Book Review: Flashes of Thought by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Flashes of Thought by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the lasting impression of the charisma of the author, himself. Inspired by a dialogue at the Government Summit 2013, the book keeps pace with the prowess of the vision that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has always possessed. Today, the author is recognized as a dynamic leader of international stature.

Since Sheikh Mohammed is considered as ‘the founder of systematic strategic planning in the UAE Government – and has pioneered many innovative ideas in the public and commercial spheres, both locally and nationally’, the book reveals the dynamic characteristics of the author. The style of writing flows naturally – every page has inspiring content for the reader to appreciate, and put to personal use.

Here is an example from a quote by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: “We were told our region was teeming with tension and therefore our trade could not thrive; today we are the biggest partner in the Middle East for the most important economies in the world. We were told that bringing Arabs together was impossible; today the UAE has proven itself to be a union of unprecedented success.”

On the subject of: Time management, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum writes, “Manage your time, know your priorities, enjoy life and leave your mark.”

On the topic of: Aid to the world, the author states, “The UAE is not just a financial and economic nucleus, neither is it just a tourism hub: we are also a nerve centre of global humanitarian work.”

Flashes of Thought is published by Motivate Publishing. Other books by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid are:
  • Mohammed bin Rashid Collection of Poems (1990)
  • Al Umsiah Collection of Poems (1997)
  • My Vision: Challenges in the Race for Excellence (2006)
  • Poems from the Desert (2009)
  • 40 Poems from the Desert (2011)
  • Spirit of the Union: Lecture on the Occasion of the United Arab Emirates’ Fortieth National Day (2012)


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