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British Author Unveils Rare UAE Leader Stories: Honesty with Sheikh Mohammed

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British author Graeme Wilson, a resident of the UAE since 1990 and author of over 50 books, shared intriguing insights into the global projects undertaken by late Sheikh Khalifa and President Sheikh Mohamed, shedding light on lesser-known narratives surrounding UAE leaders.

Wilson, known for his meticulous research and numerous biographies of world leaders, emphasized the impactful contributions of leaders such as late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose endeavors have positively affected billions of lives worldwide.

During a session at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Wilson unveiled his extensive research, spanning 2,000 budget allocations across 165 countries by UAE rulers. Notably, he highlighted the pivotal role played by Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed in advocating for the global ban on commercial whaling, which was instrumental in saving endangered whale species.

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Wilson also recounted Sheikh Zayed's intervention to conserve African elephants by funding a continent-wide census, leading to a global ban on ivory trade. Additionally, he narrated Sheikh Zayed's significant contributions to Ivory Coast's cocoa production industry, which transformed the nation's economy and empowered numerous families.

The author shared anecdotes illustrating the personal touch of UAE leaders, including a heartwarming story of Sheikh Mohammed providing traditional medicine to a minister, demonstrating his compassionate nature.

Wilson further revealed the admiration of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for Dubai's development under Sheikh Mohammed's leadership, emphasizing his remarkable ability to deliver exceptional results.

Highlighting Sheikh Mohammed's reputation for honesty and accountability, Wilson underscored the importance of truthfulness when interacting with him. He shared instances where individuals were held accountable for misrepresentation, emphasizing Sheikh Mohammed's keen memory and attention to detail.

Wilson emphasized the importance of documenting such stories, particularly those concerning the philanthropic endeavors of UAE leaders, to preserve their legacies for future generations. He stressed the significance of recording these narratives before they are lost to time, highlighting the responsibility to ensure the enduring recognition of the UAE leaders' contributions to global welfare.

Wilson's forthcoming biography of Sheikh Mohammed promises to offer a comprehensive insight into the leader's persona, achievements, and the ethos guiding his actions, representing a testament to the enduring impact of UAE leadership on the world stage.

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