Unification of the UAE Armed Forces: Remarkable Anniversary

  • 6 May 2008

The 32nd anniversary of the Unification of the UAE Armed Forces falls on May 6. It is a memory that is dearest to all citizens due to the strength and stature of this “strong force” in our hearts, as well as its significance and its high values that makes it an industry for producing men, a school for instilling patriotism, loyalty and belongingness to the country, and a model for all forms of noble and serious endeavour.

In fact, this giant step on the road to the Union, which we celebrate today, is a result of the fruitful cooperation, confluence of visions and combination of hopes and ambitions between His Highness the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and His Highness the Late Sheikh Rashid bin Said Al Maktoum, and their brothers Their Highnesses, Members of the UAE Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates. In the same context, this historical decision to unite all Armed Forces comes as confirmation of their serious will for eliminating all obstacles that come in the way of comprehensive consolidation of all institutions of the country, which has been brilliantly accomplished.

This memory also comes with important reminders because this step taken in 1976 has led to greater realization of people’s hopes and aspirations and has united the UAE Armed Forces under one flag and one leadership in order to protect the homeland and its citizens. It has served as a bulwark for plans of nation building, development and growth. This step expresses the UAE's real political outlook. It is a step that has facilitated several subsequent steps on the path of progress, which have not been achieved overnight nor without planning.

Undoubtedly, the decision to unite our Armed Forces forged the establishment of a united country, which over the years has become a political and developmental model, worthy of emulation for all. Currently, the country is witnessing, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, many new developmental projects in various fields. Guided by the sagacious vision of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Armed Forces have persevered to realize greater progress by employing the best military technology under the patronage of the His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. His Highness has confirmed that "our ambitions are highly important and boundless and we usually look up to our Armed Forces and its personnel to bring about continual and successive development in all fields.”

The memory of the Unification of the UAE Armed Forces comes as an important occasion for appraising this very important achievement which has made a big dream come true for the country and of the citizen. We take pride at this anniversary, and in the level of development and technical capabilities of our Armed Forces. Security is an integral part of comprehensive growth in the country, and the development of our Armed Forces has always been guided by a strategic vision aimed at establishing a force that could safeguard and secure our achievements and economic growth, coupled by a foreign policy that calls for the abandonment of the violence and the building of bridges of cooperation among countries that care for peace.