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UAE leaders credit Zayed astute stewardship

posted on 06/08/2003: 2773 views

UAE leaders yesterday heaped praise upon President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his astute stewardship which has dramatically transformed the once barren country into socio-economic, political and peace oasis, taking a prominent place among the international family.

Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates said the development drive led by Sheikh Zayed over the past three decades had resulted in a staggering progress and prosperity. In statements to Dira' Al Watan magazine on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed's accession as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the leaders acknowledged Sheikh Zayed's tireless efforts to establish modern UAE.

They added that enviable progress in political, health, educational, social, economic, cultural, sports and services domains had been made. In Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, lauded Sheikh Zayed as maker of UAE modern history and progress. 'The dramatic development that took place in a record time has made the country a model to be followed in terms of sound planning and implementation of the present and future requirements, Sheikh Maktoum said, noting that development model had earned the UAE a reputable place among the ranks of the world's most prosperous nations. He said that: 'The complete security, stability and prosperity we enjoy today is attributed to Sheikh Zayed's prudent leadership.

Sheikh Maktoum said Sheikh Zayed'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. 'His continuous initiatives to achieve Arab unity as well as peace and harmony among Arab and Muslim countries are examples of his deep commitment. In the humanitarian level, he added, Sheikh Zayed had spared no effort to extend his hand to all those in need.

Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Sharjah remarked that Sheikh Zayed's sagacity, dedication and loyalty had helped considerably to establish the pillars of the UAE state. 'Future of nations is not made by words and wishes, but by smart minds and strong hands that work hard, overcome difficulties and shun personal interests to make a name among nations,' Sheikh Sultan told the magazine. He added that Sheikh Zayed's exceptional national character had drawn people to rally UAE people around him under the umbrella of love, peace and integrity.

Speaking about current Arab challenges, Sheikh Sultan affirmed that unity and solidarity among Arab nations are the best means to stand up to all threats and changes.

Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah said the march of progress, under Sheikh Zayed's banner, had started with the development of the UAE citizen and extended to all walks of life. 'The accession of Sheikh Zayed is historic occasion and witness of the great leap made in the comprehensive progress in the UAE since 6 August 1966,' Sheikh Saqr said, adding that the UAE had become an oasis of peace, stability and a source of pride thanks to the high spirit of cooperation shown by Sheikh Zayed and his brothers Rulers of the Emirates.

'The political, socio-economic and security stability will help our country to make more progress and support just Arab and Muslim causes,' he stressed. He added that Sheikh Zayed used national resources to achieve development in the country and bring about prosperity to his people. On the foreign plane, Sheikh Zayed's sound policy and human principles won him admiration of the Arab and Islamic world and the international community. He cited Abu Dhabi's leading role in the formation of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council.

Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Fujairah acknowledged that Sheikh Zayed's far-sightedness had been behind the creation of the UAE Federation and the remarkable development in the country. 'We today reap the fruits of Sheikh Zayed's achievement from the building of the UAE human being to the urban development,' he said. He noted that Sheikh Zayed's interest went beyond the UAE borders to the brotherly Arab and Muslim world, calling frequently for Arab-Muslim solidarity.' He translates his concern with Arab and Muslim causes into tangible actions with his full support for the Palestinian and Iraqi peoples,' he emphasised.

In Umm al-Qaiwain, Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mua'lla hailed Sheikh Zayed as founder of the modern UAE, environmentalist and human being. He said that Sheikh Zayed had devoted his life to establish the UAE Federation. ' Sheikh Zayed has made modern development and progress and at the same time preserved spiritual values and traditions,' he said, indicating that Sheikh Zayed had shown firm commitment to conservation of the environment and wildlife before international conventions on this field were drafted. He said that President's humanitarian touch was felt in regions where disasters hit their populations.

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman said the UAE had built a broad productive infrastructure based on diversification of sources of national income to avoid falling prey to fluctuations of global oil markets. The 6 of August, he noted, was a milestone in UAE history and an opening of a promising future for the UAE people. 'Many achievements have been made over 37 years of Sheikh Zayed's leadership, but the building of an educated citizen who loves his homeland has been impressive,' Sheikh Humaid said. He affirmed that Sheikh Zayed had taken off towards modernisation without losing sight of his country's originality. On the relief front, the UAE today is one of the world's major donors of development aid and relief.

Deputy Rulers and Crown Princes commended credited Sheikh Zayed for his tireless effort to achieve progress and prosperity and his commitment to Arab and Muslim causes. They said the 6 of August was a departure for a fresh historic era not only for Abu Dhabi but also for the other emirates at that time. Sheikh Zayed, they added, had used oil wealth to make a modern socio-economic development in his country and support Arab and Muslim causes.

They said the UAE people are today reaping the fruits of long years of hard work, devotion and sacrifice made by their leader. The UAE today, they underlined, had become one of the world's fast growing nation thanks to dramatic transformations made by Sheikh Zayed's sound policies. They said the political and security stability, modern infrastructure and favourable investment climate had attracted huge investment to the country, making it a leading financial and trade hub in the Middle East.

In a statement on the occasion, Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces said that Sheikh Zayed had a long cherished dream, dating back to the time of his accession to the throne in Abu Dhabi emirate. This dream, he continued, was the creation of modern state that would be prosperous and capable of offering a true civilisation to its citizens. Sheikh Zayed also new from the very beginning that this modern state would not be viable without its educated sons taking a proactive role in its development and sustainability.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed gratitude to God, saying that the achievements that the UAE had made would not have been possible if God had not blessed the country with a patriotic leader who put the well-being of his country well above everything else. Sheikh Mohammed also noted that Sheikh Zayed was conscious from the outset that the achievements that had been needed to be safeguarded and therefore he focused on building a strong army on modern foundations. +Today, our army is not only capable of defending our achievements but also ready to undertake global responsibilities.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), also underlined in a statement on the occasion that environmental protection had been a top priority in the development policies pursued by Sheikh Zayed. +These policies are based on the proper balance between the country's development needs and protection of environment.+ noted Sheikh Hamdan.

He said that Sheikh Zayed's concept of conserving the environment was derived from Islamic values, some of which later became universal principles for environmental protection. There is no wonder therefore that Sheikh Zayed earned an international standing as a top environmentalist, receiving international awards in this regard for sound policies at home and generous assistance to the needy abroad, remarked Sheikh Hamdan. He said that ERWDA came into being in 1996 as a specialised body that would translate Sheikh Zayed's vision of wildlife and environmental protection into reality on the ground.

Since its establishment, he said, ERWDA endeavoured to fulfil this mission and has gone a long way in achieving many of its objectives. Today, the achievements of ERWDA are not just conspicuous inside the UAE, but also felt by the global community at large, as is evident in the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Declaration by the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which was held in South Africa last year. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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