Thank You Khalifa : massive response expresses the country’s appreciation

WAM ABU DHABI, 6th January, 2014 (WAM) — The “Thank You Khalifa” campaign, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the anniversary of his accession as Ruler of Dubai, has seen U.A.E. citizens and residents take to social media portals to thank President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The massive response recognised the President’s tireless efforts that have greatly benefitted the country and its people, and the ambitious vision that spurs the country’s success as well as methods to realise it, according to an article published today by local English daily, Gulf News.

The “Thank You Khalifa”, addressed to the Sheikh Khalifa, was an indication of the appreciation the Members of the U.A.E. Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates and the people of the country have for the President.

They expressed deep gratitude and appreciation to Sheikh Khalifa, whose generosity has touched many regions, and whose wise leadership and far-sighted vision have enlightened the paths of progress in the U.A.E..

The U.A.E., under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa, has one of the highest literacy rates in the region, one of the highest gender equality ratios and one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world.

Today, the U.A.E. is one of the leading tourism, investment and business centres in the world, a regional gateway to trade and a global transportation hub, and the country has also remained a secure destination for foreign investors and an oasis of stability and progress, despite the global economic slowdown.

Sheikh Mohammad expressed his thanks to all those who passionately interacted with the initiative he launched on his Twitter page on December 30th.

The Dubai ruler launched the Twitter hashtag “Thank-you Khalifa” (in Arabic), in recognition of Sheikh Khalifa, whom he called “a man of efforts and initiatives, which touch us all”.

Sheikh Mohammad said the initiative had drawn an overwhelming response within the U.A.E. and abroad in an impressive show of love, loyalty and allegiance that U.A.E. citizens and residents hold for the patron of the country’s renaissance.

On the final day of the campaign, Sheikh Mohammad said: “Thank you to all those who engaged in the initiative…thank you to all those who interacted and communicated…thank you to all those who wrote, greeted and innovated. The feelings we have sensed will increase our love, confidence and regards to the U.A.E. generous people…It is a blessing from Allah that people love their leaders who also reciprocate this love.” “Oh U.A.E. people; be cheerful that your feelings and thanks have reached, your dedication has fully been appreciated, your service is a trust and your happiness will remain a topmost priority to the leaders,” Sheikh Mohammad said, addressing the U.A.E. people.

More than 63 million accounts on social media sites participated in the initiative in less than a week.

In his tweet that launched the initiative, Sheikh Mohammad said, “Share with me a photo, a phrase, a short clip, or a heartfelt greeting to the President of the country, May Allah preserve him. We want to say to him with one voice �Thank you, Khalifa’.” Within 24 hours of the launch, the campaign went viral on social media networks drawing more than 54,000 tweets and more than 4,000 photos and short video clips on Instagram.

More than 100,000 tweets were posted at a rate of 1,800 tweets per hour and more than 12,000 Instagram photo contributions were also made, according to the media office of Dubai Government.

The initiative was part of Sheikh Mohammad’s January 4th Accession Day celebrations, an occasion the Ruler has used to pay tribute to a segment of society that contributes to the success of the nation.


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