On the 43rd Anniversary of the Unification of the UAE Armed Forces His Excellency Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi Says: “The Sacrifices and Heroic Deeds of the Armed Forces are a Source of Inspiration for Our Nation’s Youth”

On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the unification of the UAE Armed Forces, which coincides with May 06 of each year, His Excellency Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), confirmed that our Armed Forces are a source of pride for the nation, pointing to their tremendous advances in armaments and training similar to those found in the strongest armies in the world and to the protection the forces provide to our homeland in the face of numerous challenges and threats.

Al-Suwaidi said that the decision to unify the armed forces remains one of the greatest decisions taken in the triumphant journey of the state of the Union. It represents the belief that an integrated national security provides the power and strength needed to secure the country. He added that the decision was also the true beginning of the process of development and modernization of which our Armed Forces have witnessed at all levels and in all its branches. The Forces have become the shield of the homeland, its fortress, and its guarantor of comprehensive security and stability at all levels.

Al-Suwaidi confirmed that our Armed Forces have become one of the most important armies in the region and the world because of their high readiness and exceptional professionalism—attributes that have enabled them to effectively carry out the tasks entrusted to them. He added that this would not have been possible without the unlimited support of our wise leadership headed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who is keen to provide our Armed Forces with all the necessary resources to assume their respective roles and carry out their duties in accordance with the highest international standards. He said that the Forces will always remain the valve of safety and security for our dear homeland and will continue their unique and active role in addressing security and peace issues both regionally and internationally.

Al-Suwaidi remarked that our brave Armed Forces, through their active participation in peacekeeping forces in areas of conflict and through the provision of humanitarian assistance in areas of disasters and crises, have shown indeed that they are a force for security, peace, stability, and development.

He said that our armed forces have already presented a bright and civilized image of the Emirati people, who are well known for their noble and genuine values. He added that our armed forces have also embodied the fixed principles of the United Arab Emirates, in particular to always stand by our brotherly countries in the name of justice, solidarity, and peace.

Al Suwaidi pointed out that there are endless examples of the effectiveness of our Forces in the field, including their active involvement in Operation Decisive Storm and Operation Restoring Hope within the Arab Coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen. He said the Forces have also been effective in their participation in many  other efforts aimed to address the challenges and threats to the security and stability of the region and the world.

He said that on this day, which commemorates our glorious homeland, we stand in honor of the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, which have provided our dear homeland the security and stability needed for continuous sustainable development.  On this day, Al Suwaidi added, we would also like to remember the innocent martyrs of the Armed Forces, who sacrificed their lives to keep the UAE flag flying high, in the name of heroism, righteousness, and duty.

Al Suwaidi concluded by saying that our Armed Forces’ sacrifices and heroic deeds will remain one of the brightest pages in the eternal memory of our homeland. They reflect the authentic essence of our loyal people and represent a source of inspiration for the nation’s youth. These sacrifices will teach our youth to exert more effort to defend our nation and encourage them to work hard to hoist the flag high in honor of our homeland.