H.E. Director General’s speech on the occasion of the 48th National Day Thursday, November 28, 2019 Today, we proudly celebrate the 48th anniversary of the establishment of the nation of goodness, bestowal and accomplishments, the United Arab Emirates, and its march full of great achievements and comprehensive renaissance. We would like to renew our allegiance and belonging to the homeland under our wise leadership. We are also proud of our tremendous amount of historical achievements, and of reaching the highest ranks in many social, political, humanitarian and environmental fields. Due to the sound vision of our government, our children have reached space, and there are more hopes and ambitions that we look forward to achieve. On this occasion, I extend the heartfelt congratulations and blessings to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, May God protect him, and to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and to his brothers, Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates, and to the loyal UAE people, who love their country. Celebrating this great occasion is nothing but an indication of the importance of entrenching the idea of allegiance and belonging with the UAE people, and strengthening the national identity and a sense of pride in the accomplishments and gains made by the UAE, and specifically for future generations. On this occasion, we recall the sacrifices of the fathers and predecessors, the challenges and obstacles that hindered their way, but their persistence in continuing the progress made us enjoy welfare, development, urbanism and prosperity during our present time. Our celebration today embodies authentic and noble values that we are proud of and which we emphasize specifically in the Year of Tolerance. We can see today that the world is a witness to the initiatives of the UAE and its endeavors to consolidate and promote the tolerance, love and fraternity values that crossed the borders of the homeland and reached the countries of the world, especially in light of the current issues that swept across the region. We shall not forget the will and determination of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace), the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, as well as his insightful vision when achieving the dream of union in light of the obstacles and difficulties at the time. By the grace and favor of God and the wisdom of the founding father, the founding fathers were able to overcome these challenges to establish a state of union, strength and will, which cherishes its religion, past, customs and traditions, and is proud of the renaissance, urbanization and achievements on the land, as well as the successes that spread to the world. Our responsibility today is of great importance, and in order to preserve the unity and stability of the country, we must support the march of the founding fathers towards a bright and prosperous future. Bestowal and contribution to the development and evolution of projects and initiatives in all military, economic, field, and social areas and others must also continue, in addition to continuing to work and achieving more accomplishments to serve the country and complete the union's march. May God preserve the blessing of security and safety, and preserve the UAE leadership and people.