Appreciating the Protectors of Our Land

  • 1 January 2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, recently said that our Armed Forces are among the strongest and most advanced in the region. He expressed his gratitude to the leader of the process of empowerment, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), and said that the UAE’s Armed Forces have some of the best trained and equipped personnel. The statement indicates the nationalist and humanitarian aspects of the UAE Armed Forces and carries profound implications.

The news, which the great people of our beloved country heard, has always been the purpose behind the foundation laid down by Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul). Decades ago the late Sheikh Zayed said that the way of the army is arduous whose end cannot be reached except by men who believe in Allah and in the sanctity of the land. His Highness, the President of the UAE (may Allah protect him), followed in these footsteps and has taken this process forward. “The UAE does not get armed to carry out aggression but does so because it believes that weakness tempts aggression and power is a requirement for the consolidation of peace,” His Highness said.

This shows the kind of effort and hard work that go into bringing our valiant forces to this level of training as per the finest scientific, professional, psychological, and moral standards of the armed forces equipped with the most advanced military technology. Our sons in the Armed Forces carry the spiritual values of loyalty, devotion and dedication to the UAE and its wise leadership. His Highness Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai valued the efforts being made by the Armed Forces, on the eve of the New Year, for their merit, excellence, efficiency, and strength.

His Highness also lauded the efforts made by those who have participated in this process, led by “my brother His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who has led efforts for development and change and has devoted energy and time for years to build forces that have become a source of our pride, a pillar of our union, and shield every inch of our country. He is the first to be thanked for his dedication, leadership, and inspiration to all members of the Armed Forces becoming among the best in the world.” Citizens and residents of the UAE are proud of the prestige of our Armed Forces due to their preparedness to protect the land and safeguard the Union. We are proud of our Armed Forces who, in the words of His Highness the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, “are there when everyone is asleep, sacrifice when others hesitate, protect and put the country before them for the sake of every inch of the UAE land,” he said.

Our wise leadership, under His Highness the President of the UAE, must be congratulated for motivating our loyal people towards making greater accomplishment, moving them from a high status to a more glorious one, and from being happy people in the region to the happiest nation on earth. Congratulations to you and us, the people of this good land, the people of our Armed Forces, the source of pride for every human being on this land. Thanks to Allah, and all the love and appreciation from the guardians of this land, culture, borders, and skies. Best wishes for the New Year to our people, leadership, and the Armed Forces.