Today marks the 52nd anniversary of Sheikh Zayed’s Accession Day, the day he assumed leadership in Abu Dhabi on August 6, 1966, marking the start of a new epoch in the history of the UAE.

It is a day that will forever remain in the hearts of Emiratis, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

“Nations and people remember their symbols and the makers of their glories and keep their achievements immortal in the memories of generations.

“Sheikh Zayed’s good principles will live forever in the memory of the homeland and his children.”

It was a sentiment shared by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of Sheikh Zayed and chairwoman of the General Women’s Union.

“On this day, which is renewed every year in my memory, I believe that the wisdom of God made August 6 the beginning of a new historical phase in our lives, a great transformation and a transition from the past to the prosperous present,” she said.

Sheikha Fatima, also president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and supreme chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, said the willpower and visionary mind of Sheikh Zayed transformed the harshness of the past into a bright future, with achievements that have become an ideal model for other countries.

Last year, President Sheikh Khalifa marked the anniversary of his father’s accession by declaring 2018 the Year of Zayed. This year, it was commemorated in Dubai with the completion of a 140-metre mural that will be displayed on the outer wall of Dubai Ladies Club in Jumeirah for a year.

The mural was painted by 22 students from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University in Dubai and conveys four main themes inspired by the UAE Founding Father’s values: wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development.

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