Languages: ENNL

Mon 4 Nov 2013

Commemoration Day of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan

  • By MichaelDarmanin and 1 other
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan ( Arabic : زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان‎)‎, (1918 – 2 November 2004), the principal driving force behind the formation of the  United Arab Emirates  (UAE), was the ruler of  Abu Dhabi  and first president of the UAE, a post which he held for over 30 years (1971–2004).

His  religious tolerance  of Christians and the freedom given Western workers sojourning in the UAE was in marked contrast to most neighbors in the region and exposed him to criticism from other more conservative nations. 

Sheikh Zayed was respected around the world for his unifying influence and his drive to make the Emirates one nation.

Calendars with this event