The Doctrine of Loyalty and Belonging

  • 17 March 2016

One of the most prominent distinctive features of the UAE since its inception by the founding fathers, led by the late, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, (may God rest his soul), is its possession of a rich heritage of positive values that represents a basis for a comprehensive qualitative development that has been launched in the country adding a particularity to its already wise governance model in cohesion between the leadership and the people.

In this context, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, (may God protect him), paid a visit to Amina Salim Hamdan Marashda in her residence in Kalba ,Sharjah, because she stands as a role model forEmirati women. She sent her seven sons, one after the other, to the battlefields to perform their national duty within the UAE armed forces, and prepares to send her eighth son to serve the homeland in the army, although she needs him to look after her after the death of their father. This move underlines how deeply entrenched are the values of generosity, and loyalty that enrich the UAE’s society.

The visit has a symbolic dimension and illustrates the cohesion between the wise leadership and citizens across the country. It also shows that the leadership is closely following the issues and needs of citizens making sure they enjoy a decent life, which is the first goal for the march of the Union. The visit also reflects special place given to UAE women and their active and inspiring role in society. This was confirmed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, during the visit, when he said: “Our wise leadership is proud of the Emiratis who assert every day their authenticity, generosity and loyalty to the beloved homeland”, adding that “every time our Emirati mothers provide a role model and valuable moral lessons in education, sacrifice and loyalty, and belonging, to the country, words are not enough to describe or express these stances as they represent very precious meanings”.

The visit also demonstrated the extraordinary interest of our wise leadership to shed light on the glorious and bright models in the UAE society, in order to strengthen the system of positive values such as generosity and loyalty and belonging among the sons of the homeland. This was expressed clearly by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan who said that “such kinds of stories should be written in the history of the UAE, as they represent great models that should be narrated to future generations”.

This visit illustrates in its finest images the appreciation of the UAE’s leadership of the loyal Emirati people. It reflects the love of the sons of the UAE for their homeland and their loyalty to their wise leadership. The sons of this loyal Emirati mother have expressed their honor at the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan , stressing that “ they are all loyal soldiers who serve the country in all fields of national duty, and they remain united with other Emirati soldiers and Emiratis behind the wise leadership at all times and locations”. This indicates their depth of the attachment to the homeland and their readiness to sacrifice themselves for their country. It also confirms the solid foundation of the Union, its cohesion and cooperation against any threat or danger whatsoever, in order to defend it and safeguard the future of its people.