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History will never forget Sheikh Zayed for his feats

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) on Saturday commemorated the sixth death anniversary of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former president and founder of the UAE. The function at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Dr Hamdan Al Mazrouie, Chairman of the GAIAE; Dr Mohammed Mattar Al Kaabi, Director General of GAIAE; and a group of eminent scholars and diplomats.

Dr Hamdan billed the ceremony as a night of loyalty and renewal of allegiance to our leader and the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; Rulers and Crown Princes of emirates and other leaders who are best successors to best predecessors.

The remarkable achievements made by Sheikh Zayed are still alive, thanks to the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Rulers of the emirates, and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, he said.

The civilisation we see today in the UAE was the brainchild of Sheikh Zayeds genius and planning. The peace, security, stability, health and prosperity we enjoy today are the fruits of his efforts. Sheikh Zayeds far-sighted policies have earned the UAE a prominent status in the community of nations. Sheikh Zayed turned the deserts into lavish green garden, Dr Hamdan added.

Sheikh Zayed built schools, universities, health centres and hospitals as well as cities and towns and provided them with services. What happened in the age of the founding father is nothing more than a miracle of the modern civilisation, he said. The bounty of Sheikh Zayed was not confined to just his own people, but went beyond the UAE borders to the poor and underprivileged across the world without distinctions of race, colour or faith.

Sheikh Zayed sponsored orphans, offered shelters to the homeless, food to the hungry and clothes to the needy, and supported widows and the deprived, he added. Dr Farouq Hamad, Religious Advisor at the Abu Dhabi Crown Princes Court, praised Sheikh Zayed as one of the greatest statesmen in the modern times, who led his country with his prudence and noble values and morals. He established Abu Dhabi as one of the top metropolitans in the world. He built a harmonious society of noble values and his spectacular deeds will be recorded in the annals of history and will never be forgotten, he said.
Khaleej Times