SHARJAH, 29th May, 2018 (WAM) — Even though Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has departed, his legacy lives on in the successful model of tolerance, progress and humanity that is the UAE today, as it continues to be guided by his vision and noble principles, asserted eminent community leaders who have had a ringside view of history.
They were speaking at the fourth Sharjah Ramadan Majlis session on 27th May, titled “Looking into the Future with Zayed’s Vision,” hosted by the Sharjah Press Club of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau in partnership with the Sharjah Media Corporation.
The Ramadan Majlis session, dedicated to the late UAE founding father, whose centenary is being celebrated as the Year of Zayed, opened with a video message by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who said, “We should sit with our families and children and write what Sheikh Zayed loved and what he did not love and preserve it all in our hearts for future generations.”
Ahmed Al Jarwan, President of the World Council for Tolerance and Peace, said, “Zayed lives in our hearts. The achievements that we see today are the result of his tireless efforts and emanated from his vision. If the UAE is today known as the nation that welcomes everyone with open arms and respects, everyone, the credit goes to Zayed.”
Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, who worked as an adviser and aide to the late UAE founder, said whether it was the issue of Palestine, the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq or international sanctions against Iraq, the UAE was the first to rise to the occasion and support fellow Arabs and Muslims in their time of distress.
Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al-Qudsi, UAE media veteran, recalled how long before the UAE came into being on 2nd December 1971, Sheikh Zayed went about preparing the ground for such a union by reaching out to the other emirates. It was a time of uncertainty, and with few resources, it was a herculean task to achieve what Zayed did, bringing together the seven emirates.
The Sharjah Ramadan Majlis at Al Majaz Amphitheatre was attended by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, Hasan Yaqub Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of the Sharjah Media Council, and a number of dignitaries, senior officials and intellectuals.