His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has attended RTA celebrations of the 43rd UAE National Day comprising a diverse cast of activities and heritage events reflecting the spirit of the union and lasting two days.
“The second of December will remain engraved in the conscience of all UAE citizens and a source of pride as it marked the announcement of the UAE federation in 1971; which turned out to be the most successful Arab unionist model. The event heralded an era of development & growth in our blessed renaissance, and placed the UAE in a high standing befitting its deep-rooted history and rich civilization,” said Al Tayer.
“Thanks to the prudent leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; and his brother HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; along with Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, the UAE witnessed massive economic, development, social and urban achievements meriting it to hold a prominent standing as a global business, financial and tourist hub.
Such a profile was amplified by its wise approach and foreign policy attitudes besides forging relations at the regional and international levels based on good neighborliness, respect to international covenants, and lending a helping hand to brothers & friends all over the world to alleviate their sufferings out of sheer humanitarian considerations. What has been achieved on the ground in terms of economic, social and urban development is a unique achievement by all standards, however, the true miracle lies in building human faculties by empowering individuals with knowhow, intellects, culture and all sorts of knowledge to contribute to the development drive,” added Al Tayer.
“The logo Spirit of the Union epitomizes the concept that links all components of the UAE federation; which bears reference to the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and rolls on with our wise leaders headed by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE,” added Al Tayer.
Al Tayer, accompanied by a host of CEOs and Directors toured different stands displaying a variety of images relating to the Federation and a drawing corner was set up featuring a truly cultural theme. A bazar was held to showcase various products of RTA employees reflecting their skills and innovations in running a host of private enterprises reflecting creativity in practicing handicrafts. Events also included traditional spots featured by popular and folklore bands such as Ayala and Yola, dedicated corners were set for the kids of RTA Nursery fitted with fun and educative games about the union along with gift items, and a corner was set for running contests and giving freebies.
Nasir Hamad Bu Shehab, Director of Strategic Planning and Head of National Identity Team at the RTA, said: “The RTA has carried out a wide range of events and activities befitting this glorious historical event celebrated by the UAE which reflect the true loyalty of the UAE peoples to their nation and their pride in its heritage and identity, particularly as the annual festivities held by public entities are themed about love of the nation.
“We in the RTA were keen on supporting the new artistic & cultural scheme which reflects the drive charted out by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, i.e. (Our Drive); which utilizes graffiti in accomplishing a giant artistic painting inspired by the Federation drive. This is reflected in a support from the RTA by placing ads on the right of way, and providing about 800 flags, 20 directional signs and 8 advertising models besides posting ads on 10 public buses, and 10 ads on a train model.
“The RTA was keen this year to celebrate the National Day in a different style by introducing a variety of new events. RTA’s agencies, sectors and departments focused on holding external & public events featuring the participation of all the community members and offering gifts to all customers holding tickets bearing the number 43 in Dubai, besides distributing gifts to nearly 500 Jumeirah Corniche visitors.
A variety of gifts were also distributed to parking inspectors in different locations at Deira, besides decorating the rear windshields of 43 taxicabs operating in Dubai Airports, decorating metro stations, holding various events and distributing gifts to 1,500 visitors of the Dubai Mall, Burjman and Union stations, where other events are also staged such as henna painting, heritage spots and popular cuisines. The RTA is keen on participating in the National Day celebrations in collaboration with Emaar Properties, in the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard by deploying 4 decorated buses.
On the other hand, the Dubai Taxi Corporation held some distinguished events in a grand ceremony in the presence of representatives of the event’s sponsor, Al Futtaim Motors, in addition to DTC’s directors, managers, employees and drivers to express their love and pride on this occasion and foster a spirit of intimacy and warm among them. Moreover, the DTC staged a national day operetta featuring the participation of students from Al Maarif Private School, besides displaying popular and traditional products in collaboration with Zayed Museum, and distributing candies to employees, sponsors and visitors arriving through the Dubai International Airport.