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Selected sayings by Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Zayed

* Thanks to our ancestors who challenged the adversities of time and the misfortunes of life. Due to their fortitude, our generation is living in prosperity and grace.

* The UAE Federation was a realistic personification of the hopes and aspirations of the Emirati people.  The federation was the dream of a nation who struggled to build a free society and a glorious future under the banners of justice.  The UAE Federation will play a pioneering role toward the unification of all Arab peoples.  It will serve as a nucleus for a comprehensive Arab unity.

* Our life at present on the blessed soil of our country is a triumph over the pains of the past and the harshness of its conditions.

* We strongly believe in freedom, therefore, a free atmosphere will inevitably enrich our ideas and lead to the interaction of opinions to achieve our aspirations.  Nevertheless, the UAE people, both rulers and people believe that our priority is the reinforcement of the Federation experience strengthening its bonds, deepening its significance and providing it with momentum to achieve the interests not only of our generation but of all future generations.

* Since God, bestows His graces on us providing us with wealth, it is our role to use this wealth for the benefit and prosperity of our people as an expression of gratitude to our Lord.  

* The new generation should be aware of the suffering of his ancestors.  This awareness will provide them with drive, firmness and solidity in order to complete the epic of construction and development initiated by our fathers and ancestors. This odyssey of accomplishments and contributions is an embodiment of our national ambitions after decades of disarray, backwardness and deprivation.

* The previous years were a testimony of the importance of the UAE Federation as a gateway toward a better life for our citizens and a means of achieving stability, advancement and prosperity in our country and realizing the dreams and aspirations of our people.

* The desert environment has taught us to be patient until the land blossoms bestowing its bounties on us.  Thus, we have to be fortitudinous, supporting our odyssey of development and progression to achieve the aspirations of our people.

* Our major aims focus on raising the standard of living of our citizens and the development of our country.  One’s homeland is like a tree which constantly requires the care and attention of its citizens. Every UAE citizen is committed to serve his nation and work toward its prosperity and welfare.

* The education of our people is a great wealth. We are proud of our educated nation because through knowledge and science we will open the horizons of a glorious future.

* The process of construction and development requires the efforts not only of the government but also of all the citizens of the UAE.

* We should preserve our traditions and national heritage.  We should stick to our roots and our Arabic and Islamic traditions.