He made his remarks when inaugurating Khalifa Port, north-east of Abu Dhabi City.
The inauguration was also attended by the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region.
The President added that the inauguration of the project, built in accordance with the latest international standards, represented a landmark in the process of modernisation and development being achieved in the United Arab Emirates through the efforts of its own sons, taking advantage of international expertise.
He also said that the country provides the necessary support for the maritime transport industry, particularly Khalifa Port, which, when its phases of construction have been completed, will become one of the most important ports for trade in the region and the Middle East, benefiting from the UAE’s strategic location to act as a link between the economic regions of the world.
”The opening of this flagship project strengthens our progress towards completion of the ‘Abu Dhabi Vision 2030’ with confident steps and will also contribute to the continuation of the high rate of growth witnessed by the UAE, meeting the aspirations of the country’s citizens for a significant base for the national economy,” the President said.
”The UAE is determined to implement large-scale projects to support the development of the national economy,” the President added, noting that this would strengthen the status of the UAE within the global economy.
Sheikh Khalifa expressed his appreciation for the national effort that had been displayed in the completion of the project, adding that ”Supporting and developing our human resources and making use of them, in different specialisations, so that they may shoulder their role in the development of the country, is a priority for us.” He wished all the staff of Khalifa Port good luck in their work, so that the best-possible benefit could be made of its enormous potential, making Khalifa Port a lifeline connecting the UAE with the rest of the world.
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