Prepared by: Mohamed Ibrahim
A few days ago, the work of the World Expo 2020 Dubai started, in a scene that embodies a new stage in the building and construction process in the emirate, and the event coincides with the 31st anniversary of the death of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may God rest his soul, which falls on the seventh of October. Let us recall through it the abundant march and its rich history of building and construction since the establishment of the Union.
On the anniversary of the death of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may his soul rest in peace, we recall an important aspect of the history of the renaissance, building, construction and achievements in Dubai. A prominent role in the establishment of the Union and the march of the renaissance of the Emirates, his ambitions do not know the impossible, and his humanity is transmitted by everyone, his achievements and his career made him present in hearts and minds.
The path of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may his soul rest in peace, constitutes important stations in the history of nation-building, and has produced qualitative paths for development and construction. benefactor;
The late, God willing, Sheikh Rashid, the pioneer of the first construction and the builder of its modern renaissance, his career is full of achievements and gains, and his fingerprints, may God rest his soul, luminous in various fields, and it was a basic pillar and a road map towards the march of excellence, the global leadership of Dubai.
The late Sheikh Rashid focused, God willing, on building the human being, investing in his capabilities, serving his people and his country, achieving goodness and prosperity for him, and exploiting the potential and opportunities available to him at that time in order to plan for the present and future of the emirate, which has become a global city in every sense of the word. And it became the focus of attention and attention of entrepreneurs and distinguished people in various sectors. Sheikh Rashid was in love with the Emirate of Dubai, loyal to the Union, and he left quietly and left behind a legacy of achievements and gains.
He was distinguished, may God have mercy on him, by his lack of speech and a lot of thinking, his insightful vision and careful planning for the future, and his ambitions that reached the sky.. He never knew the impossible, and spent his life searching for excellence and prosperity for Dubai and the Emirates. 180 years, to prove to the world that thought is the greatest resource, that leadership is the secret of success, and that sincerity builds achievements.
He studied in his school, may God rest his soul, many leaders who realized the meanings of development and the importance of building and construction, and how to invest in the human element, and the nature of hard work and its dimensions and goals, in order to reach the path of progress and advancement, especially since the late, God willing, rose in Dubai with his solid will, The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, participated in the establishment of the Union State.
Sheikh Rashid has many unforgettable imprints on the humanitarian, social, economic and developmental levels. He was one of the first founders of the UAE Federation with the founding leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace.
The death of Sheikh Rashid, may God rest his soul, 31 years old, when he disappeared from our world on the seventh of October 1990, but his white hands, insightful vision and fragrant biography remained a beacon to the sons of the nation, who derive from him the vigor and determination to complete his development and civilizational project in empowering the state The Emirates, and the maturation of its unitary experience.
The march of the Renaissance
The late, God willing, Sheikh Rashid was a man of sound mind and insight, who devoted his time and effort and everything he had for the renaissance of Dubai, until it became the pearl of the Gulf, and became a precious pearl that tells stories of its renaissance and development in the countries of the whole world, how not and I realized in short years From the age of time of development and renaissance in all areas of life that no one else could realize in centuries. This is the greatness of leadership, the leadership of the late, God willing, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who achieved excellence and created the conditions to achieve more of it.
Simplicity was one of the most important characteristics of Sheikh Rashid, as he listened to everyone and welcomed the participation of citizens in decision-making and implementation, and his vision was validated by making Dubai “the land of the world”, as the material blessing that God bestowed on this good land hides between the folds of the desert or under the surface of the water. But the moral blessing is the personalities of this state, such as the late Sheikh Rashid, who changed the face of history.
When Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum reached the age of eighteen, he used to attend his father’s meetings and councils, and took advantage of his long experience, and learned from his fragrant biography among the rulers of the Gulf coast. And his dream of unity, security, stability and the good of the region, so everyone loved and respected him.
