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UAE is ready to make more gains under Khalifa: Rulers

posted on 02/12/2005: 2326 views

The UAE leaders yesterday hailed the astounding progress and prosperity made over the past 34 years and emphasised the country would remain an oasis of peace, security, stability and socio-economic development under the astute stewardship President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates said the development drive, led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, over the past three decades had resulted in a staggering progress and prosperity, helping the UAE take a prominent place among the international family.

In statements to 'Dira' Al Watan' magazine on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the UAE national day, the leaders termed the 2 December as the most conspicuous signpost in the history of the nation. They added that enviable progress in political, health, educational, social, economic, cultural, sports and services domains had been made, but stressed that the UAE people were eager to add more gains guided by Sheikh Khalifa. H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said yesterday that the UAE had made staggering progress and prosperity and reiterated firm determination under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa to maintain these gains and add more achievements to them to ensure a promising future to the next generations. '

'The remarkable progress made by the UAE in all walks of life over the 34 years of the age of the federation has instituted the UAE as a striking example to be emulated by others and turned it into an oasis for peace, stability and prosperity,' Sheikh Maktoum said in statement to the 'Dira' Al Watan' magazine on the occasion of the glorious national day.

'The building of the UAE human being will remain the backbone and top priority of our development plans as a real asset for the nation ...........all energies and capacities should be directed to build a UAE national who is armed with education and knowledge and who is capable of handling and dealing with all products of technology under a far-sighted development strategy,' Sheikh Maktoum said.

He assured the UAE people that their leaders would remain faithful to the country's principles, values and firmed policies to serve national interests and push the march of the federation ahead towards more progress and prosperity.

'While we celebrate this great day, we pay homage to the founding father of the nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who judiciously spearheaded the strenuous efforts, along with his brothers the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Rulers of the emirates, to establish the UAE federation.

Sheikh Maktoum said the UAE's policy which based on peace, love, honesty, mutual respect, fruitful cooperation and non-interference into other's affairs, has won the country a prominent standing at international scene, helping it to stand as an active player at regional and international forums.

Sheikh Maktoum also expressed the UAE support for the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples and reiterated its condemnation of all forms and manifestations of terrorism and violence.

In Sharjah, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, termed the 2 December- the day which the UAE federation was born- as a milestone in the history of UAE.

'The unique federation, which brought hearts and minds of the UAE people together- has become a model of the Arab great expectations and dreams,' Sheikh Sultan said. He also praised the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his sacrifices, dedication and loyalty to his people and to his Arab and Muslim nation.

'President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan will follow in the step of his late father in adding more chapters to the success story of the UAE,' he added. Sheikh Sultan urged the UAE children to equip themselves with sciences and knowledge and work diligently so to be able to stand up to the challenges and cope with the rapid developments of modern time. 'With the strong will and persistence of the UAE people, we are confident that the days to come will bring with them a lot of good, progress and welfare,' he concluded.

In his statement on this occasion, H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah said: "We receive this day a happy occasion which is very dear to our heart, the 34th anniversary of our National Day, a day which saw the seven emirates of our dear nation coming together to form a unified and strong entity which brought all the sons and daughters of this country together and unified their energies under a wise leadership led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in perfect peace.

"The past years in the age of the UAE federation have witnessed great achievements in all areas and at all levels, internally and externally, thanks to the wise polices of my late brother, Sheikh Zayed, were a source of great pride. Those achievements have lifted our country high to the level of advanced countries of the world that command great respect. The federal institutions have made great strides forward in a way that has succeeded in consolidating the pillars and foundation of the UAE federation. They have also exerted all their efforts to protect and maintain those achievements.

"Here we are today at the threshold of a new year in our federation march. On this note, I would like to say, certainly, we have great ambition for realising more achievements and progress for our people and the next generations. We pray to Allah the Almighty to help us achieve those ambitions for our nation and people. "On this happy occasion, I would like to seize the opportunity to extend the warmest greetings and profound congratulations to my brother, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE President and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, my brethren, Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates. I would also seize the opportunity to congratulate our loyal UAE people. I pray to Allah for more of this happy occasion. May Allah the Almighty grant this young nation of ours more progress and prosperity."

In his statement on the happy occasion, H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nu'aimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, extended his profound greetings and congratulations to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and Their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of Dubai. He also wished the UAE and its people more progress and prosperity. He said: "We celebrate today the anniversary of the UAE federation but at a time when the founder of this federation no longer lives among us.

Today we celebrate this anniversary with mixed feelings - the beauty and happiness of the UAE federation mixed with the pains and sadness of separation and great loss. "The late Sheikh Zayed had been very distinctive throughout his reign, beginning with the time he acceded the throne as Ruler of Al Ain in 1946 until his death on November 8, 2004. He distinct himself as a great leader with great political guidance and great sense of judgement, strong will and determination, moderate ideology, generosity and great achievements in all areas of life.

