Commemoration Day and the Federation Journey: Reflections on the Values of Gratitude and Generosity

Commemoration Day and the Federation Journey: Reflections on the Values of Gratitude and Generosity

  • 28 November 2016

While the civilization roots of the United Arab Emirates are deeply entrenched in history, the country – as we know it today – was not established until 1971 when Britain withdrew from the Arabian Gulf region, leaving for its leaders the task of taking key historic decisions. This is how the UAE federation was created and its foundations laid down by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – may God bless his soul – and his brothers, the members of the Federal Supreme Council. Since day one, human capital has been at the heart of development efforts. President of the UAE HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – may God protect him – has continued these development efforts including launching an empowerment plan generating historic decisions and instituting federal and local strategic plans aimed at ensuring the welfare of citizens. We still benefit from these national achievements until today.

Along with its domestic development efforts, the UAE extended a helping hand beyond its borders, defending the oppressed and assisting those in dire need of help irrespective of their religion or race. In this context, the UAE contributed to peacekeeping operations in Lebanon, Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the UAE armed forces participated in liberating Kuwait and restoring legitimacy in Yemen. It was God’s will that the UAE has its share of martyrs, whose sacrifices teach us lessons in how to love our country, defend it and be loyal to its leadership. This lecture will present lessons to be learned from the Commemoration Day, including the significance of the statement by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – may God protect him – that “Our Home is United.”

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Monday 28 November 2016

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Monday 28 November 2016

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