Loyalty to the Homeland and Wise Leadership
- 31 August 2014
Since the announcement of the National and Reserve Service Act, and during its implementation, people of the UAE have demonstrated a great sense of loyalty toward the country and its leadership. They welcomed the step and emphasized that it allows citizens, both men and women, to serve the UAE and be part of its military service, which has brought laurels for the country. As a result, 30 August 2014 will be recorded in the UAE’s history as the day when the first batch of male and female citizens joined national and reserve services to perform their sacred national duty. They expressed readiness to defend the country at any time and embarked on a journey to acquire skills and values that make them powerful citizens.
Indeed the UAE needs these people to contribute toward this country’s ambitious quest for glory, progress and prosperity across all fields. The positive approach adopted by these men and women with regard to national and reserve services is the fruit of the values instilled by Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), who used to emphasize on patriotism and dedication and willingness to make sacrifices in order to defend the homeland. These present leadership, headed by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), has preserved these values, which has secured their place in the hearts and minds of Emiratis who feel a sense of pride and dignity while at home or abroad.
By expressing their willingness to respond to the nation’s call, the UAE’s youth have set an example in patriotism. Even those who have exceeded the age of 30, and do not meet the basic requirements of military service, have called for provisions to make them become part of the services. Even though the National and Reserve Service Act made this service optional for women, based upon guardian’s approval, a lot of them have chosen to join, despite the hardships associated with it. This shows the strong sense of belonging that connects UAE citizens with their homeland as they look for opportunities to serve the nation.
The positive message sent by UAE citizens through their response to national and reserve services makes the UAE even stronger. Its sons and daughters have expressed willingness to sacrifice everything to defend the nation, which shows their loyalty toward the leadership. It reflects the belief that the country’s wise leadership gives top priority to the interests, security and stability of the country. They make constant efforts to ensure that its development experience remains intact and is taken to newer heights. Any country with such wise and sincere leadership, and loyal and aware citizens, must take pride in its achievements over the years and can move forward with confidence.