x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UAQ ruler cites UAE achievements

The UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, says the UAE's remarkable achievements have secured the country an exalted position.

The UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, said that the UAE's remarkable achievements have secured the country an exalted position among world countries. Sheikh Saud said that His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi's leadership, had instilled peace in the hearts of the people of the emirates, and given them the confidence to continue along the path set out by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding President of the UAE. The following is the full transcript of the message as delivered to the Dira Al Watan magazine. It has been five years since Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of our young nation, our union and our pioneering renaissance, departed. Although he is not physically present today, his sacred soul is and will remain among us, making us feel that he is among us always whenever we see the achievements of our nation. The leadership of our march was then entrusted to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The blessed leader instilled peace and confidence in the hearts of people to continue the march. He eliminated the distress that was caused by the departure of the founding leader. Thus, the first years after his accession elapsed without slowing down our march or obstructing the radiance of the torch. Everyone became confident of the continuity of the march towards its goal. History will record that the President's first term after the accession of His Highness, is distinguished with new achievements. Among these achievements is the enhancement of the role of the Federal National Council through the election of half of its members. Among these achievements is also the equality of men and women's political rights - the rights of nomination and election. He took command of the ship of our union with efficiency, overcoming obstacles and continuing the achievements and fulfilling our aspirations in all areas. His leadership was also distinguished by the initiative to face the global financial crisis as he took the preventive measures to combat it and then made national initiatives to ward off its effects. His term also, is characterised by the heralding of the era of peaceful use of nuclear energy, as he set up the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation, an authority that will monitor the atomic sector in UAE and ensure that it is used for civilian purposes as well as to guarantee safety and security. The country also made the first steps towards the establishment of the first nuclear plant for energy production. It is expected that its construction will be completed within a few years. Fulfilling the ambitions of the present generation, the country also turned towards renewable energy, which will produce all types of sustainable energy including solar energy and the like. This is in anticipation of the future dependence on these energy sources to avoid global warming and its effects on our planet and mankind. The country also made achievements in the utilities areas, developing an IT sector to encompass several fields, and the establishment of national identity. These are just a few, among the large number of achievements, during the first tenure of HH the President. Special mention must be given to the support shown to humanitarian works. This has earned our country a distinguished position among Arab, Islamic, Asian and African countries as well as other countries around the world. Therefore it is not surprising that he has won the confidence and trust of the Supreme Council, which elected him as president to continue to lead the march in the second term. I pray to God Almighty to help and protect our beloved country and grant health and wellness to Their Highnesses the president, vice president and supreme council members and rulers of emirates and to help them to continue their efforts for the success and development of our country. *WAM