The Journey’, based on the life of Mohammed bin Rashid, launched by Government of Dubai Media Office

DUBAI: The Government of Dubai Media Office (DGMO) today launched “The Journey”, a video map highlighting the most important achievements of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai.

The map showcases the ambitious achievements which have earned global glory for Dubai and the U.A.E. and positioned them on a par with the world’s most advanced nations. It highlights the record-breaking feats that have made Dubai, and the U.A.E., a model for evolution and a beacon of development in the region and the world at large.

Mona Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, said, “Using 3D graphics, The Journey’ has been created in the form of an electronic map which navigates users to sites that were the scene of the most important achievements associated with His Highness’ name. 3-D technology has been combined with a rare collection of photographs, in addition to clips related to the key events covered in this journey, which abounds with successes and achievements.” The seven-and-a-half minute video was launched via the official website of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness’ YouTube channel, The Journey’ takes viewers on a visual and information tour shedding light on the achievements that have been made thanks to His Highness’ guidance, supervision and follow-up in all fields – be it economic, cultural or sports or areas of humanitarian work and volunteering as well as other paths in which the U.A.E. has made distinguished and qualitative achievements, thanks to His Highness’ vision.

The DGMO ensured the selection of the most important and the most prominent of a long list of successes that gave Dubai its well-merited standing among the best cities in the developed world and cemented its position as a beacon for growth and development in the region.

The map traces the official positions held by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, starting from assuming the position of Chief of Dubai Police and Public Security in 1969 to taking up the post of Defence Minister of the U.A.E. in 1973, becoming Crown Prince of Dubai in 1995, and assuming the position of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai since 2006.

The work pays special tribute to economy and development. It highlights a series of achievements through which Dubai has created a deeply influential strategy in its rich march of development and modernisation. Among these key achievements are the opening of Port Rashid in 1972, the establishment of Jaddaf Dubai in 1977, construction of the Dubai World Trade Centre in 1978, the opening of Jebel Ali Port in 1979, the launch of Emirates airline in 1985, and the launch of the Dubai Shopping Festival in 1996.

The map also displays, in ascending order, a range of achievements that were born in the context of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

It was the birth of a new phase in the evolution of Dubai when the emirate chose to enter the era of knowledge-based economy’, laying the foundations of a group of qualitative and giant projects which have made the emirate the focus of world attention as a unique model in the areas of growth and development in the Arab region.

Some major projects in this period included the launch of the Dubai Quality Award (1994), Dubai Government Excellence Award (1997), Dubai Internet City (1999), the opening of Burj Al Arab Hotel (1999), as well as the launch of Dubai Media City (2000), and the Arab Media Forum (2001). The same year witnessed the launch of the e-Government project, as well as the establishment of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Small and Medium Enterprises, followed by Dubai Healthcare City (2002).

Navigating between time and place, the work also showcases the launch of the Dubai International Financial Centre – DIFC (2002), the opening of Palm Jumeirah (2008), Dubai Metro (2009), and the opening of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building by far in the world (2010) — right down to the year 2013, during which Dubai made a range of achievements of great significance, such as the launch of the strategic plan for developing Dubai as the hub for the global Islamic economy, and the launch of Smart Government’, in addition to the conclusion of the Emirates Airline’s biggest deal in the history of global civil aviation. The video map extends to cover a wide range of economic, social, cultural as well as sport achievements accomplished thanks to the futuristic vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed.

The U.A.E.’s winning of its bid to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai crowns the most important achievements of 2013. The event will create a lasting legacy for more than 2 billion people who live in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region.