Speech of the Minister of State for Defense Affairs on the occasion of 46th National Day.

Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Bawardi: Today, We celebrate 46th National Day with decades of achievements and national continues hard work.

Today, we celebrate the forty-sixth anniversary of the establishment of our Union. We celebrate decades of achievement and a march of national devotion to this nation and its lofty vision among nations and defend its land and its gains.

As we celebrate today, UAE is more prosperous, developed, and first in the world in many indicators of government performance and institutional achievement. It is a success and result for the loyalty of the people of this country. It is a continuous giving of a blessed process initiated by the Founding Fathers " We ask Allah Almighty to grant them mercy and forgiveness " led by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan "We ask Allah Almighty to grant hem mercy and forgiveness". It was a unified vision that united hands, hearts, paths and inspiration to become one hand and one heart that resulted in a United Arab Emirates.

Today, the blessed national march continues under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Their Highnesses, Supreme Council Members Rulers of the UAE.

The UAE today is a soft power that is looking forward to foresee the future with giant steps. Its weapon is human capital and development of the homeland. In UAE, solid foundations have been laid down for government actions in which all parties, sectors, and efforts are concentrated in the interest of the national action system to address all the expected challenges, and to develop all scientific, educational, economic, and other important sectors during the next five decades. That will to ensure happiness, well-being and dignity of the people of this country.

The United Arab Emirates continues its approach of spreading tolerance, peace and cooperation with its brothers and friends and working to create a safe environment for the region and the world at large.

Our country has proved its regional and international effectiveness through its participation in many peacekeeping operations as it has proved its stand with the right and the promotion of just causes and continues to offer its solidarity and support brother and friend at all times and places.

President of the UAE and Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces and to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and to their brothers the Supreme Rulers, the Rulers of the UAE, the UAE people and the residents of this good land. We ask Allah Almighty to keep our nation safe and secure under our wise leadership.

We extend our greetings and profound gratitude to members of our Armed Forces and our brave soldiers and all our security agencies for their diligent efforts in the performance of their duties in order to ensure the safety and stability of the country. We also extend our greetings and profound gratitude to all Emiratis, ambassadors of the homeland and abroad with their values ​​and identity and the honorable representation of the state. May Allah Almighty save you all and save our unity.