UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A FORCE OF PEACE AND EQUILIBRIUM IN THE MIDDLE EAST BY PROFESSOR DR.ANTON CARAGEA MA,FINS,EDA
In 2013, United Arab Emirates celebrated in pomp, ceremony and joy the 42 anniversary of National Day.
Forty-two is in the life of men`s a time of reflection and decisions, in time of nations is barely a time of beginnings. United Arab Emirates are having a lot to appreciate and to be proud off in all this short span of time.
In 1968, when the British empire was living his last hours in the region, the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan was to create a state of equilibrium and a force of moderation in the Arabic Gulf area. Squeezed between the emerging power of Shah`s Iran and of Saudi Arabian Kingdom, the small Gulf states could only envisage a future of moderation and balancing in order to survive.
Today, this policy of moderation and equilibrium carved out by the funding father of UAE-Sheikh Zayed and continued by his successor Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed is reaching a peach of recognition and appreciation worldwide and also is receiving international plaudit`s as a pillar of security and development in the area.
UAE: THE FORCE OF MODERATION AND THE MODERATION OF FORCE.
In 1971, when the flag of United Arab Emirates reach out for the first time to the sky, the country inaugurated what will be a long tradition of moderating tension and avoiding confrontation, in an area where neither one or the other is lacking. United Arab Emirates inaugurated their presence on international stage by repulsing Iran attempts to take advantage of the British withdrawal and saving the region from an all-out conflict.
This policy of negotiation and appeasement re-surfaced during Iran-Iraq war, when United Arab Emirates wise and calibrated policies assured the continuing flow of oil by the straits of Hormuz and avoided regional escalation. The support for Kuwait independence in 1990 and the moderation policy in all the tensions of the areas had gained recognition for the country as a force of stability and continuity in foreign policy of the troubled region.
As UAE Foreign Minister stated to the United Nations, the driving force of UAE foreign commitment is build upon “the principles of peaceful coexistence, peaceful resolution of the international disputes and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states”.
These principles insured a high standing of United Arab Emirates in the world and also in the Arab region, during the so called Arab spring.
United Arab Emirates straightforward policy of rejecting internal interference, of supporting human rights and rejecting support for terrorism, had enshrined the name of United Arab Emirates in the heart of every Arab, as a country of stability and order.
A country that is building and not destroying, a country that is protecting and not killing hopes and peoples.
The lesson of United Arab Emirates, that knows how to moderate his force by obeying to the international norms is a golden lesson that makes today UAE a beacon of hope in a troubled region.
UAE: A FORCE FOR HUMANITY.
The Arab convulsions left in tatters a huge region, from North of Africa to the Middle east and millions of people refuges, displaced or victim of hunger in their own countries.
In a time of insecurity and predicament, the United Arab Emirates shared their influence and power to alleviate sufferance`s across the region.
Hundreds of millions of dollars where directed to the refugees camps in Jordan or Lebanon, in one camp alone 20.000 peoples are regularly protected and all their needs meet by the help of United Arab Emirates.
In the troubled hit Egypt, UAE had poured 4.9 USD billion to support economic recovery and to insure the road to economic stability as a precondition for political equilibrium.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, had clearly marked this generous help is conditioned by “a policy of peace, security, tolerance and love” that will insure stability in the country and the world.
The same helping hands can be seen across the Palestine territory, supporting the legitimate right of Palestinian state in 1967 borders and Al Quds al Sharif ( Jerusalem) as his capital.
From Pakistan and India to Nepal and Kenya, Morocco and Guinea, UAE is sponsoring projects of education, irrigation, poverty eradication and promoting equality of chances and development of rural communities in celebrated initiatives as: Dress One Million Needy Children, a project destined to provide clothing to one million poor children across the world.
By the size of his humanitarian projects sponsored across the world, related to the population and surface UAE ranks the second in the world in front of countries like United States, Japan or Italy etc.
The most recent disaster stricken country, Philippines, received on the spot 10 million’s dollars to help the authorities cope with the humanitarian crisis.