The establishment of the union
The participation of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed in the Trucial States Council played a role in preparing for the union. He was genuinely convinced that the future of the Trucial States would be better if they united and took control of matters, and worked with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to persuade the rulers of the Emirates and Qatar to creation of a unitary entity; He presented his plan to the rulers in bilateral meetings, and in 1965, in cooperation with Sheikh Zayed, he called a meeting of the rulers of the seven emirates in addition to the rulers of Qatar and Bahrain at the guesthouse in Dubai.
dream come true
The late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum worked with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to issue the document of unity and union between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in February 1968 AD, and on July 10, 1971 AD, the late Sheikh, God willing, directed the Rashid, an invitation to move forward on the path of union, and continued to push for union until it was officially announced on December 2, 1971 AD, when he assumed the position of Vice President of the State, in addition to the presidency of the Council of Ministers; He worked hard to monitor the ministries, to be at the service of the people. And when the moves began to reunite the brothers under one umbrella, Sheikh Rashid was one of the first to put their hands in the hands of Sheikh Zayed, with all determination, effort and dedication, to complete the dream. And he encouraged the policy of slowing down and not rushing and drifting behind dreams without laying the right foundations that would enable them to continue.
The qualities of Sheikh Rashid showed that he had leadership qualities, good management of affairs, and the ability to take charge of them. In the emirate since 1928.
His achievements were numerous before he took over the Emirate of Dubai, and he emerged as a leading figure in the family capable of managing the affairs of citizens and achieving the hoped-for economic renaissance, to facilitate the difficulties of life that surrounded Dubai at the time, especially in the late thirties when the British administration imposed a restriction on the import and export of foodstuffs from the region, which increased Difficult life is difficult, so he managed with his wit to circumvent this unjust decision with all diplomacy and intelligence, and he proved to everyone that he is the person who will achieve the “Dubai Dream”.
He put the difficult economic reality in front of his eyes, and contributed with great effort to the opening of the British Bank for the Middle East in 1954 AD. The Emirates, and it had a capacity of 38 beds, and expanded in 1968 to accommodate 109 beds. In 1960, as a result of the increase in the percentage of citizens and expatriates, the need arose to build houses and apartments, so he established the Department of Lands and Properties, and in the same year, Sheikh Rashid ordered the establishment of the Telephone, Telegraph and Wireless Company.
In 1961, he issued a decree establishing Dubai Municipality, and in 1962 Sheikh Rashid opened the first bridge linking Deira to Bur Dubai (the Al Maktoum Bridge), and in 1963 he established an oil company, and the first national bank (National Bank of Dubai Limited), with a capital of one million pounds. sterling.
The achievements continued at the end of the sixties and the beginning of the seventies with the beginning of the union, which was the greatest achievement that he sought with his brother, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the recent history of them bears witness to this.
On the 4th of October 1958, Sheikh Rashid, may God have mercy on him, officially assumed the reins of government in the Emirate of Dubai, and the march of rapid and continuous achievements began since then. In 1959 AD, Dubai Creek was dug to be an artery for the city, carrying more boats carrying international trade. In the same year, the Dubai General Electricity Company was opened, and a project of geological survey works in search of fresh water was concluded with the Government of Qatar.
Passion for science
Sheikh Rashid, may God have mercy on him, grew up loving knowledge and a passion for science. He received his education during the early school stages in the sciences of jurisprudence and the Arabic language, which were provided by the categorical schools at that time, and then joined the formal education at the Ahmadiyya School in the Deira region, where he acquired an understanding in religious sciences. In addition to the sciences of Arabic language, history, arithmetic and geography, he was the youngest student of this school, which was the only school in Dubai.
The importance of knowledge
Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed, may his soul rest in peace, realized the importance of knowledge to achieve the dream, and he worked with every sincere effort to improve education in his emirate. And he provided financial support to the children of Dubai on scholarships abroad, and allocated part of his palace as a school known as (Al Saadia) in 1958, and then opened many schools.