2018 Year of Zayed – What does that mean?




After the 2016 Year of Reading and the 2017 Year of Giving, 2018 will be the Year of Zayed. 2018 will mark 100 years since the birth of the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

2018 will be about remembering Sheikh Zayed and his accomplishments to form the UAE of today. The Year of Zayed will feature numerous initiatives, designed to commemorate the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed and showcase his impact and legacy. Furthermore, there will be several events to promote his values. The themes of the Year of Zayed will include values like wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development.

In Memory of Sheikh Zayed

Born in 1918 to the Bani Yas tribe in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became the president of the UAE in 1971, a role he maintained until he passed away in 2004. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, explained why Sheikh Zayed very much represents the UAE of today and tomorrow: “Sheikh Zayed has instilled in us the willpower and determination to challenge and achieve the impossible. This is why we are always convinced that we are capable of being pioneers and to become one of the best countries in the world. He inspired us to see his way to the future, to follow in his footsteps with confidence and insight, and to consolidate the gains and achievements.”

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has described 2018 as momentous and a unique opportunity to share our pride in the timeless legacy of Sheikh Zayed, as the country prepares to mark a year of commemoration and celebration for the life of his father. He said: “The UAE’s image is founded on a core belief system of tolerance and coexistence. Nations across the world call to uphold and strengthen this belief in light of the growing fanaticism and hatred that threatens international peace and security. The late Shaikh Zayed established a global school of tolerance and coexistence because he knew that from the Union’s beginnings, the UAE’s uniqueness lay in its ability to welcome different races, religions, and cultures without abandoning its social and cultural identity. The principles in which the late ruler believed, and strived for, were aimed at creating a world of coexistence and peace.”

Participate in the Year of Zayed

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was speaking at the launch of the official logo. It shows a black and white drawing of Sheikh Zayed accompanied by the slogan “Year of Zayed". With the launch of the official logo, The Founder’s Office, overseeing the planning and execution of all activities related to the late Shaikh Zayed, invites the UAE community to participate in the ‘Year of Zayed’. Residents, businesses, societies, charities and other entities and individuals across all seven emirates are encouraged to organize activities and host appropriate events in honor of Shaikh Zayed’s enduring legacy, celebrating his timeless vision that continues to guide and inspire the nation. Further details: www.zayed.ae