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Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum we can never forget

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE who has inspired not only citizens and residents of the country but several people globally as well.

A great Leader, with over five books to his credit, and a lasting legacy of transforming Dubai into a world-class city, he is admired by many who have learnt a lot from him.

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We have curated our favourite pearls of wisdom from his quotes over the years.

On the Youth

“Most of our nation is made up of our youth. Our future is in their hands. We are a young country, proud of its youth.”

“We steadfastly support our youth, and will empower them to achieve the highest levels of innovation and creativity in all fields.”

“The future is in the hands of UAE youth, and they are the bet of the country for a brighter future.”

Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“The youth should play a key part in this mega event (Expo2020) and get opportunities to observe, learn and contribute creative ideas so that they can develop innovative solutions for creating a better future for our region and the world.”

“Our young country was built by the hands and achievements of youth. Youth is our strength and speed is our treasure for the future.”

On Women

“Reviving women’s history will revive the memory of our people and the history of our nation” –

“Behind every great community stand great women, leading each generation and raising our families and nation higher.”

“Our job is to provide an environment that unlocks women’s potential – one that protects their dignity and femininity, helps them create the necessary balance in their lives, and values their talents and potential. Given this environment, I am confident that women will perform nothing short of miracles.” 

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Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“I have said it loud and clear: Beware, men, lest women deprive you of all the leadership positions in the country.” 

“70 per cent of my work team is comprised of women.”

On Family

“I do not impose my opinions on my children, but give them freedom of choice; this is how my father raised me.”

“My mother, may her soul rest in peace, shaped my personality; thanks to her, I have acquired many values, good traits and skills.”

“The best time for a man is the time he spends with his family.”

Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“That is the mother, she never ate until she had seen us first, and never rested until we slept, and was never happy unless we were sad.”

“The greatest influence was my father…from him, I learnt to be patient and to deliberate before passing judgement”

On Nation-building

“An easy life does not make men, nor does it build nations. Challenges make men, and it is these men who build nations.” 

“We must strive for an intellectual and cultural renaissance recognizing that development and stability are possible only through tolerance.”

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Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“Most people talk; we do things. They plan; we achieve. They hesitate; we move ahead. We are living proof that when human beings have the courage and commitment to transform a dream into reality, there is nothing that can stop them.”

“Determination, strategy and vision for the future are our real resources in the quest for excellence and success.”

On life and humanity

“Good governance is about nothing more or less than creating happiness. It really is that simple”

“It is such a beautiful life, but many people spend it worrying, burdened and frowning. You can easily see the beauty of life in the laughter of a child, the tenderness of a mother, the smile of a friend or the love of a compassionate wife.” 

“Whoever convinces himself that he is not worthy of the first position has doomed himself to failure from the very beginning.” 

“The race for excellence has no finish line.”

Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“Life is an extraordinary gift some people appear not to appreciate. In every breath and scent, every touch and sight we are gifted by new experience and the chance to feel the richness of experience. Every sound we hear, from the song of a bird to the harshness of an angry voice, is a miracle.” 

“All people have an ocean of achievement inside themselves just waiting to escape.”

On Entrepreneurship

“Everybody starts small. We all begin life as a single cell. Every business starts as one person with an idea. How fast you go, how far you get, is in your hands. The bigger your vision, the bigger your achievement will be. Will you stumble on the way? Perhaps, but we cannot let fear keep us small. We have to be brave to be big.” 

“Failure is not falling to the ground; it is remaining there once you have fallen and the greatest failure is when you decide not to stand up again.”


“To take a risk and fail is not a failure. The real failure is to fear to take any risk”

“Competition always makes you stronger and better. Competition is feared only by the weak.” 

“When you do what you like, you won’t feel like you are doing work.

On Leadership

“Change or you will be changed: leaders who neglect the good of their people will be forsaken. Leadership is a service, not a gateway to privilege.” 

“Good leadership puts the interests of the community as a whole before those of any specific group. The credibility of leadership can only be established through action and not words.” 

Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“A true leader is one who creates a favourable environment to bring out the energy and ability of his team. A great leader creates more great leaders, and does not reduce the institution to a single person.”

“The word impossible is not in the leader’s dictionaries. No matter how big the challenges, strong faith, determination and resolve will overcome them.”

“A true leader does not derive power from his position, but from his ethics, from people’s love for him, and from his knowledge, education and excellence in his field of work.”

On Dubai and the UAE

“The heart of the UAE beats to the rhythm of its leaders, government and people; all united and invincible as one nation.”

“The UAE has cemented its position as a global hub for knowledge and culture, attracting some of the world’s brightest talent.”

Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“I want Dubai to be number one. Not in the region, but in the world. Number one in everything: high education, health, and housing. I want to give my people the highest way of living.”

“Dubai will never settle for anything less than first place.”

“I will never abandon one opportunity and wait for another. We have not reached the goal we are striving for. What you see now is nothing compared to our vision…just tiny parts of what lies ahead.”

Global Quotes

“We seek to create new hope for our region, improve people’s lives and share the UAE’s message of giving with the world”

“With each new day in Africa, a gazelle wakes up knowing he must outrun the fastest lion or perish. At the same time, a lion stirs and stretches, knowing he must outrun the fastest gazelle or starve. It is no different for the human race. Whether you consider yourself a gazelle or a lion, you simply have to run faster than others to survive.” 

Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Inspirational Quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“Man’s development depends on the power of his ideas and his ability to spread them from one person to another across deserts, continents and oceans.”

“The world waits for no one – those who do not learn and evolve can stumble and often fall”

“We aim to create new hope in our region, improve people’s lives and instill a new culture of humanitarian work in our societies.”

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Article was written,

By: Theresa R. Fianko 
Dubai – UAE
(Marketing Communications, Writer, Content Creator)

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