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Shaikh Khalifa stands for democracy, says Fujairah Ruler (Wam) / 3 February 2014 Shaikh Hamad said Emirati citizens have the right to be proud of their country as day after day the country is achieving high records. His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, has underlined that the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, contributes effectively to deepen the concept of political participation for Emiratis through fostering awareness of the new generation regarding application of international practices in the field of democracy. In an interview with Deraa Al Watan (Nation’s shield) magazine, Shaikh Hamad said Emirati citizens have the right to be proud of their country as day after day the country achieves high records in the development, prosperity and decent living conditions, not only compared to the region but also at the international level. Shaikh Hamad praised the comprehensive plan of the Emirate of Fujairah, which focuses on keeping pace with the urban growth and promoting the economic growth of the emirate and directing investment towards the construction of roads and the long term development of urban services. Shaikh Hamad referred to the role of the Cabinet led by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and ministers in its pursuit to inculcate the concept of political work, achieve social justice, care for talented and sponsor human rights through observing international conventions in accordance with the directives of the President. He noted that the Federal National Council (FNC) has a four-decade experience, adding that it is on course tackling the nation’s and citizens’ issues. He hoped for greater role of the FNC to match the state’s greater role in addressing humanitarian issues and countering terrorism. Higher education Regarding higher education, Shaikh Hamad said: “Our country enjoys high quality higher education given the best educational and academic experience,” referring to UAE University, Higher Colleges of Technology, higher institutions affiliated to world’s prestigious universities and others. Shaikh Hamad added that the health services in the UAE have been accredited by international organisations in terms of quality excellence and appropriate services. “The health system gauges quality of life in any country.” He said the humanitarian role shouldered by the UAE stems from “religious teachings, authentic Arab traditions and social norms”, citing the legacy of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on extending help to the needy people worldwide. He added that the “legacy is being followed up by Sheikh Khalifa.” For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Continue reading →
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