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Zayed sets example for genius leader: UAE press

posted on 07/08/2002: 2053 views

The 36th anniversary of the occasion of the President, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as Ruler of Abu Dhabi is a fitting occasion to reflect on the significance of Sheikh Zayed's leadership in the transformation of small scattered desert oases into a single, dynamic modern state, the UAE press commented today. ' We are very proud that God has bestowed us with a genius leader who devoted his time and energy to provide his people with security, peace, stability and decency,' wrote the Abu Dhabi-based 'Al Ittihad' in its editorial yesterday.

The paper said that the UAE had set an excellent example for state that had made record progress and prosperity in a short span of time. ' Under Sheikh Zayed, the UAE has earned a reputed standing among the world nations and at international forums,' the paper said. 'While we observe today this glorious day, the world around us is undergoing stormy turmoils and seeking ardently for peace. Thanks for God; we are moving ahead with confident step toward a more bright future under Sheikh Zayed's command.

Another Arabic daily said that Sheikh Zayed had prepared the UAE to deal with challenges of the new millennium with concrete confidence and determination. ' We should protect the remarkable achievements made by Sheikh Zayed and take them as springboard for future that based on the promising present, 'Al Khaleej” reported. The paper added that Sheikh Zayed's eyes looked beyond the UAE borders to defend Arab-Muslim causes. ' While we celebrate the accession day, we should continue to review development plans with the view of making harmony and balance between demand and resources,' the paper said.

Commenting on the occasion, the 'Khaleej Times' said the event of August 6, 1966, marked the advent of an era of consolidation and development with few parallels outside the Gulf region during the same period. ' For the last 36 years Sheikh Zayed has been the moving force behind many remarkable achievements that have not only placed the emirate of Abu Dhabi in a distinctive position but also ensured that the federation experiment turned out to be a resounding success,' the paper said. 'Through his wisdom and foresight, Sheikh Zayed realised from the outset that in order for the soil of this country to bear fruit, its natural and human resources have to be developed.

To this end, Sheikh Zayed paid special attention to raising well-educated generations of UAE nationals. The development process initiated by Sheikh Zayed, the paper noted, had improved the standards of living across the country, opened up avenues of a bright future for its citizens and put UAE nationals on par with people in developed countries. 'Development in economy, health, education, defence and other fields are all glorious testimonies to President Zayed's visionary thinking,' the paper said, adding that the UAE had pumped more than 50 billion dollars into economic development since it was established in December 1971. 'Such massive investments have catapulted the country from a small economy with a GDP of less than 10 billion dollars in 1971 into the fourth biggest economy in the Arab World, with a GDP of around 67 billion dollars last year.

'What has distinguished Sheikh Zayed's ruler are not only his tremendous achievements in the UAE, but also his stances towards Arab and Islamic causes: his courageous call for lifting the sanctions imposed on Iraq, his unstinted support for the Palestinian cause, his generous aid during the Bosnia and Kosovo crises and his commitment to the reconstruction of the Palestinian Jenin refugee camp and assistance to Afghan refugees. 'The 36th accession day of Sheikh Zayed is therefore an occasion which will be celebrated not only by the people of the UAE, but by all nations who appreciate the value of great leaders who devoted themselves to helping their own people as well as the people of the world at large.

Taking another important feature of Sheikh Zayed's statesmanship, the "Gulf New”' commented on Zayed's contribution to conservation of the environment. It said: 'On the propitious occasion of the 36th anniversary of the Accession of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, it is timely to remind ourselves of the contribution he has made in developing the environment. 'While the list of his achievements in all fields is considerable, there are some areas which have been shown to be particularly dear to Sheikh Zayed.

Among these is the "greening" of the desert, a project he has taken particular interest in since an early age. This can be seen by the wonderful gardens and parks in and around Al Ain, the place where Sheikh Zayed grew up. 'But it is not only Al Ain that has benefited from his munificence in ensuring the nation becomes a land of plenty. New farms, producing a multitude of crops and a variety of livestock, have sprung up over the years, making the country nearly self-reliant on its own produce. In many areas of farming, the produce is even exported to neighbouring countries, in the case of flowers and some soft-fruits, these are even exported to Europe - entirely unheard of over 30 years ago! 'Sheikh Zayed has won many international environment awards for his achievements in enhancing the countryside and also for the preservation of species.

Wildlife sanctuaries and research stations into the conservation of species have been established and, under the sponsorship of Sheikh Zayed, flourish to make a significant contribution to the knowledge of mankind. 'The Zayed Centre for Co-ordination and Follow-up has released a paper demonstrating the love Sheikh Zayed has of the environment. In illustration of this, he is quoted as stressing "the strong relationship between mankind and Earth within the framework of mercy and fairness in dealing with the resources of nature." 'On this auspicious day, it is well to take such comments to heart. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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