2018 will mark 100 years since the birth of the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan. The year will not only be about remembering all that Sheikh Zayed did to form the UAE of today, but it will also, like with the Year of Giving, be about instilling his values across the community.
Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that 2018 being the Year of Zayed will mean it’s all about “tolerance”.
“The UAE’s image is founded on a core belief system of tolerance and coexistence,” he explained. “Nations across the world call to uphold and strengthen this belief in light of the growing fanaticism and hatred that threatens international peace and security.”
“The late Shaikh Zayed established a global school of tolerance and coexistence because he knew that from the Union’s beginnings, the UAE’s uniqueness lay in its ability to welcome different races, religions, and cultures without abandoning its social and cultural identity.The principles in which the late ruler believed, and strived for, were aimed at creating a world of coexistence and peace,” he added.
The UAE’s President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said that the union Sheikh Zayed created between the seven emirates “was based on unity and solidarity to build a progressive society that benefits everyone, and in which people live in security and stability”.