The United Arab Emirates, a Regional Pillar of Progression

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the jewel of the Persian Gulf is a regional center for innovation, education, and inclusion. With a population of 9 million, 8 million of which are expatriates from more than 200 different countries, the UAE is an exemplary model of multi-cultural cooperation.

Progression within the UAE is advocated and lauded by its leadership, on November 18th Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi was appointed President and Speaker of the country’s Federal National Council, making her the region’s first female leader of a national assembly.

On December 2nd at the UAE embassy in Washington’s 44th National Day Celebration, Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, highlighted the UAE’s plans to put a probe on Mars. The probe named “Al Amal” or “Hope” in English will be launched in 2020. The probe is set to enter Mars’ orbit in 2021 and will coincide with the nations’ 50th anniversary. The endeavor will be the first of its kind for any country in the Arab world. The probe will not only usher the country into space exploration but will serve as an inspiration to Emirati youth.

The UAE, which is composed of 7 emirates, is a regional beacon of tolerance and inclusion. Moderate and modern in many respects, the city state of Abu Dhabi recently welcomed the reopening of St. Andrew’s Church. Furthermore, this past summer the Emirati government announced their decision to reserve land for a Hindu temple.

At 44 years old, the UAE has risen to prominence in a very short period of time. With strong leaders like Dr. Al Quaisi and Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the country will continue to be a pillar or progression not only in the Middle East but the world as well.