"God willing, this federation march would continue to sail smoothly under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who has successfully got his leadership, political and ideological training under the tutelage of his late father. Since his young age, Sheikh Khalifa had been mingling and interacting with the people in Al Ain. This enabled him to have first hand information about their grievances and problems and kept him close to them to help them achieve their ambitions and aspirations.

"Talking about the UAE federation will always remain the dearest to my heart and soul because it is directly related to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - may his soul rest in perfect peace - On this memorable day we renew our allegiance to hold fast together and to keep clean our intention. Certainly, the march towards good and sincere work will continue under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is a pledge that we have solemnly made to him. "The federation that continues to stand tall for 34 years remains a great and unique achievement of its kind. Every observer to our federation march would certainly have for us great respect and deep regards for what we have been able to achieve within the past 34 years.”

The late Sheikh Zayed had said it to the world that 'the federation is the way to our glory, great benefit and common good. Weak entities have no place in today's world. This has been proven by history in all eras'. "Undoubtedly, the UAE federation is one of the most successful in the Arab world. It has transformed the UAE within three decades to a modern and prosperous nation with its people enjoying prosperity and progress.”

"Finally, I would like to say that if the UAE federation itself is a great achievement by all testimonies, I believe that it sustenance and strong move forward is nothing but a miracle. We therefore urge the young generations to take good lesson from the great sacrifices made to this nation by their ancestors and fathers, lead by the late Sheikh Zayed. They must work to protect and maintain these achievements by working hard and making sacrifices. They must always put first the interest of the nation before any other interest. "On this happy day we thank God the Almighty for blessing this country with good leadership and supportive people who stand firmly behind their leaders."

In his statement on the occasion of the 34th Anniversary of the UAE National Day, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain said: "The 34th Anniversary of the founding of the UAE on this ever glorious Day, coincides with the second anniversary of the sad demise of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Builder of the Federation, and the accession of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the presidency of the UAE, as his trustworthy successor whom we trust shall follow into the footsteps of the Great Absent Leader.”

"At the very outset of his rule, Sheikh Khalifa became much concerned with the plight of UAE citizens and expatriates alike, and swiftly moved to decrease their economic pressures and upgrade their living standards in various contexts". "He issued decrees which guaranteed social security to low-income citizens and instructed government institutions to prepare plans for redressing the problems of citizens who lived in remote rural areas. His generous contributions overflowed beyond UAE boundaries, resulting in residential areas springing-up in Palestine. His assistance also reached various areas of the world, which were devastated by natural catastrophes and supported depraved people everywhere irrespective of their races, colours and creeds.”

"On the local plane, the stability, prosperity and affluence which is being currently enjoyed by the UAE at all levels, is enough guarantee that the wise policies laid down by late Sheikh Zayed were still alive in the hands of Sheikh Khalifa". "It is clear to the world, at this juncture of our history, that the President and his brethren, Leaders of the emirates, have well conceived and digested the values and principles set by the late Father of the Nation for the welfare and prosperity of our great country".

In a statement on the 34th Anniversary of UAE National Day, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah said: "We praise Allah for the blessing He had bestowed on us in the person of late Sheikh Zayed who had overwhelmed the world with outpouring love for his country and people. Sheikh Zayed had steered the ship of this nation with wisdom and dexterity. His presence among us will always be felt like a perpetual breath of fresh air. He was a man who had planted the seeds of affection in the hearts of all, as much as he had painted his land with opulent greenery, at a time the entire world thought it would forever remain a desolate waste land. Zayed was a man in a class of his own.”

"I seize this opportunity to convey my heartfelt congratulations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai , Their Highnesses Rulers of the emirates and the UAE people, on the occasion of this dear and precious Day.”

"Zayed's leadership was the corner stone of UAE Unity, which shall undoubtedly be pursued with sure and confident steps by his successors, under the guidance of Sheikh Khalifa. By virtue of this glorious Day which we are commemorating today, the UAE is now placed on a high pedestal among its regional and international peers. It has become a respectable member of the world's community, thanks to Our Federation which made this possible. This condition has concretely enabled UAE to translate all its dreams into reality on the ground and we are a sturdy and confident nation under the banner of this Federation. Our economy is now powerful due to excellent investment programmes and well-planned development policies.”

"The progress we have achieved so far, is also evident in there as of education and culture throughout the emirates. Our diversified sources of learning have tangibly contributed in creating generations of UAE young citizens who are fortified with knowledge and technical-know-how". The State is also taking good care of the families by providing them with their basic needs in life, in form of accommodation, jobs and the like, as could be seen in Zayed's Housing Project which provided comfortable living to all citizens.

The Federation has accomplished countless feats at the regional and international levels, providing the UAE with practical tools to inculcate the principles of cooperation and fraternity among Arab and Islamic nations by supporting their causes and through continual efforts to establish peace , security and stability in the entire world". "From this day onwards , the UAE shall move ahead with confidence towards a brighter and more prosperous future under the guidance of its leaders and determination of its citizens". (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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