Distinguished National Role Worthy of the Global Appreciation

  • 1 September 2007

The Center for Information Affairs has recently published a book entitled, "Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan: The Era of Prosperity and Excellence," to widespread official and media acclaim, both on the Arab and international levels. The attention given to the book reflects the prominent position of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It also highlights the respect His Highness enjoys and the attention his initiatives and work attract nationally and internationally. In their coverage of the book which documents the Crown Prince's efforts and accomplishments, many Gulf, Arab, and international media outlets appreciated his pioneering internal and external activities. Official pronouncements by the GCC secretariat, Gulf ministries of foreign affairs, and many ambassadors to the UAE confirmed the same.

This appreciation comes from an international realization of the importance and centrality of the role played by General Mohammed in his political and executive capacities and the contributions he makes to the successful development drive in Abu Dhabi, in particular, and in the Emirates as a whole under the leadership of His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Mohammed's vision is based upon many pillars. First, a firm belief in education and planning as essential requirements for any successful and ambitious development process. Second, a firm belief in the individual citizen's ability to significantly contribute to the design, management, and leadership of the development drive. The Crown Prince's emphasis on education is proof that it is the natural course for building citizenship for national action. Third, a firm belief in the comprehensive nature of development and that emphasis should be placed on all of its social, economic, and cultural aspects that would be equally weighted. Shaikh Mohammad's many education initiatives paralleled and coincided with many pioneering economic initiatives to highlight this basic belief. Fourth, an astute exploitation of foreign policy in the service of domestic developmental goals. His Highness' official visits regionally and internationally were designed to provide the right opportunities for UAE's experiment in development and progress so that the country may forge ahead in peace, stability, and cooperation.

The widespread Arab and international attention received by the book, "Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan: The Era of Prosperity and Excellence" is also testimony to the wisdom of leadership in the Emirates, and to the Emirates' constructive regional and global role which has made the country a model of a progressive and pioneering spirit.