This long track record of assistance and donor capacities made Sheikh Khalifa to describe his country as “a state of giving, pace and security”.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan-UAE President wants to create a state of peace, security and generosity
UAE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
The positive force of UAE is not only reaching far and wide, but is starting from the home build miracle.
In the last two decades United Arab Emirates had succeeded to build a promised land for more than 200 nationalities and developed his economy by a staggering 200 times, comparing with the independence year-1971.
This powerful economic development is shared also with the communities of expats and foreign workers, that contributed to this economic miracle , most recent a three year plan, envisage to spend 36 USD billion to improve health, educational and material conditions of working force in UAE.
All this having as a goal, to create a society that is “a paradise for citizens and foreigners alike, that are living in peace in a tolerant community and free from segregation and injustice.”
The economic development of UAE is not only building his capacity as a donor for humanitarian projects, but is also insuring his capacity to develop economic project`s around the world.
Solar powered plants are build today in Mauritania and Morocco, solar technologies are having a hub in the Masdar Institute of Technology and Masdar City and environmental projects are providing a life worth living for millions around the world.
All regional economies are benefiting from continuous economic miracle build by the emirates. This force of reaching and affecting the life`s of everyone gets a new confirmation in the crushing vote in supporting Dubai as host of World Expo 2020.
From Romania in Central Europe to United States in American continent and Arab and African countries, everyone has supported Dubai role as a hub for new technologies, tourism, and economic development and as center of the new Silk Road, connecting China-Europe and South America via Africa.
After being declared World Best Tourist Destination in 2008, now as a host of World Expo 2020 United Arab Emirates are having a new opportunity to create the future by connecting minds, as the logo of the new world exhibition is proclaiming.
LESSONS FROM UAE.
What are the lessons of all this 42 years of this emotion full adventure, that we call United Arab Emirates?
Off course, economists, politicians and cultural experts will draw many conclusion for how to make a nation building, but I will settled for two major conclusion.
The force of UAE is projecting is the force of moderation , a powerful and rich country that is not using his influence in fostering conflicts and confrontation but in building nations, supporting humanitarian causes and promoting world unity and cooperation.
Second is the success of the model of inclusiveness.
UAE did not build walls of segregation`s and created an economic miracle for citizens and foreigners alike, a society constructed on solidarity will survive, one build on separation will succumb, this is the lesson that UAE is teaching the world.
Witnessing the 42 anniversary of UAE you might be in awe from the tall Burj Khalifa, or admire the economic productivity of Dubai World or to be inspired by the Dubai winning bid for World Expo 2020, but what I found most inspiring was the multitude of people, coming from all the corners of the world, wearing the T-shirts or signs of funding fathers of UAE in a sign of gratitude for the country that targets to be a paradise for all: United Arab Emirates.
Cu ocazia celei de a 42-a aniversari a Zilei Nationale a Emiratelor Arabe Unite o participare importanta a fost cea a delegatiei romanesti cea a luat parte la aceasta extraordinara manifestare de apreciere si solidaritate fata de realizarile Emiratelor Arabe Unite (EAU).
Participarea romaneasca la sarbatoarea nationala a Emiratelor Arabe Unite a devenit un eveniment cu caracter permanent si o expresie ferma a parteneriatului si sentimentelor de prietenie ce unesc cele doua tari.
Dialog substantial in EAU: E.S. Suhail Mohammad Al Mazroui, Ministrul Energiei, E.S. Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director IRICE, Dr. Nawal Al Hosani-Directorul Comitetului pentru Premiul Viitorul Energiei- Zayed si director al orasului Masdar,E.S. Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi-Guvernatorul Bancii Centrale a Emiratelor Arabe Unite
( de la stanga la dreapta)
Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea, Directorul Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica, ce a condus participarea romaneaca in ultimii cinci ani la Ziua Nationala a Emiratelor Arabe Unite, a beneficiat de un program de familiarizare cu cele mai noi realizari ale Emiratelor si a primit informatii de prima valoare de la principalii reprezentanti ai guvernului EAU printre care ii enumeram pe :E.S. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan-Ministrul Culturii, Tineretului si Dezvoltarii Comunitare,E.S. Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi-Guvernatorul Bancii Centrale a Emiratelor Arabe Unite, Dr. Nawal Al Hosani-Directorul Comitetului pentru Premiul Viitorul Energiei- Zayed si director al orasului Masdar, E.S. Suhail Mohammad Al Mazroui, Ministrul Energiei, E.S. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi-Ministrul responsabil de Constructiile Publice etc.
