Mon 07-08-2017 14:54 PM
ABU DHABI, 7th August, 2017 (WAM) -- Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, has congratulated the leadership, government, and people of the UAE following the announcement of 2018 as the 'Year of Zayed'. The year will mark 100 years since the birth of the UAE's founding father and builder of its modern renaissance, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
In a statement, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi emphasised that the Year of Zayed is an embodiment of a unified nation, which will bring with it many initiatives and achievements that will lead to progress, prosperity, and comfort in light of the wise directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The minister said that it was the values of allegiance and belonging that distinguishes loyal Emirati citizens, adding that Sheikh Zayed's legacy has been entrenched in the spirits of all citizens, and is a well-lit path that all people of the Emirates follow.
The values, principles, and traditions of the UAE had their foundations set by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, and embodied by Emirati citizens making them an example to be followed in various fields and sectors, she continued.
Sheikha Lubna also emphasised the national responsibility that must be borne by every Emirati citizen to convey the significant role that the late Sheikh Zayed has played in founding the nation so that it may become a nation of good, generosity, tolerance, and brotherhood.
"It is imperative that we, as Emiratis, continue on the path of progress and prosperity, inspired by the ideas of Sheikh Zayed when launching our local and international initiatives and projects. Sheikh Zayed was a pioneer of developing humankind and humanity, and in providing all that humanity is capable of giving locally, regionally, and internationally," the Minister of State for Tolerance concluded.