By Dr Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber
We should all mark the centenary of the birth of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by adopting his values of hope, determination and progress
The Year of Zayed provides us with a valuable opportunity to adhere to the principles and values instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed, who impressed the entire world with his achievements and successes.
While taking pride in the noble legacy of Zayed, God bless his soul, we also feel proud of the wise leadership of our nation, which is following in the footsteps of the founding father, continuing his drive to ensure constant development in a model of renaissance that is embodied by the UAE.
As the year 2018 dawns upon us, it carries the dreams of all people for happiness, security, stability and tolerance to prevail around the globe. However, in the UAE, the new year has a higher plane of significance as it has been declared “Year of Zayed” – after the leader who built grand edifices of pride and glory, enlightening the path of life for a people who deserve to be the globe’s happiest population.
A people that has been blessed by Allah Almighty with a leader who boasts a developmental renaissance project. A leader who banked on the past to build up the future of his people with the objective of spreading love and tolerance throughout the UAE.
We celebrate a rich legacy left by Sheikh Zayed, a legacy deriving its nobility from his in-depth thoughts, futuristic vision and deeply-rooted values, the seeds of which he sowed before they fructified into a powerful nation standing resilient to the forces of envy and greed; a nation fortified by the loyalty and sincerity of its sons; a nation winning the hearts and minds of all the world’s peoples who find in it a fertile land for their dreams, hopes and chances of success.
Sheikh Zayed built a nation that is a role model for transforming challenges into opportunities for development. In collaboration with his brothers, the rulers of the Emirates, he established a union founded on the solid values of justice, respect, dignity and love for the homeland.
While celebrating the Year of Zayed, we provide the generations of today and tomorrow a humanitarian encyclopedia illuminating them on how the UAE has become an oasis for stability and development and a global hub for innovation and leadership. These generations have the right to benefit from this inexhaustible well of achievements made by the late founder and realise that scientific progress in all areas of life have to be accompanied by an adherence to sublime values and principles.
While leading a renaissance across all fields, we fully realise the amount of determination Sheikh Zayed carried on throughout his life to establish the pillars of a nation capable of continuing the drive of achievements ceaselessly. His noble deeds exist all over the globe; it is quite rare to find a country where his achievements are missing. He charted a humanitarian path that has positioned the UAE on top of the world’s most generous aid donors. He embodied an exhaustible well of giving, hope and support for the underprivileged.
God bless the soul of the UAE founder and our renaissance inspirer and builder. We will continue in his footsteps, and remain loyal to our nation under the wise leadership of our country.
Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber is UAE Minister of State and chairman of the National Media Council