On the 45th anniversary of the unification of the UAE Armed Forces, the ECSSR’s Director General stated: “The UAE’s armed forces constitute a formidable defense, safeguarding the country’s achievements.”
- 5 May 2021
His Excellency Dr. Sultan Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), explained that UAE Armed Forces Unification Day, which takes place on May 6 each year, is a special national event. It is an opportunity for Emiratis to celebrate the efforts of their courageous armed forces, and the vital role they play in maintaining national security. The military is instrumental in safeguarding the UAE’s development gains, in a variety of sectors, in addition to their significant contribution to upholding security and stability, regionally and internationally. His Excellency added that the decision to unify the UAE Armed Forces was a historic achievement that confirmed the founding fathers’ determination to strengthen the pillars of the Union, and its advancement. This echoes the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai (may God protect him).
Dr. Al-Nuaimi added that this anniversary, which coincides with preparations for the UAE’s 50th Anniversary, is an occasion to be proud of the progress made by the UAE Armed Forces. The qualitative development seen, since they united under one flag and one leadership on May 6, 1976, is underpinned by the wise leadership’s conviction that the military’s role is essential, and vital to maintaining security. The leadership view the UAE Armed Forces as an integral part of the nation’s comprehensive development, which has elevated the UAE on the world stage.
His Excellency stressed that the decision to unify the UAE Armed Forces was a pivotal moment in the history of our dear homeland, echoing His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), who described it as the embodiment of the wisdom of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace), and his brothers, the founding rulers.
Dr. Al-Nuaimi explained that the founding fathers’ decision to unify the armed forces has provided an endless source of determination to strengthen the Union. It provides inspiration, not only at the Arab and regional levels, but globally, to strive to fulfill the aspirations of the founding fathers.
His Excellency emphasized that the UAE Armed Forces will continue to forge strong men and women, and present a model of planning, organization and hard work. The armed forces also protect the state and its citizens, and serve as an institution that reinforces values of loyalty and belonging to the nation. The UAE Armed Forces demonstrates the importance of great sacrifice, to protect the nation, which has never shown anything other than generosity to its people.
Dr. Al-Nuaimi concluded that the UAE Armed Forces, which guarantee our safety as the first line of defense, are prepared to confront any danger the country might face. They have conclusively proven themselves to be a shield for this young nation. They present a solid foundation for the UAE’s comprehensive development, and as such, have a special place in the hearts and minds of Emiratis. He added that on this special day, Emiratis must teach their children the enormity of the sacrifices made by the righteous martyrs of the UAE Armed Forces, who gave their precious souls for their dear country.