His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, has emphasised the significance of the decision to unify the UAE Armed Forces, saying it's of equal importance to the Founding Fathers' decision to establish the Union.
In his speech to Nation Shield, the UAE's military journal, to mark the 47th Armed Forces Unification Day, Sheikh Mohammed underscored that the decision fostered and enhanced the Union's pillars, highlighting that “the Union would not have advanced, developed and maintained its sovereignty without defending the country’s borders".
He also added that Emiratis would not have enjoyed security and stability without the outstanding efforts of the UAE Armed Forces.
Sheikh Mohammed addressed the officers and soldiers of the UAE Armed Forces, acknowledging their crucial role and dedication to serving their nation.
Meanwhile, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and the Minister of the Presidential Court, praised President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's unwavering efforts to improve the capabilities of the UAE Armed Forces and commended the care dedicated to the Armed Forces' members, retired personnel, and the families of the martyrs.
He further highlighted the achievements Forces in maintaining security and peace in the country and their contributions to major developmental and service projects and international efforts to maintain peace and security, combat terrorism, and assist in disasters and conflicts.
His also paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives to protect the nation's sovereignty and achievements. He acknowledged that their loyalty, dedication and readiness have made the UAE a solid and united nation, marching confidently towards the future and continuing a successful journey whose foundations were established by the Founding Fathers.
Other UAE rulers have also praised the role of the Armed Forces in shaping the country's history. His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, emphasised the significance of the 47th anniversary as a valuable national occasion that is deeply ingrained in the memory of the country.
His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, praised the bravery of the country's men, stating that they have proven their ability to defend the UAE, sacrifice what is precious, and maintain security and safety in the country.