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Khalifa's statement on the first anniversary of his accession to throne

posted on 03/11/2005: 667 views



The grief that struck the UAE with the demise of its founder- president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan would hopefully be turned into an added strength to safeguard the achievements that were attained during his reign, said President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.



In a statement to mark the first anniversary of his accession to the throne as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi Emirate , Sheikh Khalifa said: "With the support and allegiance of my fellow citizens , along with the solidarity of my brothers , Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the emirates, and that of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, we succeeded - with the help of God - to overcame our grief and move ahead with the vision of Sheikh Zayed.”



The impressive legacy of Sheikh Zayed which is replete with a myriad of achievements will continue to be the beacon guiding us into the future, added Sheikh Khalifa.



The last few decades, he said, were a period of socio-economic transformation in Abu Dhabi emirate where the necessary infrastructure was put in place to overturn the economic hardship that prevailed at the time. Thus, massive resources were provided to lay down the foundations of good governance and sustainable development. The next phase of our development march, said Sheikh Khalifa, will focus on the strategic goal of creating a conducive environment to nurture the creativity of our citizens so as to enable them take a proactive role in the socio-economic, scientific, intellectual and political life of their country.



"This phase requires unity and solidarity by all. It also requires a great deal of self-denial and sacrifices for the sake of the country. More importantly, it requires a renewed commitment to continue the drive for comprehensive development.”

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Following is the full text of Sheikh Khalifa's statement:

Dear citizens, The third of November 2004 was a turning point in the history of Abu Dhabi Emirate and that of the UAE. For it was the day in which we took it upon ourselves that the grief that struck the nation with the demise of our founding father and president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan would hopefully be turned into an added strength to safeguard the achievements that were realized during his reign. Even as we mourned his loss, we gained an added momentum to mobilize our resources to protect the nation that he united, the dream that he realized and the security that he provided.



With the support and allegiance of my fellow citizens , along with the solidarity of my brothers, Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the emirates, and that of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, we succeeded - with the help of God - to overcame our grief and move ahead with the vision of Sheikh Zayed. His impressive legacy which is replete with a myriad of achievements will continue to be the beacon guiding us into the future, a prosperous future where security and stability will reign. We will continue to be guided by his vision and words. We will follow in his footstep as we shoulder the responsibility entrusted upon us.



Dear citizens, The last four decades in Abu Dhabi Emirate were witnessed the building of vital infrastructure that was necessary to overturn the harsh economic conditions that prevailed at the time. Thus , the resources which we have been endowed with were used to lay down the foundations of good governance and sustainable development. The emphasis was to transform Abu Dhabi and ensure that decent living conditions were provided for all the citizens.



Dear citizens, Abu Dhabi emirate played a pivotal role in uniting what used to be scattered emirates into a united, viable and sovereign political entity that was later known as the United Arab Emirates. This role was not coincidental

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Rather, it stemmed from the visionary leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed. His vision, coupled with the economic strength of the emirate as well as its large size and population density gave rise to modern UAE.



It was therefore natural that Sheikh Zayed issued his directives, ordering that all the resources of the emirate be put under the disposal of the newly proclaimed state. This move was necessary to consolidate the pillars of the young state. As a result, remarkable achievements were made, as manifested in the modern infrastructure that was built along with a whole range of social, educational and health services that were rendered

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The provision of quality services in various aspects of life paved the way for a new socio-economic, intellectual and psychological reality whereby Abu Dhabi citizens and UAE nationals in general were able to realise their dreams and aspirations. Conducive conditions were therefore created to enable all the citizens to take a proactive role in the development of their country.



Owing to the great efforts and resources that were mobilise, the socio-economic development that was attained in Abu Dhabi turned out to be a distinctive and unparalleled experience, not only at the domestic and regional level but also at the international level. The emirate achieved a qualitative and unprecedented leap within four decades.



In 2004, Gross Domestic Product reached over Dh217 billion, with non-oil sector contributing Dh104 billion following the successful economic diversification policies that were introduced. Surplus balance of trade stood at Dhs.102 billion in the same year, a record that underscores the economic and financial position of the emirate.



Despite our conspicuous economic achievements, we remain committed to the development of our human capital, for this capital is the most value of all our assets. Human resources constitute the real wealth of every nation.



Today, we are on the threshold of a new phase of our development march.



It is a phase where we will focus on the strategic goal of creating a conducive environment to nurture the creativity of our citizens so as to enable them take a proactive role in the socio-economic, scientific, intellectual and political life of their country.



This phase requires unity and solidarity by all. It also requires a great deal of self-denial and sacrifices for the sake of the country. More importantly, it requires a renewed commitment to continue the drive for comprehensive development. Moreover, it requires more creativity, competency and management skills. Our institution must exhibit a greater degree of efficiency in terms of services that they render. We have already gone a long way in re-arranging our priorities to suit the current development trends.



Accordingly, we have paved the way by promulgating new legislation aimed at improving both the production and services of existing institutions. This was done in the hope that existing institutions would be able improve production in terms of quality and quantity and also allow young talents to be more creative and capable of leading the country into the new century.



It should be mentioned that the development and empowerment of our citizens will not be achieved without a fundamental transformation of our educational system in terms of educational objectives and contents. This is why we launched a series of initiatives this year, including the formation of Emirates Corporation, which has been tasked with the responsibility of mustering resources for the educational institutions. Abu Dhabi Educational Council was also formed to evolve an educational strategy that is more responsive to our realities and contributes to the economic growth of the country. The end result of our desired educational system should be to prepare our youth for the rapid technological changes that are currently sweeping the world.



Dear citizens, The current phase of our development calls for an increased role for the private sector, particularly in view of the rapid global changes.



That explains why we issued a series of Emiri decrees, notably the establishment of Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones.



We also issued legislation to promote investments in the real estate sector as is the case with Al Rah Beach development project which will be a new face of Abu Dhabi. Despite the significance of Abu Dhabi as the capital city, we will continue to develop other cities in the emirate evenly.



Quality services will be availed to all areas without any favouritism.



In the area of women and youth empowerment, we reiterate that no developmental process is complete without the contribution of women and youth. Therefore, everything will be done to ensure that adequate training for these sectors are provided so that they participate proactively in the development of the country. Our attempts to empower various segments of the society is in fact an extension to the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed, a vision to which he devoted his entire life. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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