The nation’s founders emphasised the message of enlightenment, and raised generations on the principles of intellectual leadership and effective participation to achieve prosperity and development while preserving the national identity.
During a seminar organised by the Geneva Centre with the participation of officials, academics and specialists in public affairs, he added that studies on the history of the Arabian Gulf point to the fact that the UAE is among the oldest countries in the region with constructive initiatives by the founders of the nation to promote the values of tolerance and solidarity among future generations.
He said that this positively reflects the vision of the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who have always been
keen on supporting projects that contribute to the development of every sector.
Poet and researcher Mohammed Saeed Al Rumaithi made a presentation on the heritage of the UAE and the achievements of the founding fathers including the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, his brother the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and the rulers of the nation starting from when the country was founded in 1971.
Al Rumaithi said that studies include evidence that Emiratis have communicated since an earlier period in history and that traces of water sources were discovered in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. These factors were reflected in the strength of ties between the people in this region, he added.
He also underlined the desire of the ancestors to document their experiences through poetry. They used it as a means to express their actions and feelings towards the nation.