cooperation in the face of daunting challenges the world is witnessing, such as poverty, ignorance, disease and unemployment.
"We, on this historic day, send all our greetings and appreciation to the people of our country, appreciating their deep sense of belonging to this land and their loyalty to our wise leadership. We also extend our greetings and appreciation to all the institutions of this country in the various fields of work and production, and we thank the employees of the military establishments, which have become a paragon of efficiency and competence which makes them the subject of national pride and a source of contentment as a genuine protective shield for our development. Our thanks go also to the police and security services that operate day and night in order to maintain security and safety throughout this beloved country.
"Dear Citizens, our people in Ras Al-Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and those in the Eastern and Western regions of our beloved country, we remember our ancestors, entrenched in building our civilization, our place in history, on this land.
Here we do not just mean our ancestors who contributed to the features of the building and the future of their grandchildren when they gathered in the courtyards of the Al Hosn Palace in Abu Dhabi 250 years ago, nor those who were gathered in the capital, Liwa, nearly 400 years ago, before building Abu Dhabi city. We mean those who were thinking about the future of the descendants of their grandchildren. The common history of all the emirates in the U.A.E. is all rooted in history, and we tell you, that we have a history dating back thousands of years.
We emphasise these facts because we are one family over the soil of this country from Fujairah to Sila, a remote city at the far western end of our beloved country.