Dubai is a city of extremes; a buzzing, cosmopolitan metropolis that embraces the extraordinary, from futuristic skyscrapers and the world's tallest building, to the artificial palm-tree shaped island, Palm Jumeirah, and the world’s largest shopping mall. Home to more than 2 million people from over 200 nationalities, it is a thriving commercial hub and a super-luxe paradise that attracts investors and holidaymakers from all over the world. Its infrastructure and services are exceptional, with world-famous sightseeing attractions, family friendly entertainment and a burgeoning cultural scene, not to mention glittering coastlines and pristine beaches. The epitome of luxury and opulence, Dubai is one of the world’s most coveted residential, business and tourist destinations.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also known as Sheikh Mohammed is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed is a perfectionist, and seeks to attain excellence in everything he does. He is also known all over the world for his philanthropic deeds, for his far-sighted vision, and for setting – and achieving – near-impossible targets. In the UAE there is no such word as “impossible” he believes. 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.
Since becoming the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, he has been instrumental in rolling out ground-breaking initiatives at an astonishing rate. In 2007, Sheikh Mohammed unveiled the UAE Government’s 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 bodies.
Through generosity and dedication, Sheikh Mohammed has achieved notable success while shouldering the great responsibility of leading Dubai and the Federal Government.
HH Sheikh Mohammed does not conceal his ambitions for the UAE and Dubai. His Highness has maintained that the progress so far is a mere 10% fraction of what he envisages to achieve, and that the new growth phase will be much larger and more profound that the previous ones.
Anyone who has had the chance to hear HH Sheikh Mohammed explaining his vision about the future of Dubai can conclusively say that whatever the emirate has achieved so far is truly the mere tip of the ice berg.
Unlike the mirage in the middle of the desert, Dubai’s growth is substantial and has allowed the emirate to emerge from oil dependency and transform itself into a global economic powerhouse. With infrastructure and construction projects worth tens of billions of dollars moving at a rapid pace in the emirate, Dubai remains a huge construction zone designated to create a diversified economy. Dubai is indeed a city ‘under construction’ in more ways than one.
In 2010, HH Sheikh Mohammed has launched the UAE’s Vision for 2021 with the aim of making the UAE “One of the best countries in the world.”
Seven Tides International shares the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed – to create a world-class destination for business, living and tourism.
Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Crown Prince of Dubai. He is popularly known as Fazza, the name under which he publishes poetry.
HH Sheikh Hamdan was appointed as the chairman of the Dubai Executive Council in September 2006. On 1 February 2008, he was named as the hereditary prince of Dubai by virtue of a resolution issued by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council for Dubai Government and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, has grown up under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed. Sheikh Hamdan has acquired from his father the love of the UAE, techniques of management, arts of poetry and skills of horsemanship. He has thus become a leader, poet, rider and statesman. Events and actions tell about his genius in various fields.
HH Sheikh Hamdan graduated from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and has received medals of excellence besides several titles in World Endurance Horse Races. He is the Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, since the establishment of the Council in 2005. He also chairs the Al Ahli Sports Club – the champion of the UAE Football league 5 times and champion of the UAE President’s Cup 7 times. As Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, HH Skeikh Hamdan translated his principles and visions into a tangible reality aiming to boost the sports movement not only in Dubai but in the UAE in general.
HH Sheikh Hamdan has learnt a huge amount from his father as he is a constant source of inspiration with many qualities, not least of which are wisdom and the ability to listen and weigh a range of options before taking a decision.
In his role as Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, he is dedicated to supporting his father in every way. HH Sheikh Hamdan is working alongside HH Sheikh Mohammed to ensure a sustainable future and enhancing Dubai’s global position as a financial, business and tourism hub.