The United Arab Emirates are celebrating December 2, the 50th anniversary of their existence. A date on which the 7 Emirates came together to create one of the most ambitious and advanced countries in the world at all possible levels.
It took the idea of Sheikh Zayed, 50 years ago to the day, to bring together the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Foujaïrah, Ajman, Oum Al-Qaïwaïn and Ras Al-Khaïmah, and create the federation of the United Arab Emirates, today a hub for global finance, technology, science and tourism.
On December 2, 1971, the 7 Emirates came together around one and the same country and one and the same project, thus before, in the space of a few years, a fascinating model of innovation with meteoric rise through its radical transformation of the desert into the leading economic and tourist pool that we know today.
The country has held the tallest tower in the world since 2010, with “Burj Khalifa”, named after the head of state of the federation. It rises to 828 meters in height.
In the space of 50 years, the country of some 300,000 inhabitants at independence, today has around 10 million, the majority of whom are foreigners, all of whom have chosen the Emirates as their home.
This choice was not made by chance, the country is one of the safest in the world, and its inhabitants appreciate their quality of life. Dubai, for example, is considered not only one of the safest cities but also the most “kid friendly”, suitable for children and young people, with spaces adapted for childcare, and extreme security.
The Emirates have many advantages that make this state one of the best places to live thanks to several activities and attractions, including numerous festivals, peaceful beaches around the cities, great sporting masses such as the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi Formula 1 and an ideal climate all year round.
The country will host the next FIFA Club World Cup in February 202022, and currently hosts Expo 2020 Dubai, which runs until March 2022. It is the largest cultural gathering in the world where 192 countries present their latest technical advances and their historical heritage. And for the first time in the history of the World’s Fair, Dubai has given each country the opportunity to have its own pavilion.
In recent years, the country has also eased its residence requirements by implementing a new visa and residence cards for foreigners. This, with a view to attracting more foreign investors to this country already ranked among the countries where it is the easiest to do business, moreover most of the multinationals have chosen the Emirates to create their regional headquarters there. for the Middle East.
One of the main producers of OPEC, the federation has been able to diversify its economy so that it is no longer dependent on oil and gas. Thanks to this strategy, today hydrocarbons represent only 30% of its GDP.
The oil-producing country also announced on the sidelines of the COP26 in Glasgow on the climate, its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A commitment that was also made, later, by Saudi Arabia which announced a similar measure 10 years later.
In the same vein, the Emirates, a country very concerned about the environment, has been chosen to organize the next Climate Summit, COP 28 from November 6-17, 2023.
The federation has also embarked on technical and scientific innovation, particularly medical in recent years. The Emirates were the first country in the world to administer a minimum dose of coronavirus vaccine, and currently 90% of its population is fully vaccinated.
In 2019, the country sent its first astronaut for an eight-day mission aboard the International Space Station, and in February 2021, it became the first Arab country to successfully place a probe, referred to as ‘Amal’ (Hope) , around the orbit of Mars.
United Arab Emirates-Morocco, special ties
The United Arab Emirates and Morocco have a special and long-standing relationship, uniting not only the two peoples but also the two royal families in each country.
In addition to official visits, the leaders of the two states are increasing the number of private visits, here and there, in both cases feeling at home.
On the occasion of this milestone anniversary in the history of the Emirates, King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to Sheikh Khalifa Ben Zayed Al Nahyane, President of the State of the United Arab Emirates for the national day of his country.
A message in which he expressed “to the brotherly Emirati people of further progress and prosperity under the wise leadership of the Emirati President” and welcomed the bonds of sincere brotherhood uniting the two peoples and the distinguished level of bilateral relations based on the mutual esteem, fruitful cooperation and active solidarity.