National Glorious Anniversary

  • 6 May 2009

Today is a glorious occasion for all Emiratis—the 33rd anniversary of the Unification of the UAE Armed Forces. It was on May 6, 1976, that Armed Forces were united under one leadership. The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,  has affirmed that this represented a qualitative achievement in the journey towards greater unity and an important step towards strengthening solidarity and support for a united country. Over the past 33 years, our Armed Forces have been an industry for producing men of strength and character. It has promoted love of the country, has been dedicated to serving and protecting it, championed righteousness and justice, and promoted peace and security in the region and the world. The anniversary of Unification of the Armed Forces provides an occasion for commemorating the sacrifices of the early founders of the united country and their great efforts toward achieving and strengthening it. They had a wise and clear vision through which they were able to bring their sincere endeavor to fruition through progressive steps, each made at the right moment. It is also a time to express our pride in the UAE Armed Forces’ achievements that have been engaged in peacekeeping activities across the globe for several years, in support of international causes and legitimacy, thanks to its major strides in training, armament and indefatigable advancement. The UAE Armed Forces is the recepient of the unstinted support of The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (May God protect him) as well as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This has allowed the Armed Forces to acquire the most modern and sophisticated military weaponry and equipment in the world, and has empowered them to achieve their objective of protecting the country, and supporting peace in a region riddled with confusion and tensions. The development that our Armed Forces have achieved today highlights the capability of this national institution in discharging its responsibilities and executing its missions in the most competent and effective manner. The international commendation for its role, its ethics and its discipline—as particularly exemplified in the conduct and achievements of its personnel in various peacekeeping operations in different region of the world—is a testament to the immaculate brilliance of the Emirati military. This is reflected in the success it has achieved in every mission because of its great ability in accordance with the highest standards of training in the world.