The President, Sheikh Khalifa, last night congratulated the country's Rulers and its people after the UAE came top for Government Efficiency in this year's Global Competitiveness Yearbook.
In his congratulatory remarks the President remembered the country's founding father, Sheikh Zayed.
He said: "We remember well, and we are grateful to the late Sheikh Zayed and his fellow founding fathers."
He added: "We salute the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed, and his government team on both local and federal levels for the achievements made and for the motivation they provided to the masses inside and outside the UAE.
"They have proven that the welfare of the citizens of the country is the Government's ultimate goal. The achievement made by the UAE in social cohesion is yet another example that we are on the right track on building the future."