His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has declared 2018 the "Year of Zayed" in the United Arab Emirates, as it marks 100 years since the birth of Shaikh Zayed — the founding father who united the emirates and took his nation to new heights of progress and prosperity through his great achievements locally and internationally.
The goal of making 2018 Year of Zayed is to involve all members of society of all ages, groups, nationalities and religions in achieving the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed locally, regionally and globally.
The year 2018 will witness a number of events and strategic initiatives within the UAE and at the international level, to celebrate the late founder's vision and successesthroughout his life.
The Year of Zayed will be a year in which everyone in this country will feel the great achievements of Sheikh Zayed, so that his sons will live with his heritage deeply engraved in their hearts.
The objectives of the Year of Zayed Initiative
- Highlight the role of the late leader in establishing the UAE Federation, and his local, regional and international achievements. Furthermore, and reflect the unique standing that the late leader holds with every Emirati as the founding leader of the Union.
- Perpetuate the personality, principles and values of Sheikh Zayed as an example of one of the world's greatest leaders, with inspirational wisdom, vision and patience.
- Strengthen Sheikh Zayed's stature as a symbol of patriotism and love for the nation.
- Commemorate the legacy of Sheikh Zayed through future projects and initiatives in light of his vision and values.
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