President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the leaders of the United Arab Emirates for transforming their weaknesses into strength and uniting their people saying they have succeeded in creating greenery and paradise in a desert.
“On behalf of the people of Uganda, I congratulate the people of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and their leaders who, in 1971 had the vision of creating strength out of unity. This is a shinning example to other peoples that would like to transform weakness into strength.
These visionary pioneers united the market of the UAE, the resources, the coast-line, the people and the armed forces of the UAE,” he wrote in the guest book at the Museum of the Union.
The President had just concluded a tour of the great Museum of the Union in Dubai.
“You have, moreover, through insightful and creative policies, created ‘paradise’ in the desert, greenery in the desert. I salute you,” he said.
Earlier, President Museveni held a jovial meeting with the Emir of Sharjah, HH Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi at his palace in Sharjah during which the two leaders discussed cooperation in areas of education, health and vocational training.
President Yoweri Museveni pledged to provide land for the training institute and said, while government has been struggling with building the economic infrastructure, it has overcome most of the bottlenecks to development.
“Africa has a lot of resources, potential and the population is growing. But we had so many bottlenecks that we had to deal with. We had problems of infrastructure like roads, electricity railway etc. If we don’t deal with these, the private sector can’t grow. We have now solved that,” he said.
HH Sultan Al-Qasimi said they have already built a mosque in Masaka in Uganda which is due to be opened next week. He expressed his interest in constructing a training institute in Uganda to support governments’ education infrastructure. He also invited the President to visit the Abu Dhabi Training and Research Institute in Sharjah.
“We have built a Mosque in Masaka and we can also built the training Institute. Doors should be open,” he said, adding that their institutions are case centered and are non sectarian and non racist.
The president is accompanied by the minister of State for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello-Oryem, the Minister for Investment Hon. Anite Evelyn, the Minister for Tourism Prof. Ephrain Kamuntu and the Minister for Energy and Mineral Development Eng. Irene Muloni among others.