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Rotarians Sharing Their Love for UAE

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

In honor of the UAE's 50th National Day, members of different Rotary Clubs in the UAE shared their love and appreciation for UAE through inspiring stories.


Bashar Selo

-Rotarian UAE Success Story

My story began when I arrived on to Dubai , UAE at the age of 21 to visiting some relatives here - with no plan of establishing any business activities - that was on 12 January, 1979.

It was meant to be a vacation, but ended up becoming my home. We all know that Dubai is very fast-paced city, but I still remember how cars were moving slower, and traffic jams were non-existent.

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Tariq Abu Rous

-Rotarian UAE Success Story

50 years of UAE, and I’m part of those 50 years indeed. We were both born in 1971, so we both share the same age.

I’ve lived and loved the UAE for the past 20 years. I work here and I am a resident.

I’ve shared most of my experiences here, the good and the bad. In fact, one of my 3 my beloved daughters was born in the UAE. So, in a way I will always be attached to this country.

U: Under your peace and safety we all live

A: At my heart you will always be

E: Every day I’m proud to be part of this long and challenging journey

I love the UAE leaders and I’ve truly learned a lot from them.

Thank you UAE for everything you have offered me and my family. Happy National Day!


Rashed Al Mohtadi

-Rotarian UAE Success Story

The UAE has always been an advocate for growth, with quotes like “the race for excellence has no finish line “reigning true and clear as a message of will and determination from our leaders. To have been part of the journey that saw the UAE transform sands into skyscrapers has nothing short of magical.

As a Citizen, I was required to serve in the UAE military service and to be quite honest, I did not know what to expect. Civilian and military life are very different from one another, and making that transition was always going to be difficult. Having had experience in wealth management for over 10 years I can safely say that one of the best investments the UAE made in its citizens is implementing the national service. This experience not only increased our pride as nationals and grew our love for our country, but it also bonded us as brothers for life. Men from all over the Emirates from RAK, Sharjah, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, and Umm Al Quwain were all suddenly put face to face with their brother from a different background and given the opportunity that would have not been possible elsewhere. That opportunity is to build friendships with one another. The kind of friendship you only get a chance to build once in your life, at school. To establish this kind of kinship is quite unique as it is built on serving our country, and being there for one another throughout the hardship of the military service.

My proudest moment as an Emarati is serving in the National military service. It is a privilege and an honor to say that his is our duty, to give back to a country that has given us so much. As the late John F Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”


Musa Al-Sadoon

-Rotarian UAE Success Story