AJMAN, 7th August, 2017 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, praised the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declaring that 2018 in the UAE will carry the theme, "The Year of Zayed," as a national occasion to celebrate the life of the late Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Ammar said that 2018 will witnesses the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. The announcement also coincided with the anniversary of the start of his rule of Abu Dhabi on 6th August, 1966, he added.
Sheikh Ammar stressed that this initiative is the highest form of loyalty, to immortalise a great path that is represented by a hundred years of giving, hard work and dedication to unify the nation, advance the lives of its people and achieve development.
"Our celebration of this blessed journey will pay back our debts to Sheikh Zayed, for creating real achievements for the current generation, which continues today through the work of the wise leadership," he added.
Sheikh Ammar stressed that Sheikh Zayed has a prominent place in the souls and hearts of the UAE’s people, because of his wise messages and noble values. Sheikh Zayed has also placed his fingerprints and left his legacy in the UAE’s many achievements and accomplishments, which are the result of the personality of the late leader who was a prominent Arab and Islamic leader and was known to everyone. He also led the UAE during a period of many challenges, and he had managed, despite many considerable challenges, to highlight the positive and honourable aspects of the UAE, he added.
"The Federation was a great dream that Sheikh Zayed had dedicated his life to, and discussing the Federation was a common theme in his meetings and deliberations. How can it not be after he said that we are all federalists in our hopes and wishes, and we must first support our internal unity, and then the unity of the Gulf region as the first stage of a wider Arab unity? We see countries around the world that are not united in the same way in terms of a common language, but we still see them being united. So why not let our unity be our hope and future," His Highness said.
Sheikh Ammar pointed out that the Federation, which Sheikh Zayed has worked to create with devotion and dedication, has provided goodness, blessings and benefits for its people. "Our country has kept pace with global advances with great strides, and it has achieved all kinds of development and successes for its economy and society. A previous visitor to the UAE will be amazed by its great and fascinating development, which cannot be missed and is evident to all who follow or observe. This great and wide desert land has today become a prosperous nation due to its agricultural and mineral wealth, and Emirati life has become a modern lifestyle that has kept pace with modernity, but without compromising the nobility and traditional values of its community. The UAE is now harvesting the fruits of its effort and patience, and its citizens have the right to be proud of Sheikh Zayed," he added.
Sheikh Ammar further said that Sheikh Zayed has established the foundations of strong relationships with his Arab counterparts, which are now established relations tied together and supported by a common religion and language, and customs and traditions, which are bridged by the region’s geography. The UAE has always stood up with other Arab nations whenever required, and its efforts have always connected it to the region, in its efforts to achieve Arab solidarity and unite the Islamic people, as a leading, clear, steady and confident voice that defends the rights of Arabs and Islam, he added.
"Even though Sheikh Zayed is no longer with us, his legacy still remain and will be remembered by future generations. His life was a great era in the history of this part of the world, and a period that was full of accomplishments for the lives of the UAE’s citizens. Sheikh Zayed made his people happy, in the past and in the present, and our lives today are the fruits of the founding father’s planted seeds," he stated.
He also pointed out that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has progressed from being an accomplishment to a modern wonder, inspired by the philosophy, vision, wisdom and giving of "Zayed the Giving."
Sheikh Ammar stressed that 2018 will provide a great national occasion to continue the journey, with strong arms and a solid will, of the children of Sheikh Zayed, and an opportunity to strive for greater effort and giving, to preserve the nation’s accomplishments, strengthen the spirit of the Federation