One to add to your reading list… 

A new book shining a spotlight on His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was launched at the Emirates Literature Festival on February 6, 2022.

The book titled, Dare to Dream: How Mohammed bin Rashid Made His Dream of Dubai Come True was unveiled by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group. The author is Raed Barqawi – one of the most respected journalists in the region and Executive Editor-in-Chief of Al Khaleej newspaper – the first daily Arabic newspaper in the UAE.

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The book is published by Motivate Media Group and is currently available in Arabic. You can purchase it on An English edition will follow later this year, so stay tuned.

The book explores how, under the visionary leadership of Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai has become a leading global hub for talent and a place where the Arab youth can find the resources and opportunities to fulfil their dreams.

The book is divided into three chapters: ‘Working Wonders’, ‘A Man Destined to Lead’ and ‘The Oasis of Imagination’ plus an introduction titled, ‘The Wind Beneath His Wings’ and an epilogue ‘Life is a Story of Our Dreams’.

Raed Barqawi stated, ‘I have tried to address two key questions in my book: one, just how did Mohammed bin Rashid do the impossible and turn Dubai into a unique global role model? And two, how did His Highness manage to empower a culture of dreaming in the Arab world, a world that had stopped dreaming decades ago?’

He added, ‘It is fascinating to be around a personality like His Highness, who has been racing against time to improve the present and future of not just Emiratis but all Arabs. His persistence and ambition pushed me to dig deeper into the history of the UAE over the past 50 years and shed light on how dreams can be achieved in the race to be counted among the top 10 nations in the world. With assertiveness and will, His Highness decided to dream for his country and his people, and today we are reaping the rewards of these dreams.’

Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner and Group Editor-in-Chief of Motivate Media Group commented, ‘We are proud to have published this phenomenal book about His Highness. This book talks about the wisdom and foresight of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and the impressive development of the UAE.’

He added that it will be a fascinating read for anyone who has marvelled at the incredible growth story of the Emirate of Dubai and the UAE.


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