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Hundreds of Drones Create HUGE Portraits of Dubai's Rulers

In honour of HH Sheikh Mohammed - they also formed the face of the Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan

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9 January 2019

Last updated on 9 January 2019
by Rebecca Roberts
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In what was quite an incredible display, Dubai paid homage to the emirate's rulers in the most 'Dubai' way..

This month marks the 50th year of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's governance in Dubai, and in honour of his leadership and ruling years of the emirate - the city paid homage to him in the most unique way.

Earlier this week, a HUGE image of Dubai's leader appeared in the night sky next to Burj Al Arab... Made entirely of hundreds of drones carrying lights.

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The drones formed the portrait of Dubai's Ruler and the Vice President and Prime MInister of the UAE, before changing formation to display the words "Thank you Sheikh Mohammed" and a message in Arabic, promoting the UAE's Year of Tolerance reports Time Out Dubai.

The display, which lasted ten minutes, also included a drone-made image of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

A closer look...

Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum shared the below on his Instagram...

Drones form picture of Sheikh Mohammed

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Drones form picture of Sheikh Mohammed

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And check out the pics shared by Instagram user, @bijben...

50 years of service for Dubai

On the anniversary of his 50 year of service, HH Sheikh Mohammed thanked UAE residents via his official Twitter account:

“I would like to thank all those who showed appreciation in the mark of my 50 years of service.

"I dedicated 50 years of my life serving my country; it gave me experience, wisdom and lots of love and peace.”

In honour of his 50 years, he shared the 8 principles that have founded Dubai and have been the backbone to his governance in the country.

He also called on all those in positions of responsibility to take note of these principles.

He urges them to make sure they are being implemented no matter what.

These principles are not only a guide to servicing a country on the road to success but it makes sure to ensure the well-being of the people in the country, the progress of the nation and the welfare of future generations to come.

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HH Sheikh Mohammed hopes that leaders take inspiration of these principles and for future generations to preserve:

  • That the union is the foundation
  • No one is above the law
  • Dubai is a business capital
  • That three factors drive growth; a credible, resilient and excellent government; an active, fair and open private sector; and public and government-owned flagship companies that compete globally
  • That our society has a unique personality
  • That Dubai believes in economic diversification
  • That Dubai is a land for talent
  • That Dubai cares about future generations

You can read his 8 principles in full here.