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United Arab Emirates
Founded in August 1971

2017-01-03

We Will Be up to Expectations in the ‹Year of Giving›

By:Staff Lieutenant Colonel  Yousef Juma Al Haddad
Editor in Chief
 
Giving is not surprising or unusual for the UAE; it is a genuine tradition and a deep historic legacy that was established and rooted since the inception of the UAE by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul. 
 
Several days ago, the President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2017 as the ‹‹Year of Giving››, thereby underscoring the approach of humanitarian giving adopted by the UAE since its formation, a method based on helping others without expecting anything in return. HH the President has highlighted that «The UAE is the country of goodness, and Emiratis are carrying forward the humanitarian legacy of Sheikh Zayed. When people speak about achievements, we are proud of following the humanitarian approach of Sheikh Zayed, and when people speak about their history, we speak about the history of the humanitarian achievements since the establishment of our country.»
 
In his article titled “Why the Year of Giving?”, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, wondered about the concept of giving and goodness that we seek. He discussed questions such as how can the UAE benefit from the year of giving? What can every one of us offer to himself and his society during this year?
 
We say to you, too, Sir, that we, the children of Zayed, the man of giving, have heard, seen and lived this giving and goodness with Zayed, God rest his soul. Goodness is to follow in your footsteps and seek to achieve your visions and expectations. Goodness means to work on promoting the culture of love, giving, tolerance and happiness that you imbued us with. Goodness is to consolidate the principle of service of the homeland and the spirit of volunteering and community responsibility, which you have taught us, in the new generations. Giving means to give top priority to charitable and humanitarian initiatives so as to reach everywhere in the world. Giving is also to promote the name of the UAE, which is associated with goodness and giving in all international forums. Giving means, as well, to translate words into actions, and give all that is dear to us for the sake of the nation and its prosperity and progress. Giving also signifies to sacrifice our souls for the sake of our homeland and always perform our duties anywhere bravely and happily. And finally, giving is to exert effort and time in order to exalt human civilization and consolidate the concepts of moderation, tolerance and happiness.
 
From you we seek inspiration with value and meaning, and set out unanimously with determination to attain top position and achieve success. We have received the message of giving and understood its associated responsibilities, and we are surely able to undertake it. 2017 shall be, as you wished for us and for humanity, a year of giving. Thanks for your heart which is replete with goodness and love of giving. Long live you, Sir, for goodness, and long live the UAE, inspiring and bearing the flag of giving and goodness forever!

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