The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan remains a spiritual leader of the United Arab Emirates.
Ruler of Abu Dhabi between 1966 and 2004, and founder of the UAE itself in 1971, Sheikh Zayed’s life was dedicated to working closely with people from all backgrounds to find lasting solutions to the challenges of his time.
His achievements remain a source of great pride to the people of Abu Dhabi, who remember the manner in which he unified the UAE to facilitate cooperation and laid the foundations for the infrastructure, healthcare and education systems of today.
Ultimately, Sheikh Zayed was a champion of all humanity – young, old, rich, poor, male and female. He walked among his people and provided aid to those in need, while inviting all cultures and nationalities to make a home in the emirate and work toward its advancement.
It is hard to encapsulate in words the enormity of Sheikh Zayed’s legacy to the region and to the world