Zayed Humanitarian Day celebrates the values set by an inspirational leader that have become the living, breathing fabric of a nation.
Officials across the country paid tribute to the Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed, for his compassion, humanitarian efforts and keenness on charity work, as the UAE marks Zayed Humanitarian Day, which falls on the 19th day of Ramadan every year.
Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of the late Sheikh Zayed and Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, said her husband was an exceptional Arab leader who realised the UAE’s aspirations and led its progress in all fields.
Sheikh Zayed also understood the key role of women in the country’s development, Sheikha Fatima said. “The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan recognised that women make up one half of society and any nation cannot function if the potential of that half is ignored,” she said.
“His vision has been realised and women are now ministers, [Federal National Council] members, officers and pilots.”
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, said that humanitarian work had become a way of life in the UAE, with the people following the example of Sheikh Zayed.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, said the UAE’s foundations for humanitarian work were laid by the Founding Father and were continuously reinforced under the leadership of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
Sheikh Zayed had countless virtues in the field of humanitarian work and devoted much of his time to understanding the needs of the underprivileged, said Sheikh Hamdan.
“Today celebrates the principles by which he lived and was an embodiment of the values to which he dedicated himself – to help those in need, rescue the stricken and provide release to the afflicted,” he said.
Sheikh Zayed is an immortal symbol in the memory of generations, said Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed, the President’s Representative.
“The UAE and the world still remembers his achievements as he developed the capabilities of the Emiratis, built the country and added to every corner of the UAE,” he said. “The late Father Sheikh Zayed, the man of charity, achievements, good reputation and the pioneer of the development process regionally, is unforgettable.
“The late Sheikh Zayed is still alive, not only in the hearts and minds of the people of the UAE and the Arab and Islamic nations, but also across the world due to his great achievements.”
Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said Zayed Humanitarian Day was a chance to reflect on the values and morals, which were instilled by Sheikh Zayed.
Zayed Humanitarian Day epitomised the values of giving and love instilled by the Founding Father, said Mattar Al Tayer, director general of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, which marked the occasion by distributing gifts to the elderly and vouchers to 300 underprivileged families.
“Thanks to the assistance it delivers to various countries globally, the UAE has shot to the forefront as a leader of humanitarian activities at regional and international levels,” he said.
“Charitable activities have become a methodology and identity characterising our country under [the country’s] leadership.”
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Source: uae news