AL AIN // The Founding Father’s humanitarian and development work was celebrated on Zayed Humanitarian Day by volunteers and human rights groups at his birthplace in Al Ain.
Sheikh Zayed’s companions and friends, Sheikh Salim Al Amri and Jadea Al Ahbabi, spoke of his compassion that extended to people all over the world.
Mr Al Ahbabi, a companion of Sheikh Zayed through most of his life, told of how the country was transformed because of the leader’s vision.
“He was always looking for experts to build and transform the country, to enrich the lives of his people,” said Mr Al Ahbabi during a lecture called In The Footsteps of Zayed. It was organised by the Emirates Human Rights Association and attended by volunteer groups from across the country on Thursday evening.
“Not only did he build his country but he went on to help neighbouring countries and those who suffered around the world,” he said.
“He was generous with his people and his country. The foundation and seeds Sheikh Zayed planted have blossomed and reached far and wide. His achievements are uncountable.”
Sheikh Salim, a former member of the Federal National Council, asked the audience to pray for the late President during the holy days of Ramadan.
Each year, the 19th day of Ramadan is commemorated as Zayed Humanitarian Day.
Sultan Al Bakeri, an adviser at the Yemeni embassy in the UAE, spoke about Sheikh Zayed’s aid initiatives to his country, including the construction of hospitals and dams.
“He has affected the lives of the Yemenis through projects that enhanced lives,” he said.
“He built Sanaa radio, financed several projects to ease the effects of flooding in the country, and the Sheikh Zayed Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Yemen that has become one of the most important and vital health centres in the country.”
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development also funded the rebuilding of the Marib dam that was reopened in 1986.
“His humanity has surpassed achievements, borders, everything. There is nobody like him,” said Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, the event’s chair.
Mohammed Al Kaabi, chairman of the Emirates Human Rights Association, also praised the effects of Sheikh Zayed’s humanitarian work that has been felt worldwide.
Organisers hoped the event would serve as a reminder to follow Sheikh Zayed’s example to reach out to the poor and needy all over the world.
Source: uae news