UAE celebrates the ‘Year of 50th’

Golden Jubilee Committee governs year-long grand celebrations marking 50 years of UAE

ABU DHABI: The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared 2021 “Year of the 50th”, in the UAE, as the nation celebrates its milestone Golden Jubilee.

“Year of the 50th” officially starts on April 6, 2021 and lasts until March 31, 2022.

The declaration is coupled with the announcement of year-long initiatives, activities, and grand celebrations that will be governed by the UAE Golden Jubilee Committee under the chairmanship of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Deputy Chairwoman. The committee has members representing various federal and local departments.

Sheikh Khalifa said: “‘Year of the 50th’ represents a historic defining moment in our journey that started immediately after the declaration of the UAE’s union in 1971. It’s an acknowledgement of the resolute will and strong determination our Founding Fathers had while building up their nation. It also comes in recognition of the sincere efforts made by our citizens for our nation to be what we are seeing today as one of the best growing and fastest developing countries in the world.”

He valued the efforts made by other foreign nationals who have shared with Emirati citizens the same journey and the efforts to build this young nation.

“‘Year of the 50th’ is an opportunity to contemplate the achievements made over 50 years at a time we are gearing up for the next journey,” he added.

The celebration includes a series of initiatives to behold the UAE’s revered history, noble values and unique achievements. These initiatives help delineate our future as the nation is heading toward its Centennial. In so doing, the nation will remain committed to building its future by relying on its youth and equipping them with all the skills they need to forge ahead with their plans for the future.

“We are living in a rapidly changing world. Amid this change, there are opportunities up for grabs to drive innovation and creativity. Therefore, we’ll have to double efforts to generate novel ideas, and quality initiatives to preserve our heritage and values and protect the cultural diversity of our society. As such, these initiatives should contribute to creating a better tomorrow with a brighter future for our nation,” Sheikh Khalifa said.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the country’s first 50 years saw the fastest pace of nation building in history.

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“[It was] the best development journey in the region. This is also a year of preparation for the next 50 years… 50 years full of goodness… an example of building hope for the region and the world,” he tweeted.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said the UAE looks “back on our achievements proudly as we embark on a new journey with determination and enthusiasm”.

“Everyone in the UAE has the chance to reach their full potential, and together we will continue to shape new frontiers,” Sheikh Mohamed tweeted.


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