29 June 2017
Dubai Ruler writes: 'It is time to get united and be one heart and protect each other without any grudge'

Dubai: The path is clear. So wrote His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in the title of an epic poem he penned and published on his official Instagram account urging Qatar to “return to the GCC fold”.

The verses, titled in Arabic as “Al Dharb Wadeh”, include powerful lines from the Dubai Ruler, a prolific poet and renowned for his Nabati verses. "Now, it is time to get united and be one heart and protect each other without any grudge or hatred," he wrote.

The poem stresses that the noble stance the UAE has towards its neighbours means that it is — and always will be — its neighbours’ champion as they came “from one tribe and people.”

He also advised Doha to return to its Arab surroundings and seriously adopt a clear path under the GCC’s umbrella. "We will keep advising Qatar openly in line with the instructions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), when he said in a prophetic Hadith (saying): A wolf eats only an out-of-the-way sheep."

“Staying within the GCC umbrella is the only way to safeguard Qatar from the fangs of wolves”, Shaikh Mohammad continued.

The poem comes along with a photo of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

In the poem, he called Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed the best brother and supporter. He said they were each other's heart and soul and stood together to preserve the country, protect the Emirati people and ward off aggression.

He also reaffirmed that the doors of dialogue are still open, saying "whatever the differences, our neighbour shall always be safe". Shaikh Mohammad emphasised that unity is the only guarantee and immunity to protect the GCC nations.

© Gulf News 2017