Abdullah bin Zayed statement on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of UAE National Day

ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, in a statement to ”Dira’a Al Watan” magazine on the occasion of the 43rd National Day, has said that, “This year’s National Day coincides with our emerging state’s preparation to launch its strategic historical project to enter outer space exploration and to build the Mars probe which will be the first step by the Arab Islamic world in this field and will be led by an Emirati team to reach Mars in the coming years.”

The following is the full statement of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed to ”Dira’a Al Watan” magazine: “Our celebration with the 43rd National Day coincides with our emerging state’s preparation to launch its strategic historical project to enter the outer space exploration and to build the Mars probe which will be the first step by the Arab Islamic world in this field and will be led by an Emirati team to reach Mars in the coming years. The project is a clear proof of the Federal march’s achievements in various fields and at the same time it reflects the advanced capabilities of the Emirati man in dealing with the latest scientific and technological techniques.

The step also represents a historic achievement and a culmination of series of successes for the UAE in the implementation of innovative and sustainable development strategies in the areas of satellite communications, manufacturing and launching of satellites and aviation technology, besides the huge strategic programmes implemented in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and the production of renewable energy, which enable the UAE to be the permanent headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, Irena, and a regional and international capital for renewable energy projects.

The UAE has been ranked the 12th most competitive nation globally, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 released by the World Economic Forum, to place the UAE in the list of the best modern developed countries in the world.

All these achievements, and others, were made thanks to the future insights of the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the Emirates’ Crown Princes and also attributed to the concerted efforts of the sons and daughters of the nation and their loyalty and mutual love between them and their leadership and the absolute confidence entrusted upon their leadership.

SOURCE: WAM