Since its formation in 1971, the United Arab Emirates has developed into a true Global economic success story and is now a major hub for business, investment, employment, living and working. The vision and innovation of our Founding Fathers has empowered our Nation to experience almost unprecedented growth and progression, enabling us to enjoy the vibrant society we live in today.

In the complex world that we live in today, facing varied crises, whether it be in the economies surrounding us or the looming disaster in the form of climate change, challenges have to be met not only by the Governments, but by each and every individual in the society.

To face such challenges, I foresee the need for creating institutions which respond quickly to the situation on the ground, while having a clear vision of the future so as to prepare forward looking plans to address critical issues in a timely and effective manner.

I have firmly believed that people are our most important resource and that professionalism and objectivity are the essentials that lead to fulfillment. I have endeavored to do just that by pushing forward such initiatives.

Much has been done, but a lot more needs to be achieved before we can rest on our laurels. I look forward to the future with unbridled optimism and a conviction that we all will rise as one to make the world a better place for generations to come.

H.H. Sheikh Tariq Al Qasimi, Founder and Chairman.