The United Arab Emirates’ late President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who succeeded founder of UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan on November 4, 2004, took the country from the phase of foundation to empowerment.
During his 18-year reign, Sheikh Khalifa contributed to improvement of competitiveness index of nation which became the second largest economy in the Arab region.
The UAE took large strides towards achievements, becoming the first Arab and Islamic country to reach Mars and one among very few to reach space.
Sheikh Khalifa launched, shortly after assuming office, his first government strategy for a balanced and sustainable development in order to achieve prosperity for citizens.
Sheikh Khalifa, who continued the legacy of his father Sheikh Zayed for security and stability, supervised development of sectors of oil and gas, and manufacturing industries which diversified economy.
The late President also launched housing, road, educational and social projects, as well as proposing an initiative to develop the legislative authority by allowing elections of half of the Federal National Council.
He was re-elected as president in 2009 and continued his contributions to a multi-faceted development.
Sheikh Khalifa was named Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in 1969, became Prime Minister of Abu Dhabi district in July 1971 and named Deputy Commander of UAE Armed forces in 1976.
Source: Kuwait News Agency