My Vision — Challenges in the Race for Excellence is a book co-authored by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates. The book of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, “My vision .. Challenges in the Race for Excellence”, present the vision of His Highness the experience of development, which is based on excellence and move in the UAE and Dubai from their role as a regional economic.
The book consists of 223 pages of medium size, which includes two sets of photographs, which joins the content of the book, to tell the whole story development of excellence in Dubai. Include two groups relate to the book public images, and other related personal writer, readers will see some of them published for the first time. The book includes five parts that are going to be explained in the following paragraphs, so read more..
This young country is making every effort to achieve excellence and upgrade its status from a regional economic centre into an international hub. It is striving to excel in services, tourism, the knowledge economy and creative human resources in order to reach its ambitious development goals.
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Book Review by TNB
An alternate title to the book might be: “Why I’m So Great: a Love Song to Myself, by My Highness Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid.”
The book does not really discuss the ruler of Dubai’s vision, except his vision of himself. Spoiler alert: he likes himself. Not only is he the world’s best leader, he’s even the world’s best horse jockey. Very few specifics are mentioned in the book, leading one to believe that the ruler is just the inheritor of a great vision. And there WAS a great vision; the UAE are probably the best posed country among the GCC to survive the oil crunch into the 22nd century. They have a slightly diversified economy, and functional free trade zones, and the best deepwater port on the gulf (Duqm came too little, too late, even though it’s geographically favorable). However, you won’t learn much from this particular book. It’s really just a bunch of shallow philosophy and rambling memories of what his dad did, with constant self-flattery. You would be better served by a quick trip to Dubai, along the street that the ruler named after himself, and see the spectacular skyscrapers and megamalls. The buildings and landscaping are absolutely beautiful, true monuments to the extraordinary vision of the sheikh’s forefathers to found a city on top of a large reserve of dead dinosaurs.
About the Author
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
The third son of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, he was born in Dubai in 1949 and studied there before travelling to attend the Bell Cambridge English school and the Mons Officer Cadet School before returning to Dubai to become Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police Force in 1968 and the UAE’s Minister of Defence in 1971. In 1995, he was appointed Crown Prince of Dubai and 2006 acceded as ruler of Dubai and the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates.
Following in his father Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s footsteps, he is the driving force behind Dubai’s remarkable transformation into a major global city. He managed the world’s largest man made harbour, the Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone and created one of the world’s largest marine terminal operators, Dubai Ports World.
In 1985, he launched the world’s fastest-growing airline, Emirates, and embarked on the strategic expansion of Dubai International Airport to become one of the world’s busiest airports. His initiatives in creating strategic economic opportunities for Dubai have resulted in ground-breaking enterprises such as Dubai Internet City, Media City, Dubai International Finance Centre and Dubai World Central, the worlds’ first purpose-built aerotropolis. Today Dubai stands as a major hub for international trade and is home to over 2 million people representing over 190 nationalities.
A passionate proponent of open, service-led governance and strategic planning, Sheikh Mohammed has led major reforms of both the governments of Dubai and the UAE’s Federal government. A renowned philanthropist, his many charitable activities are grouped together under the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives (MBRGI).
He is a leading figure in global horse racing, having founded the famous Godolphin stable as well as the world’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup held annually at the Meydan Racecourse. A trained pilot and world champion endurance rider, he is also an acclaimed poet in the Arabic nabati style.
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Originally published: 2006