On January 4th, 2006, His Highness
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the Ruler of Dubai following
the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
On January 5th,
the members of the Supreme Council elected Sheikh Mohammed the UAE Vice
On February 11th, 2006 UAE President His Highness
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan nominated Sheikh Mohammed for UAE Prime
Minister; 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.
Since becoming the
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai,
groundbreaking initiatives have been rolled out at an astonishing
The year 2007 witnessed unique achievements for Sheikh
Mohammed both locally and regionally.
On February 3rd, he announced
the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, which aims to bolster Dubai's leading
position in the region and boost its role as an international economic and
The strategy will be used as a road map for
development in the coming years.
On April 17th,
2007, Sheikh Mohammed unveiled the UAE Government
Strategy Plan with the aim of achieving sustainable development
throughout the country, investing federal resources more efficiently and
ensuring due diligence, accountability and transparency across federal
Regionally, his most outstanding achievement was the launch
of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, on May 19th, 2007, with
an endowment of $10 billion.
The foundation's aim is to promote
human development by investing in education and the development of
knowledge in the region by cultivating future leaders in both the private
and public sectors, promoting scientific research, spreading knowledge,
encouraging business leadership, empowering youth, renewing the concept of
culture, preserving heritage and promoting platforms of understanding
among various cultures.
launched Dubai Cares on September 20th, 2007. The campaign, which raised
an unprecedented Dh 3.4 billion in its first two months, has become one of
the biggest international humanitarian movements to focus on fighting
poverty, spreading knowledge and providing education for children in the
world's poorest countries.
On September 3rd, 2008, Sheikh Mohammed
unveiled the Noor Dubai initiative aiming to deliver preventative eye care
to over one million people in developing countries.
This move is
part of a drive towards a world free from curable forms of
In an effort to encourage innovation, Sheikh Mohammed
has announced a wide array of awards both in Dubai and the UAE, including
the Arab Journalism Awards, the Dubai Government Excellence Programme, the
Dubai Holy Qur'an Awards and the Young Business Leaders
These awards have promoted a competitive climate for both
the public and private sectors to strive for excellence.
The past few years have witnessed significant progress in economic and
social development: e-government was introduced; Dubai Metro was
inaugurated and a significant number of investment companies were
These companies have formed global partnerships in the
fields of industry, commerce, tourism and ports and real estate
A host of other
cultural projects were also launched, including the Muhammad the Messenger
Museum, the Universal Museums project and the Mohammed bin Rashid
Sheikh Mohammed set out his comprehensive world view in
his book 'My Vision', where he describes his philosophy and his political
and economic vision.
He also offers a detailed account of how Dubai
and the UAE have been guided to their present-day status as international
centres, renowned for their high quality commercial and financial
services, luxury tourism and their drive towards sustainable human and
Through generosity and dedication, Sheikh
Mohammed has achieved notable success while shouldering the great
responsibility of leading Dubai and the Federal