Today The UAE Celebrates The Late Sheikh Zayed’s 53rd Accession Day


Sheikh Zayed, lovingly known as the ‘father of the nation’ became the first ruler of the UAE in November 1971, however, August 6, 1966, marks his accession day as ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Credited with unifying the emirates, Sheikh Zayed was the vision cherished by the nation for steering the UAE into the modern, tolerant nation it is known as today. HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the UAE’s first President, much loved by his people, his visions and belief systems have remained steadfast as benchmarks for the society we live in to this day.

Sheikh Zayed was the visionary leader who united the seven emirates

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He lead the country on a path of development and success, established the UAE as a tolerant, inclusive society and as a humanitarian hub

His modern views welcomed all expats to live and worship in the UAE allowing for an open, inclusive environment which welcomes all nationalities to co-exist

In 1966, Sheikh Zayed generously donated land for an Anglican church in Abu Dhabi. It stands today, next to a Mosque and a Catholic Church… this is one small example of his unrestricted acceptance and respect of other cultures and faiths to worship and settle here.

The famously generous leader was loved by his people

You can learn more about Sheikh Zayed at the permanent tribute created in his memory

Find The Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi.

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