Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sultan who is celebrating his 60th years in power

I read the statement of Sultan Selangor on 'don't be rude'. His aruah father was among the longest serving sultans. However, there is another sultan or emir who makes it longer.

On February 12, His Highness Shaikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, celebrated his sixtieth year as ruler of the emirate. He is the longest serving ruler in the Arab world by many years, and worldwide the only ruler to have served longer than him is the King of Thailand.

When Shaikh Saqr came to power in 1949, the world was a very different place and Ras Al Khaimah was many years from the economic and social development that it now enjoys. Shaikh Saqr has been the single driving force behind all that Ras Al Khaimah has achieved and is responsible for its unique development.

Shaikh Saqr also was instrumental in helping to form the United Arab Emirates and while his ongoing negotiations with the other rulers did not permit Ras Al Khaimah to join the UAE with the other six founding emirates in December 1971, the emirate joined the federation in February 1972.

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