Ten best quotes: HH Sheikh Mohammed

Arabian Business looks back at the Dubai ruler's most inspiring comments
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1. On aspiring to be ‘number one’: “We, in the UAE, have no such word as “impossible”; it does not exist in our lexicon. Such a word is used by the lazy and the weak, who fear challenges and progress. When one doubts his potential and capabilities as well as his confidence, he will lose the compass that leads him to success and excellence, thus failing to achieve his goal. I require you, youth, to insist on number one.” (AFP/Getty Images)
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2. On coping with challenges: “Do we have to stand still to avoid the risk of falling, or stop flying for fear of an air crash? Ever since I took a leadership role, I have encountered several challenges. But I never gave up and I never bowed to them.” (AFP/Getty Images)
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3. On exceeding expectations: “Every year I am accustomed to invite media people to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan; we meet at the breakfast meal and discuss a number of issues. I answered a question about how much we have achieved and said then “10 percent only”. After two years, I invited them again during Ramadan and the same journalist asked me the same question; I answered “7 percent only,” because no matter how giant are our achievements for our people, we still aspire achieve more. If we have achieved everything, should we stay hand folded, just to eat and drink? (AFP/Getty Images)
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4. On the role of government: “I want a government that toils 24 hours a day, just like airlines. I want it to be close to people, welcoming all clients akin to that welcome received by hotels’ guests. I want the citizens to be able to process all their government transactions in one place , on a mobile one-stop shop. (Getty Images)
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5. On building the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower: “The project’s designs didn’t exceed 80 floors, but I thought thoroughly and pondered deeply to make Burj Khalifa the most wonderful structure and tallest building in the region so that it would be a tourist destination par excellence; this is what happened. Now, the downtown attracts thousands of tourists from all parts of the globe.” (Getty Images)
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6. On dealing with risk: “Without challenges, success and excellence won’t exist, especially when such a success is meant for the homeland and its fruit is harvested by the citizens. Without challenges, we won’t feel the taste of success and happiness we wish for our people in this dear land.” (Getty Images)
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7. On the Arab Spring: “Change or you will be changed. They have to undertake radical reformation otherwise their people will be disenchanted. Arabs are a smart people who are looking for a decent life. I wish peace, happiness and development to all Arab countries.” (Getty Images)
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8. On leadership:
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9. On sport: "Every day, I walk three kilometres, sometimes, 10 kilometres and some other times 20 kilometres. Sport is an integral part in my daily life. I exercise all types of sports, including horse riding and other sports that develop both body and mind." (Getty Images)
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10. On leading a simple life: “I live a simple life, my life away from leadership is very simple. I wake up early, clean up and pray. I have breakfast with my family. Sometimes I visit my friends, have a cup of coffee, or visit shopping malls and have lunch at a restaurant one of them recommends and see people. This simple life makes me happy.” (AFP/Getty Images)