Our new President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is successfully carrying forward the legacy of his father, the late Sheikh Zayed, and his brother, the late President Sheikh Khalifa
- Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman, Rotana
When His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan officially assumed the role of the President of the UAE in May 2022, the challenge he took on was a mighty one. While filling the shoes of his brother, the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was no easy feat, it also meant building on the legacy left behind by his father, who was the nation's Founding Father – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. During the 51st year of the unification of the seven emirates, his Presidency ushers in a new era in the country's leadership. And in the short months that have passed since, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has already passionately demonstrated his wisdom, progressive direction and leadership.
A few weeks into his new role, the President addressed the nation for the first time, communicating his bold vision for the future of the country and expressing his confidence in steering this great nation forward on the path to glory. His Highness said: "Our history, identity and cultural heritage will form an essential part of our plans for the future."
His ideals align perfectly with the course charted during the country's 50th National Day celebrations to take the UAE to even greater heights and build a prosperous future that will see the nation become the best country in the world by 2071, the centennial year. And his words highlighted that the strong foundation built over the last 50 years will reshape the next 50.
Deeply rooted values
As the primary protector of the nation and its union, His Highness is keen on developing and strengthening the country to help its people realise their collective potential, while fiercely promoting the virtues of loyalty, belonging and inclusivity. It's all an effort to ensure that every single being who calls the UAE home benefits from these strategies and lives a fulfilling life.
Peace remains at the forefront as he explained that the nation's policy will continue to support peace and stability in the region and the world and called for wisdom and cooperation for the good and progress of humanity. Highlighting his commitment to peace, building partnerships and encouraging dialogue conducive to human convergence, he said: "We will work to strengthen our position among the world’s leading countries in the provision of development aid, humanitarian assistance and charitable contributions, and continue to extend a helping hand to communities around the world, regardless of religion, race or colour.”
By word and deed, the UAE has already established itself as a multifaceted global destination, where more than 200 nationalities coexist in harmony. With the Sheikh's message, it is clear that the country will continue this proud legacy and work harder towards building an environment that thrives on inclusivity.
At the heart of his vision lies the powerful connection between the UAE and its people. As highlighted in his address, the President believes that the UAE is fortunate to have citizens and residents who have proven their determination to overcome the toughest of challenges. From the brave men who spent their lives at sea during the nation's pearl diving days to the women who sent the Hope probe to Mars and the million others who consider the UAE their second home, His Highness thanked them for their great contributions. And in recognition of their role, he stated that people empowerment will remain the nation's top priority.
Reiterating his commitment to this mission, he said: "The people of the UAE, and striving to empower them, has always been and continues to be our nation’s top priority. Ensuring our people have everything they need to live fulfilled, comfortable and happy lives remains the basis of all our future plans."
By laying out a road map for the future, His Highness has called upon each one of us to contribute to our rapidly changing world. Truly, we are on an incredible journey together, with our capable leader at the helm and the future ahead of us is nothing but bright. With his backing and support, we are urged to march forth confidently in the direction of our dreams. So let us all resolve to move forward with passion and commitment; to work together so that even the most daunting challenges are achieved and finally to ensure that everything we undertake, we fulfil with excellence and for the collective good.