In Celebration of the UAE Union Day

  • 1 December 2008

Tomorrow, the Second of December, is the 37th Anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. On this day, Emiratis remember with fondness the efforts of the fathers of the nation, most notably Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may he rest in peace, to establish the union and preserve it in the face of all problems and adversity. They also look with pride to the achievements and successes at all levels over a period of 37 years in which the state has been able to start a comprehensive development and to pursue it under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The number of years since the founding of the UAE may be a short time but it is substantial if measured in qualitative development that has changed the face of the country and transformed it into a model to be emulated in progress and stability. The UAE has succeeded in diversifying its sources of income and its national economy has become modern, progressive, and diversified. The Emirati citizen has all at once become the focus, maker, and goal of development. Emirati women are strongly felt in all fields of national action: as ministers, ambassadors, judges, and Deputy Prosecutor General. Consultation is a firm government practice and leadership positions are open to all. In addition, there has been great advancement in the fields of education, housing, sports and youth, and culture, all signifying the level of human development the UAE has achieved and the degree of care the citizen feels from his government.

Internationally, the UAE's wise and balanced foreign policy has assured the state of a prominent regional and global position and has gained the country a level of confidence as a responsible state with an astute vision toward its crises and issues. The UAE's humanitarian policy around the world that has no preference for nationality, religion, color, or race has made it an example of goodness, giving, and responsiveness.

In an atmosphere of instability and tension, the UAE has been able to preserve its security and stability in the Gulf and the Middle East as well as its social wellbeing. This has been a direct result of a policy that has been based on three principles: openness and tolerance that assure coexistence between tens of nationalities and cultures, creative interaction without restrictions between leaders and people, and development undertaken by the state that the citizen feels and that increases his love of country and its leaders.

These achievements did not come from naught but from persistent effort and action. The preservation of such achievements is the responsibility of every Emirati citizen in every sector of national action.