Established in 1971 and consisting of seven Emirates, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has grown to become a symbol of progress within the region. My work as a United Arab Emirates Photographer has help me to see much of the evidence of that progress firsthand through my camera’s lens. That economic, social and cultural progress is driven, in part, by the country’s appreciation for and protection of its rich history. It is also driven by a willingness to accept some measure of change. The UAE currently has one of the largest expatriate populations in the world. Actually, expats make up roughly 80% of the country’s total population, with the largest concentration of emigrants being located in the country’s largest city, Dubai. The UAE’s welcoming nature toward the input of foreign nationals is positively reflected in its rapid and sustained development. It can also be seen in the country’s vibrant and ever-evolving culture. An expert United Arab Emirates Photographer, like myself, is always able to capture examples of this evolution through the lens of his camera. The need to preserve and maintain the country’s historically significant cultural forms, however, is given high priority in each of the Emirates. It a part of the reason that the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation was established. It has featured programs focused on the various art forms – dance, music, poetry and theatre, to name a few. The photo shows His Excellency Major General Obaid Al Hairi Al Ketbi (currently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia and the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, Samoa and Solomon) as he salutes during the playing of National Anthem at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation. The occasion was to mark the beginning of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Traffic Week – a road safety awareness campaign that seeks to build a culture of safety on the city roadways.