By Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of the Emirates News Agency (WAM) ABU DHABI, 14 May 2022 (WAM) – On 14 May 2022, the United Arab Emirates pledged allegiance to the new President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as the leader of the nation’s march, with a deep belief in his ability to continue to advance with the famous momentum of glory, development and nation building.
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is a high-level leader who has made a difference at the local level and has achieved remarkable milestones in promoting peace and security at the regional and global levels, while spreading tolerance and peaceful coexistence between religions and societies and by being an example to follow in humanitarian work.
Born on March 11, 1961, Sheikh Mohamed is the third son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, from whom he learned the art of governing and directing.
He was educated at schools in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi until he was 18 years old. In 1979, he joined the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he trained in armor, helicopter pilot, tactical flight, and parachuting.
After graduating in April 1979, he returned to the UAE to attend officer training in Sharjah, another UAE emirate. He has held several positions in the UAE Army, including an officer in the Amiri Guard (UAE Elite Security Force) and a pilot in the UAE Air Force.
Guided by the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness helped Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed develop the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates in terms of strategic planning, training, organizational structure and promotion. defense capabilities. Sheikh Mohamed’s direct guidance and leadership has enabled the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates to become a leading institution, widely admired by many international military organizations.
Among her many interests, Her Highness is known for her unwavering commitment to improving educational standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to bring them up to the level of the best international standards. Since taking office as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, Sheikh Mohamed has worked tirelessly to forge partnerships with prestigious world-class educational institutions and think tanks, a number of which have announced their intention to move into existing academic institutions or enter into strategic joint ventures with them.
His Highness has long been known to be the driving force behind many initiatives that have helped sustain and motivate the economic growth and diversity of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the construction boom the emirate has achieved in housing for citizens and health and recreation. facilities and other areas.
At the federal level, Hans Højhed’s insightful vision and wise leadership have contributed to the revival of the modern UAE and the consolidation of its position as an ideal global destination at various levels. The framework for security, stability, prosperity, sustainable development and social well-being, established by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is one of the most significant achievements that reflects his quest to ensure the UAE’s welfare and economic well-being. citizens.
Sheikh Mohamed is convinced that investing in education is the most valuable investment to secure a nation’s future. Therefore, it has always been determined to equip national educational institutions with the latest cutting-edge technologies and the necessary know-how to keep up with the rapid and multifaceted changes that are taking place in the world on all fronts.
Hans Højhed’s keynote address at the World Government Summit in 2015 still resonates and constitutes a historic milestone in the UAE, where he provided an insightful vision for building a knowledge- and innovation-driven economy. His words opened the doors to confidence about the country’s future and turned the fear of running out of oil and gas after 50 years into a broader optimism about the future.
Despite his heavy political, legislative and economic responsibilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE in general, protection of the environment has received much attention from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Environmental Agency – Abu Dhabi, and has led significant conservation efforts to protect hawks and houbara snakes in the UAE and internationally.
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan provided guidelines for establishing programs to protect the Arab oryx, such as breeding and protection of wildlife from extinction, while reintroducing them to their natural habitat. Subsequently, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched a similar program in 2007, which is part of the Abu Dhabi government’s vision to create a regional flock that reflects all Arab oryx resettlement programs in their countries of origin.
In January 2008, His Highness announced that the Government of Abu Dhabi would contribute $ 15 billion to Masdar, the world-leading initiative for alternative and renewable energy based in Abu Dhabi, to develop the world’s first carbon-neutral and waste-free city in the world. .
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed always seeks to revive the noble human values of religion and strengthen the spirit of brotherhood among men. Through his insightful vision and determination, he succeeded in building bridges of communication and peace with all world leaders and peoples, promoting a culture of tolerance to end many global crises, while protecting the nation and region from the threats of publishers. claim to be Islamists. and promote extremism and terrorism around the world.
Following the United Arab Emirates’ designation of the year 2019 as the “Year of Tolerance”, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed received His Holiness Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church, and His Eminence Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, and the global meeting in the capital Abu Dhabi resulted in the signing of the document on human brotherhood, which will serve as a guide to foster a culture of mutual respect and dialogue for peaceful coexistence and brotherhood between people.
Just as His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan spared no effort to spread tolerance values, he dedicated himself to serving humanity as a whole, providing assistance to fraternal and friendly countries, concluding agreements bearing the meaning of peace, coexistence and cooperation . He also led the nation’s humanitarian arm, the Emirates Red Crescent, as well as other charities, to lend a helping hand to people affected by wars or the effects of disasters and crises.
The great role that His Highness Sheikh Mohamed has played in strengthening the response of the United Arab Emirates and the world to the COVID-19 pandemic is undeniable and praised worldwide. His efforts have helped make the UAE one of the first countries to successfully overcome the pandemic and ensure the transition to recovery and normalcy. At the same time, His Highness sent various forms of materiel and in-kind assistance to brother and brother countries during the pandemic.
In the same context, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan highlights the initiative to eradicate polio in several countries UAE’s campaign to fight the disease. Since 2011, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has donated $ 247.8 million (AED 911.4 million) to humanitarian and charitable efforts to provide vaccines and fund polio eradication campaigns, including in the countries targeted by the initiative. He launched the “Reaching the Last Mile” fund to raise $ 100 million with the goal of eradicating, eliminating and controlling preventable diseases that degrade human health and economic prospects, the poorest in the world. He has pledged $ 20 million to the fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $ 20 million.
The goal of this 10-year fund is to support the eradication of two disabling and preventable overlooked diseases: river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s march was marked by historical attitudes taken with the aim of strengthening cooperation and solidarity with and supporting fraternal Arab countries. His Highness has never hesitated to support regional stability and face all the challenges and threats affecting security in the region, including terrorism and extremism in the first place. Internationally, His Highness has always taken the lead in trying to end global conflicts, mediate strife and abolish strife and achieve reconciliation, in the pursuit of world peace and with the aim of ending bloodshed, protecting people and preserving their dignity.
Translated by: Gihane Fawzi.