UAE 50th National Day letter from HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ)
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
This year, our beloved nation marks a historic milestone. As we complete the first fifty years of our journey and prepare to embark on the next fifty, we face the future with confidence, pride and a shared spirit of unity and determination. We continue to draw lessons from the wisdom of our ancestors and take strength and inspiration from the courage and sacrifices of our martyrs.
The UAE’s ‘Principles of the 50’ are our compass, and they will continue to guide the priorities and policies of our country, both at home and abroad. The last five decades have presented several challenges that we overcame thanks to our resolve, courage, and unity. The challenges of the next fifty years may well be greater and, as a people and a government, we must therefore intensify our efforts to prepare ourselves and our younger generations for a rapidly changing future.
Our youth will be the catalyst for our future success. We encourage them to aim high and to take guidance and inspiration from the wisdom and determination of our nation’s founders. We recognise the crucial role that women have played in the success of the UAE in all fields and have boundless confidence in the vital contribution that they will continue to make to our future.
Our country remains on a path of sustained economic growth and development. Through the provision of high-quality education and continued investment in our people, we continue to stimulate innovation and knowledge development. The people of the UAE are encouraged to join our growing national efforts to excel in science, technology, and artificial intelligence – fields that will be fundamental to our own future and the future of the world.
Our values and traditions are an integral part of our success and our shared national identity and will continue to guide our progress in the years ahead. Our unity remains our single greatest source of strength, and we believe that a secure, stable and robust country is best equipped to enjoy continued progress. The courageous men and women of the UAE Armed Forces and our security services will continue to protect us as they have done with valour and distinction over the last fifty years, and we are grateful for their service and dedication.
Countries cannot rely solely on their own people and resources to drive progress. Our success story is also the story of all who have called the UAE home over the last fifty years. Expatriate residents have been an essential part of our journey and we remain open to all who wish to bring their energy, talent and creativity to our shores to help create a brighter future for all.
The UAE remains, as it has always been, a beacon of goodwill, peace, progress and fraternity in the region and the world. We will continue to work for the benefit of humanity everywhere and pursue a future that brings people closer together. We trust that our future will continue to shine with God’s grace, our people’s determination, and our indomitable will to succeed.
May God bless the UAE and its people on this historic occasion, and grant us continued peace, prosperity and wellbeing.
Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan