UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended on Wednesday a ceremony at Zayed II Military College in Al Ain to mark the graduation of its 35th class of officer cadets today.
The graduation ceremony was also attended by Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a number of Sheikhs, dignitaries, top officials, senior officers and military attaches of sisterly and friendly countries.
On arrival Sheikh Mohammed, accompanied by the Commander of Zayed II Military College, Brigadier General Salem Ali bin Salem Al Ghafli, performed an inspection of the graduating cadets as they paraded in front of the main stage.
The Brigadier General then delivered a speech in which he described the history of the college, founded in 1972 under the guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who also lent his name to the training academy.
After expressing his loyalty to President and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Al Ghafli conveyed his deep gratitude for Sheikh Mohammed, Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in recognition of their continuous support and backing for educational and training programmers at the college.
Following the speech, Sheikh Mohammed distributed merit awards to eight distinguished graduates, congratulating them on their success and their pursuit of excellence in serving the armed forces. He expressed satisfaction with the graduates' high level of skill and discipline.
Sheikh Mohammed then led the graduates in taking an oath of allegiance to the country, its leadership and its constitution, by pledging to work hard to safeguard the homeland, its boarders and its achievements. He also watched the passing of the flag from the 35th batch to the 36th batch.
After the ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed received senior officers from the UAE Armed Forces and other quests at the ceremony, exchanging congratulations with them on the occasion.
Source: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Website