On this occasion, we recall memories of our glorious past, reflect on our promising present, and take strong and confident steps forward. We continue our march toward development, knowing for sure that more achievements are ahead at all levels.
On this blessed day, we take great pride in the remarkable accomplishments of our country and pray to Allah to protect our wise leadership, prudent government, and valiant armed forces and to bless our land and unity.
The 47th National Day comes at a time when the UAE has become—thanks to Allah and to our wise leadership, led by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may Allah protect him, and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai—a model to emulate and a significant example of overall development and growth in the region and the world. Without a doubt, this has been the fruit of our blessed union formed forty-seven years ago.
Perhaps we are fortunate that the 47th National Day comes as the UAE is celebrating being ranked first among Arab states on economic competitiveness indexes and even first globally on some other indicators. We celebrate our scientific and technological advancements, having officially joined the global space race with the establishment of the UAE Space Agency, which has recently succeeded in launching its satellite fully engineered by skillful Emiratis. The UAE also succeeded in sending the first space probe, called Hope, from an Arab or Islamic country to Mars, thus being among only nine countries in the world with space ambitions. Our country was the first to establish a ministry for artificial intelligence and to employ advanced technologies to promote the happiness of its people.
We thank Allah for our unique union experience that is viewed by the region and the world as the most successful union experience in the Arab world in the modern history. Our union serves as evidence that Arabs can work miracles under the right conditions and the guidance of a wise leadership with a clear and ambitious vision. This did not come out of nowhere; it was the result of relentless hard work, creative thinking, and great determination of great men who believed in the people of this country.
On this dear occasion, we remember, with utmost appreciation and gratitude, the endeavors of our founding fathers who united together and were determined to build a modern state that is in a constant race against time. We also remember the good deeds of the founder of our country the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may Allah rest his soul in peace, who was an exceptional and unique leader and person.
On this blessed day, we take pride in our half-a-century achievements, express to all people of the UAE our sincere and heartfelt congratulations, and pledge allegiance to our wise government and leadership. We will always work relentlessly to grease the wheels of development and to keep the flag of our country aloft.
May Allah bestow upon the UAE, its government, and its people stability, peace, and prosperity.