THE birth of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was not the result of a political dispute or gambling over a project meant for domination. It was a vision based on the conviction that there is no place for those who will isolate themselves from the rest of the world later.
This was exactly what HH the late Sheikh Zayed Sultan Al-Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid Bin Sa’eed Al-Maktoum achieved. They both translated what UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Seif bin Zayed meant by the “Doctrine of Integration” in a lecture he delivered during the conference of governments. The doctrine linked efforts of the forbearers and their offspring for the country to sustain thirst for reality towards lofty future in all facets of life.
Integrating politics, society and economy is based on Science while improving it to enlighten generations towards continuous building of national identity which speaks for the people, such that the officials and citizens should create synergy. Doing this will be an opportunity for all generations to express themselves within a context that will not reflect differences among the indigenes of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Qaywain, Fujairah and Ras Al-Khaymah.
Sheikh Seif bin Zayed presented facts about the young nation that is now competing with the most advanced countries in everything; be it the standard of living which guarantees a dignified life that is never submerged in economic, knowledge or information crisis or certain incidents and emergencies.
Perhaps, it has become imperative to study UAE’s experience as a course of life for all countries in the region, in a bid to interpret the doctrine of integration that started with the establishment of the GCC as a political and economic force, and now it has become a military force to combat undermining and dominance schemes.
This entity should merge economies and harness national wealth to the unified GCC sovereign fund, managed by a council of experts, in order to liberate the region from the complexity of dependence on single income source.
This should be done in a manner that fortifies its economy from continuous crises and prevent it from taking ‘sedative’ austerity measures which will render it back to its nature once the price of oil returns to blossoming times.
Undoubtedly, the UAE has exceeded this complexity. Here it is creating opportunities, not only in the local level, but also in the regional and global levels; such that it has become a source of pride for regional nations and Arabs in general.
The UAE, as the guardian of its peace, security and stability said; “Countries and governments form personal doctrines and choose whatever suits their course. Among these doctrines, there are positive and negative ones. However, our countries chose the doctrine that unites and builds; the doctrine based on exceptional leadership, positive citizens and continuous investment in human resources. This led to scores of world class accomplishments in majority of global competitive indexes.”
All that we hope is for the next edition of the World Government Summit to be where the GCC countries will elaborate the experience of what they learned from the UAE; telling the latter, “Kindly slow down, you have exhausted us from running behind your civilization train.”
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times