One year since the departure of Khalifa. UAE recalls exploits and achievements of empowerment leader
Today marks the first anniversary of the passing of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, after a busy career during which he contributed, along with the founding leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to strengthening the Union's gains and planning for its future.
On November 4, 2004, he assumed the position of President of the UAE, succeeding the founding leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and followed his path until his death on May 13, 2022, to move the UAE, with what he achieved in 18 years, to the ranks of developed countries, and assumed a leading position in global competitiveness indicators and became the second largest economy in the Arab region and the first Arab and Islamic country to reach Mars, among other dozens of milestone achievements in all fields.
- Foreign aid.
During his reign, the UAE continued its honorable march in providing foreign aid to various countries around the world with the aim of reducing poverty, helping countries and communities in need, as well as promoting peace, prosperity and stability, and stimulating economic growth in developing countries.
The number of countries benefiting from the UAE's foreign aid since its establishment in 1972 until mid-2021 reached about 155 countries with a total of more than AED 320 billion.
- Strategic relationships.
During the reign of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE strengthened its position and active role on the regional and international arenas, and succeeded in weaving strong relations with the countries of the world, east and west, on the basis of mutual respect, support for international peace and stability, and the promotion of human coexistence.
The late Sheikh Khalifa had a deep vision for the Arabian Gulf region as a strategic region whose security and stability are linked to the security and stability of the world, and his keenness to continue the approach of the founding leader in solidarity with the Arab brothers, supporting their causes, and consolidating bridges of brotherhood and cooperation with them in all fields, while the UAE witnessed during the era of the late Sheikh Khalifa more openness to the outside world and strengthening its partnerships with various countries of the world.
- Strategic planning.
"The future, no matter how far away, is near and preparation for it begins today, not tomorrow." A saying about the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, "may God have mercy on him", which established one of the most important principles of the empowerment phase, which is "foreseeing the future" through a wide range of strategies, initiatives and long-term national plans, including the fifty principles, the UAE Vision 2021, the climate neutrality initiative by 2050, the Digital Government Strategy 2025, the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence "AI", the UAE Strategy for Government Services 2021-2025, the Future Foresight Platform, the Energy Strategy 2050, and the National Strategy for Food Security. and the National Space Strategy 2030.
- The woman..
The late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, was keen to empower Emirati women in all fields and at all levels to be an active partner in building the nation.
History has recorded a list of milestones in the march of Emirati women during the era of the late Sheikh Zayed on several levels, the most important of which is the fact that the percentage of women's representation in the UAE government reached 27.5% of the total members of the Council of Ministers, and that they won half the number of seats in the Federal National Council equally with men.
He issued a series of decrees that enhanced the presence and empowerment of women, including the decree on equal pay between men and women in the private sector in the event of doing the same work or work of equal value, and the law to abolish all restrictions imposed on women working at night and working in hard jobs.
Parliamentary work during the reign of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, witnessed a qualitative leap in the level of performance and influence at the legislative and oversight levels, during which the Federal National Council moved to the stage of full empowerment to become a key pillar in decision-making and an active partner in shaping the future of the UAE.
The Political Empowerment Program, launched by the late great in 2005, formed the roadmap towards activating the role of the Federal National Council and empowering it to be a supporting, guiding and supportive authority for the executive authority, and to be a more capable, effective and attached to the issues of the homeland and the concerns of citizens, and to consolidate through it the values of participation and the Shura approach through a regular gradual path.
The health sector paid special attention to the health sector, which was reflected in the large volume of government spending, which sometimes reached 7% of the size of the federal budget.
Long-term spending in the health sector has resulted in the sector's readiness and coping with any challenges to show high efficiency in dealing professionally with the most dangerous Corona epidemic in human history.
During the reign of Sheikh Khalifa, the UAE witnessed a significant development in the number of hospitals, which has doubled several times since 1975 from 16 to 169 in 2020.
He considered the "mercy of God" the educational system locomotive of development, so it must be based on determinants, foremost of which is the guarantee and right to free education for all citizens, but education has become compulsory since 2012 in the state for everyone who has completed 6 years until graduation from high school. This deepened with the promulgation of Wadeema's law, which guarantees the child's right to education.
The education strategy in the country emphasizes building an educational system based on absorbing the skills of the 21st century, providing a qualitative university education system that competes with the most prestigious international universities, foreseeing the future, encouraging innovation, expanding the number of targeted students and instilling a culture of innovation in all educational groups.
The UAE has achieved a number of achievements during the reign of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, the most recent of which was the UAE's ranking among the top 10 globally in 20 key indicators of global competitiveness indicators for the energy and infrastructure sector for 2021.
Thanks to the support and vision of the late Sheikh, the UAE has succeeded in achieving rapid steps and occupying a prominent global position in the field of infrastructure and housing.
The UAE's ambitions during the reign of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, embraced space, and became the fifth country in the world to successfully reach Mars on February 9, 2021, and completed the first Emirati manned mission to space, where Hazza Al Mansouri became in September 2019 the first Emirati and Arab astronaut to visit the International Space Station since its establishment in 1998.
In 2014, the UAE announced the establishment of the UAE Space Agency, launched KhalifaSat, the first Emirati satellite built entirely in the country by 2018 per cent Emirati engineers, and in September 100 announced the first Arab mission to explore the moon.
During the reign of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE has taken unprecedented steps at the development and economic levels, which have reflected on the size of the economy directly and clearly, doubling the value of the UAE's GDP several times since 2004, increasing the total size of the country's economy to AED 1.5 trillion, exceeding $ 405.5 billion by the end of 2021.
During the reign of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the culture and arts sector in the UAE witnessed great leaps that were able to take Emirati culture, heritage and art to global horizons, through many major projects and partnerships with international entities, such as the Saadiyat Island Cultural District project in Abu Dhabi, which includes the largest concentration of leading cultural institutions in the world, most notably the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has been distinguished by playing a leading role in the field of preserving world heritage, and continuing the approach of tolerance and human coexistence, which it has been keen to consolidate and promote since its establishment, by contributing effectively to the preservation of world heritage treasures, and the restoration and renovation of a number of monuments, after it came close to the final fall from the World Heritage Lists, including the Grand Al-Nouri Mosque, its Al-Hadba minaret, the Al-Tahira and Al-Sa'a churches in the Iraqi city of Mosul, in addition to the theater of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Palace - the former Imperial Palace of Fontainebleau in Paris. The Museum of Islamic Art in Egypt, the historic Macmillan Library in Nairobi, the Peace Inn in the Bahraini city of Muharraq, among many other monuments and sites.