50 years and counting…

Its 2021, and by now, many countries have celebrated their golden jubilees, and more. The United Arab Emirates celebrates it’s 50th tomorrow, but there is a difference.

This country, of which I have been a part from the past 16 years, was built from scratch. Literally from sand. How does a land with a very few people and largely a desert, end up becoming what it has?

How does a land that did not have an airline till 1980, and then made one with three borrowed planes, now operate one of the largest airlines in the world?

How does a country with less than a million citizens send a probe to Mars and beyond?

How does the UAE attract over 180 nationalities to live and work peacefully, coexist in a relatively small place?

There are many such questions, but I guess the answers can be summed up in one word – RESOLVE.

The nation’s leadership, the people, even the expatriates who have made the UAE their home – all have a resolve. To achieve something, to make their mark. To show that they can dream beyond what is thought possible, and then get it done.

I had an interesting conversation with an Emirati client a few days back. A free zone had asked him to wait 6 months before making an application for a cutting-edge fintech. “What the world takes five years to do, we in Dubai do it in six months”, he said. “Asking me to wait six months is like making me wait five years.”

A good way to sum up the spirit of Dubai. Let’s get it done, and fast, and better than anyone else. Simple. Try this in your own life and see the difference it makes in the way you work and in what you end up achieving.

Tomorrow is the golden jubilee celebration of my adopted home. I join my fellow expatriates and locals in celebrating the spirit that is UAE.

To the next glorious fifty!