UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended a ceremony to mark to the country's 39th National Day celebrations at Zayed University this morning.
Following a rendition of the national anthem, Sheikh Mohammed viewed a documentary film about the UAE federation and the march of the founding leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Mohammed later listened to the words of writer Abdul Ghaffar Hussein in an appropriately titled piece called, 'Zayed’s personal reservoirs in leadership'. The prominent writer's address featured personal insights into the pivotal role that Sheikh Zayed played in shaping the UAE's history and the beginnings of the federation. The founding father's strong leadership, wisdom and great love for his people and homeland shone right through Hussein's delivery. The audience also heard about Sheikh Zayed's deep respect and kindness towards others.
After the speech, Sheikh Mohammed inaugurated an exhibition organized by female students featuring photographs and drawings of Sheikh Zayed and works detailing the development and modernization of the UAE. On listening to a poem in his honor delivered by one of the students, Sheikh Mohammed praised the country's sons and daughters, describing them as the leaders of the future. During his tour of the exhibition, he also commended the efforts of Zayed University and the Higher Colleges of Technology, who, with the follow up of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, organized the National Day events and activities with sincere care and attention.
Also present at the event were Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Mohammed Nassir Al Owais, Juma Al Majid, Director of Zayed University Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, Director UAE Colleges of Technology Dr. Tayeb Kamali, senior officials, education leaders and a large number of students from Zayed University, the Higher Colleges of Technology and other schools.
Source: Sheikh Mohammed Website