Vizita, ce a avut loc intre 25 noiembrie si 2 decembrie 2013, a oferit un program politic si cultural bogat si impresionant, ce a oferit o larga paleta de informatii vizitatorilor.
Noul Abu Dhabi- vedere generala
Vechiul Abu Dhabi-respectul fata de istorie
Programul gandit pentru Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea a inclus si o vizita speciala la Orasul Energiei-Masdar, un tur al zonelor de productie a energiei solare pentru intregul oras Masdar precum si inspectarea spatiilor de cazare si predare pentru studentii si cercetatorii de la Institutul de Tehnologie Masdar precum si un test al cele mai noi masini, propulsate electric, realizate de cercetatorii de la Masdar.
Masdar-orasul energiei solare
Partea culturala a programului a inclus si o vizita la Moscheea simbol a lumii arabe : Moscheea Seic Zayed din Abu Dhabi, Insula Yas si Centrul Cultural de pe insula Saadiyat si o expeditie de safari in desertul Al Ain.
Masina integral propulsata electric si creata la Masdar
Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea a fost totodata felicitat pentru decizia de a sustine candidatura orasului Dubai pentru organizarea Expozitiei Mondiale din 2020, o decizie ce a avut un ecou deosebit la consfatuirea de la Paris a Biroului International de Expozitii, ce a votat cu o larga majoritate sa sustina Dubaiul drept organizator al Expozitiei Mondiale din 2020.
Moscheea Seic Zayed din Abu Dhabi-un simbol al arhitecturii islamice moderne
Romania, atat singura cat si ca parte a Europei, este intotdeauna devotata aliantei si prieteniei cu Emiratele Arabe Unite si promovarea si sustinerea candidaturii Dubaiului pentru Expozitia Mondiala era o parte necesara si integranta a cooperarii pe termen lung intre cele doua natiuni, a opiniat Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea.
Romania a fost cea de a doua tara ce si-a anuntat sprijinul pentru Dubai, intr-o ceremonie impresionanta desfasurata la Palatul Parlamentului si ulterior timp de opt luni, in toate intalnirile sale, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea a obtinut sprijin de la natiuni din Europa, Asia si Africa pentru candidatura Dubai-ului la Expozitia Mondiala din 2020.
Delegatia romanesca participa la manifestarile prilejuite de cea de a 42-a aniversare a Zilei Nationale a Emiratelor Arabe Unite
Sprijinind candidatura Dubaiului si a Emiratelor Arabe Unite pentru organizarea Expozitiei Mondiale din 2020 si participarea constanta la sarbatorirea Emiratelor Arabe Unite sunt toate marturii ale prieteniei strategice ce uneste intr-un spirit fratesc Romania si Emiratele Arabe Unite.
Aceasta conexiune devine o punte ce uneste solid Romania si tarile Golfului Arabic, a concluzionat Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea.
WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARDED TO PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS FOR 2013
Professor dr.Anton Caragea opens the European Council on Tourism and Trade session to elect WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013.
On 26th of April 2013 in a public séance of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, gathering representatives of tourism organizations from European continent has debated the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2013.
Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of Tourism Academy had presented a report on the last year situation of the Award for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION that was dedicated to Trinidad and Tobago and it was used accordingly with rules and regulations and have being proving highly efficient in attracting new tourists and investor`s.
In 2012 Trinidad and Tobago had reversed the downward spiral in number of tourists and revenues provided by tourism and was the ONLY country in the Caribbean region that registered an increase in number of visitors despite economic crisis..
Increase in investment, increase in tourism potential and number of foreign visitors was the positive outcome of awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION to Trinidad and Tobago in 2012, concluded professor Mircea Constantinescu.
