President Khalifa Speech on 48th National Day

UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has said that “education will remain a priority and our path to the future”, adding that the new year’s federal budget has allocated a large proportion to funding federal schools and development projects. 

Below is the statement in full:

“My sons and my daughters, on this blessed day commemorating the journey of the nation of tolerance and peace, I salute you on the 48th anniversary of the UAE’s National Day”.

“On your behalf, we express our congratulations to my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and my brothers, Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and the Crown Princes. We commemorate and express our appreciation for our martyrs, who have performed heroic glories while defending their country.

“On 2nd December, we, the UAE’s people and leadership, renew our loyalty to our country, and we commemorate the blessed memory of the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his brothers, the Founders, who have established the solid foundations of a strong country that has impressed the entire world with its comprehensive renaissance.

“Education will remain a priority and our path to the future, and to confirm this approach, the new year’s federal budget has allocated a large proportion to funding federal schools and development projects.

The UAE Cabinet issued a resolution to establish an education support fund, which will enable the community to fund education development programmes that focus on building skills, values, trends and exploring and developing talents, as well as providing a decent life for all citizens.

“The federal government began, in coordination with local governments, to implement an ambitious plan to build thousands of housing units around the country. It has also adopted the “National Strategy for Quality of Life 2031,” which aims to create a more coherent community.

“To build the capacities of the youth, the UAE Cabinet has adopted a resolution to promote the participation of youth in the boards of government institutions and companies.

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