H.H. Sheikh Khalifa, the Globally Renowned Figure

  • 9 November 2014

American magazine Forbes made the right choice recently when it included the name of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) in the list of most influential persons in the world in 2014. His Highness was ranked 37 in the latest list by the magazine and 2nd in the Arab world, after His Majesty, Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.

The inclusion of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s name in this list at this time doubles the celebrations as it coincides with the anniversary of his ascension, an occasion Emiratis celebrate by hoisting the country’s flags on the 3rd of November every year. This announcement, coinciding with the 10th year of celebrations, proves that His Highness’s efforts over the years have won local, regional and international acclaim. He has been recognized for services rendered to this nation, brotherly Arab countries, and to all humanity.

The political acumen of His Highness, his wise policies, and initiatives taken by him in leading the country have been the most important criteria that features him in the list of most influential people in the world. Through his wise leadership of the UAE, in a region full of conflicts, His Highness has set an example of great leadership for nations and countries in difficult times. He has set an example for world leaders looking to contain the crises threatening global stability. If not dealt with immediately, such crises can neutralize the gains made by human beings. Politicians and strategists have hence described the UAE’s policies as “the safest and most comprehensive in the whole region”.

The UAE’s prudent policies have been evident under the leadership of His Highness on various fronts, including his humanitarian initiatives, which put the UAE at the forefront of countries providing assistance across world as per latest international rankings. This goes on to show how the UAE has supported other Arab countries in their political and security situations and how it has participated in international coalition against terrorist and extremist organizations. This outlines the basic principle of the UAE’s policy, which is opposed to all kinds of extremism and seeks peace and security for all nations.

Since coming to power, the President His Highness has proved that he is worthy successor of the best predecessor and that he has furthered the achievements of the nation. Under his wise leadership during this ‘empowerment’ phase, the UAE has continued its march toward more political, economic, social, global, and cultural empowerment of Emiratis. The country today plays a multi-faceted role in the world by taking balanced positions in the country and abroad. These positions are based on comprehensive analysis and noble strategic goals seeking to build partnerships within a unified international framework. It is these policies that have made the UAE and its leaders symbols of positive influence.