About the Year of Zayed
The real wealth is hard work that benefits the person and the community. It is immortal and eternal, and forms the value of the human and the nation. - The Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, who passed away in 2004.
To commemorate this historic national occasion, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates has declared that 2018 will officially be known in the UAE as the Year of Zayed.
The Year of Zayed will feature a series of events and initiatives in the UAE and internationally, designed to commemorate the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed, and showcase his impact and legacy, and promote the values that he displayed throughout his life in creative and interactive ways.
Consistent with the values of the late Sheikh Zayed, it is intended that the Year of Zayed will involve people of all ages, nationalities, faiths and backgrounds in the UAE and internationally.
The Year of Zayed is being coordinated by the Founder’s Office and Local Committees for the Year of Zayed established in each Emirate; all under the guidance of the Higher National Committee for the Year of Zayed.
- Educate and create greater awareness of the life and achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed among local, regional and international audiences.
- Raise the profile of the late Sheikh Zayed to that of one of the world’s greatest leaders and most inspirational figures.
- Reinforce the status of the late Sheikh Zayed as an eternal source of national pride and a powerful symbol of the UAE around the world.
- Commemorate and honour the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed through projects and initiatives that are consistent with his vision and values.
A year-long, international commemoration in celebration of the life, legacy and values of an inspirational world leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the United Arab Emirates.
Commemorate the life, values and achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as an inspirational world leader, encouraging future generations to honour his legacy and fulfill his vision of prosperity, tolerance and peace.
The themes of the Year of Zayed include the following values:
- Human Development