Mr. Petru Lificiu, Minister and Vice-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade read out and presented the candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD 2013.
On the debate for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2013 professor dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade ( ECTT) presented the report titled : LAOS : A TOURISTIC AND CULTURAL PARADISE proposing LAOS as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013.
President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor dr. Anton Caragea presents the reasons for selecting LAOS as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.
Among the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 to LAOS the report outlined:
– Promoting a new concept of community based tourism, friendly to nature, with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest eco-climate.
Community based ecotourism is a way to share revenues and income, to support rural communities in prospering and presenting there foodstuff and handicrafts to the world and to make the base for an economic local development. Sharing tourism benefits to all the population, offering a social tourism it is a lesson that Lao is offering to the world.
– Offering to tourists not only a historical and outstanding cultural experience but also the possibility to explore nature , to contribute to ecological preservation and the opportunity to visit extraordinary space such as: Nam Ngum reservoir , Bolaven plateau, Mekong river islands , Mekong river boat trip , Tad Kouangsi waterfall , the cave of de Ting .
All this are model of achievements in ecological and green tourism that must be world recognized .
– The continuous development and protection of cultural and historical patrimony of Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO, the transformation of Vientiane in a historical and spiritual center offering to the visitor a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of peoples of Lao .
– The preservation of an outstanding historical and cultural patrimony that comprises wonderful sites such as: Wat Phu- a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 12th century, the remarkable site from Plain of Jars, offering an insight into Neolithic civilization and a rare window into traditions of centuries The preservation of religious sites of world significance and value such as: Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most important of world Buddhism monasteries and remains a significant place for the spirit of religion and traditional art. Other sites that must be mentioned such as: Wat Phu ( UNESCO heritage site) and Champasak Cultural Landscape ( under UNESCO recognition).
– Keeping alive spiritual tradition, integrating tourist`s and visitors in the atmosphere of the Lao people, offering possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that transform Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO in a spiritual destination of first hand.
Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director in European Council on Tourism and Trade.
After hearing the report, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, from Romanian Parliamentary and Director in European Council on Tourism and Trade had express the feeling`s of all present at the gathering declaring that: LAOS is a strong candidate, with a perfect record of promoting clean, ecological and social oriented tourism and that only a unanimity vote in favor of LAOS could express the European tourism and economic community decisive action in favor of such a world model.
Mr. Mark Doda, representing Balkan countries at the meeting had also stated the desire of peoples of South-East Europe to support a new model of tourism in the present economic climate, a community based tourism on Laos example.
In the end of the debate European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 TITLE TO LAO PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to declare LAO PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC -FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATIONS in 2013.
Delegates from 30 european countries voted in WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION competition.
It was also presented the Official Invitation, on behalf of Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of LAO for a delegation of European high ranking official of European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Vientiane, in person, to His Excellency Minister of Tourism Professor dr. BOSENGKHAM VONGDARA.
European Council on Tourism and Trade conference on WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2013.
Awarding the highest tourism distinction of European Council on Tourism and Trade, accepting the invitation for an working visit of high ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade in LAOS, are estimated all tourism experts as a good example of close tourism relations and mutual consensus between Europe and Laos, said at the end of the meeting Professor Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.
In perioada 3-4 aprilie 2013, o delegatie din Emiratele Arabe Unite a efectuat o vizita oficiala in Romania, in cadrul eforturilor comune romano-emirateze de dezvoltare a relatiei bilaterale si de amplificare a dimensiunii strategice.
Excelenta Sa Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani (Ambasadorul UAE), domnul Khalid Almannaei (Director Relatii Internationale al PM al UAE), domnul Abdulla Qassem (Directorul Expozitiei Mondiale EXPO2020), domnnii Kaabi Hazza si MAHMOOD AL BASTAKI si Presedintele Comisiei Economice a Senatului Dl.Lucian Iliescu si senatorul Ionel Agrigoroaiei-Presedintele Comitetului de Prietenie Romania-Emiratele Arabe Unite