December 2nd of every year is an occasion for United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals and residents alike, to express their pride in the country’s developmental and civilizational achievements.
The UAE’s 47th National Day coincides with the centenary of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, as HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dubbed 2018 to be the “Year of Zayed”.
The late Sheikh Zayed was renowned for his wisdom and vision, his role and his policies in building the country, achieving development, strengthening its economy and national security, and leading it on the path towards a prosperous future.
The values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, laid the foundations of modern cultural and developmental renaissance in the country.
Inspired by these values, the wise leaders of the country took to building a bright future for the UAE, strengthening its position among the countries of the region and the world, an oasis of peace and political stability, economic and social development, and tolerance.
The Ambassador of the UAE to Rwanda, H.E. Hazza Mohammed Falah Kharsan Alqahtani, hosted a gala dinner at Marriott and invited various dignitaries, including the diplomatic community in Rwanda and friends of the UAE to celebrate the special day.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Richard Sezibera was the guest of honor.
“These days mark the National Day celebrations as my country, the United Arab Emirates, strides forward with wisdom and perseverance, following in the footsteps of its founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, under the leadership of the President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his brothers their highnesses the members of the Federal Supreme Council, Rulers of all the emirates, and through the hands of its loyal daughters and sons, pillars of the country’s growth and development, attaining developmental, cultural, economic, political and social achievements,” said Ambassador Alqahtani.
He extend his congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and their brothers, the Supreme Council of Rulers of the UAE and the Government and people of the UAE on this 47th National Day.
Minister Sezibera wished the leadership of the UAE a happy celebration and reiterated continued friendship between the two nations. He said the relationship between the two countries is thriving and remains very healthy.
In his remarks, Ambassador Alqahtani, commended the excellent bilateral relations which join the two friendly countries.
“These ties are based on the principles of cooperation and mutual respect and have reached the level of strategic partnership between the two countries and peoples in recent years,” he said.
In fact, he added, “these relations and the mutual visits of senior government officials and leaders of the two countries, led to the opening of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Rwanda.”
The ever-increasing levels of trade, economic and cultural exchange, are also a powerful indicator which stands witness to the strength of bilateral relations in various fields.
During the event, the Ambassador offered freebies to some guests, including a return flight to UAE.
A cake was cut and all guests tossed to the celebration.