UNCOVER ENDLESS INSPIRATION
High up in the glistening perpendicular disc that houses Aldar properties’ headquarters on one edge of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island resides harmony. UAE is a place so serene that it compels people from all across the world to witness equanimity in both business and recreation.
Dating back in the year of 1968 when British announced their intention to withdraw from the Arabian Gulf, H. H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the then Ruler of the emirate of Abu Dhabi promptly acted to form strong bond with the emirates. With H. H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the then Ruler of the emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Zayed called for a federation that would include not only the seven emirates that made up the Trucial States, but also Qatar and Bahrain. The UAE was formally established on 2 December 1971. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah became the seven emirates to be a part of UAE.
A PLACE BEYOND EXPECTATIONS
Nothing worthwhile comes easy, UAE has also experienced its share of adversities to become one of the most sought after cultural destination of today’s’ time. It is rightly said to be home to a rich cultural heritage that has been strongly influenced by its unique environment.
UAE has a varied terrain; desert, oasis, mountains and coast, dictated the traditional lifestyles that evolved over the centuries. A resilience and resourcefulness necessary to survive in these harsh conditions was fostered by society’s age-old tribal structure: each family was traditionally bound by obligations of mutual assistance to its immediate relatives and to the tribe as a whole. Among the tribe an individual’s selfless hospitality was the source of his honor and pride.
People looking out for cultural expedition can delve into the country’s Bedouin past on starry desert nights before exploring the many forts that guarded the coastline long before the domination of the glitzy high rises. A handful of them are listed below:
The Burj Khalifa is one of the United Arab Emirates most famous buildings and the soaring sky-high landmark of Dubai. Not only it is the world’s tallest building, but it also lays claim to the titles of tallest freestanding structure in the world, highest observation deck in the world and elevator with the longest travel distance in the world. A trip up to the observation deck with its panoramic views across Dubai is a sightseeing highlight for most tourists who visit Dubai.
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a mammoth modern mosque of incredible beauty. Harnessing contemporary design and ancient craftsmanship skills, the mosque is a harmonious blend of modern and old. It doesn’t fail to dazzle all who enter with its lavish use of gold, mosaic work and glass work, marble in gigantic proportions and blindingly white stone contrasting dramatically under the Emirati blue sky.
IN ORDER TO BUILD UP
There are many structural changes taking place in the UAE. Several federal ministries, authorities and institutions are being ceased or merged.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced these changes on 8 February 2016 through his official Twitter account as part of the three-day World Government Summit.
“We can’t lead the future with tools from the past, and we can’t accomplish quantum leaps in growth without conceptualizing a new way of governance. Change creates great opportunities and renews ideas and forces everyone to think in a different way. And we will implement all that is good for our people,” he tweeted.