​On the second of December each year, this auspicious day,  the nationals and residents in the UAE celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of our cherished Union. We remember with pride and dignity our wise and visionary forefathers; the founders of our Union, who came together forty three years ago, driven by their conviction that establishing the union was not an option but an absolute necessity; dictated by their patriotic obligation towards their peoples.  They believed that establishing a well-structured and modern state, was the only means to achieving  development, progress and prosperity. 
Since the inception of the Union, we have achieved unprecedented feats, within record time, that will be remembered as unparalleled in the history of nations and peoples. But for the visionary and wise leadership of this great country, this would not have been realised. The single most important achievement of our Union is the emergence of a united people;  the Emirati’s, who came together under the banner of one homeland, the United Arab Emirates, a country which every Emirati is proud to call home.
It gives me tremendous honour, on this cherished occasion to extend my sincerest and heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, May Allah keep them safe; their Highness Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates; and the people of the UAE. May almighty Allah continue to bless us with unity, prosperity and progress.