Martyrs’ Day marks UAE wise leadership’s appreciation of sacrifices made by Emiratis for duty and justice: Dr. Jamal Al-Suwaidi

  • 24 August 2015

Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director-General of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, ECSSR, has said that the UAE’s wise leadership is proud of the sacrifices made by Emirati citizens in the line of duty during the ongoing struggle for justice. "Sacrifices such as these keep the country’s flag flying high, help the UAE remain a symbol of virtue and maintain its deep-rooted principles of offering support to brotherly nations in times of crises and challenges," he said in a statement published recently in ECSSR's website.

Dr. Al-Suwaidi also said that the decree issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan proclaiming November 30th as UAE Martyrs’ Day every year, is a gesture to salute the martyrdom of Emirati soldiers who have laid down their lives defending the principles and interests of the nation. "It is also an occasion to express gratitude and pride for the loyal citizens who have carried out their duties courageously and have faced death fearlessly," he noted.

Dr. Al-Suwaidi added that Martyrs Day, as a national occasion and an official holiday across the UAE, will help enhance the values of loyalty and sense of belonging to the nation in the hearts of all citizens. "Martyrs’ Day will send an important message that the UAE and its wise leadership have a feeling of gratitude towards those who have sacrificed their lives to defend the nation. It will prove that it is not unfamiliar to see Emiratis racing to defend the homeland and bring laurels even if that means laying down their lives," he explained.

The ECSSR Director-General described the huge response to the announcement from Emiratis, via social media, as a sign of strength and unity of the UAE’s social fabric. "It is also a testimony to the strong national cohesion, security and stability at various levels. He said that the names of all martyrs of the UAE will be recorded on the annals of history of our young nation. They will remain symbols of sacrifice, loyalty, and belonging and a source of pride for other citizens. The idea behind naming November 30th as Martyrs’ Day is to turn this into a moment of gratitude when public and private institutions and all members of the society, including citizens and residents, express pride at the sacrifices made by these martyrs," he noted.

Al-Suwaidi pointed out that the day will be observed just before another auspicious occasion, UAE National Day, on December 2nd. He continued, "This day symbolises the values of unity, loyalty and gratitude to the country and its wise leadership. It is also the occasion to express admiration for the founding fathers of the UAE, especially the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who emphasised the value of sacrifice for the nation. Now we realise that the martyrs of the UAE have taken the path of virtue as illuminated by Sheikh Zayed’s values. They have sacrificed their lives to defend the nation and its values and deserve to be commemorated every year as shining examples."

Dr. Al-Suwaidi went on to say that the UAE will remain faithful to its principles and commitment to defend virtue and help brotherly countries. "It will never renege on its duty to strengthen the pillars of security and counter agents of turmoil and destruction in the region," he noted.

In conclusion, Dr. Al-Suwaidi quoted a recent statement made by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who said, "The UAE never compromises its security and stability, nor the security and safety of all Arab people. It will – through cooperating with its brethren – decisively counter all plans, aggressions and challenges surrounding us."