Saturday May 14, 2022

Torchbearer of Zayed’s legacy leaves us forever

Torchbearer of Zayed’s legacy leaves us forever

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan and Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed. File

Inayat-ur-Rahman, Business Editor

WE surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.  On Friday, the whole world mourned the sad demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE. (May his departed soul Rest in Peace).  He oversaw much of the country’s economic growth, and his key objectives as the president of the UAE was to continue on the path laid down by his father Sheikh Zayed, whose legacy will continue to be the beacon guiding into the future, a prosperous future where security and stability will reign.

He was a great visionary leader who led the UAE to be one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

A cross-section of foreign diplomats, business heavyweights and scholars spoke with Rlixa, who paid rich tributes and prayed for the departed soul of the legendary Ruler.

Patrick Moody, UK Ambassador to the UAE, said: I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan.  On behalf of the British Government and British people I would like to express our most heartfelt condolences.  His Highness’ resolve and devotion to his country will continue to be an example of strong leadership and compassion.  Our prayers and sympathies are with all the people of the United Arab Emirates at this time of national mourning.

Afzaal Mahmood, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE, said: The Embassy of Pakistan expresses its heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He was well-wisher & a sincere friend of Pakistan. In this hour of extreme grief, the Pakistani community in the UAE stands with their UAE brethren. May Almighty Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and give the bereaved leadership and people of the UAE the courage to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.

Hassan Afzal Khan, Consul General Pakistan to Dubai and Northern Emirates, said: Our deepest condolences on the sad demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Royal family and the people of UAE.  Pakistani community in UAE stands with their UAE brethren in this hour of grief.

Ahmad Shaikhani, President Pakistan Business Council Dubai, said:  On behalf of Pakistan Business Council in Dubai we offer our sincerest condolences to the nation’s leadership and the people of the UAE following the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. He was a great visionary leader. His unparalleled leadership has guided the UAE towards countless opportunities and achievements. May Allah grant his departed soul the highest place in Janat Ul Ferdos.

Javed Malik, Former Ambassador  & Pakistan’s Special Envoy in the GCC, said:  His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was one of the most gracious and affectionate leaders I have ever met.  He was greatly loved and admired by the Pakistani community in UAE as well as by millions of Pakistanis inside the country who saw him as a father figure. Under his leadership the relations between both countries continued to grow in an upward trajectory the numerous welfare projects initiated under his directives stand tall as a great symbol for his gracious love for the country and its people.

Today, the entire Pakistani nation mourns the loss of the great Sheikh Khalifa as we express our deepest condolences to the PM, the Crown Princes, Rulers, and the people of UAE

Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare, said: We are deeply saddened by the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE.  He was a visionary leader who led the UAE to be one among the most prosperous countries in the region.  His Highness Sheikh Khalifa was a people’s person and his love for the people of his country, both the citizens and expatriates has been legendary. He was silently effective in creating an atmosphere of peace and harmony among the multiple nationalities living here. Our deepest condolence to the members of the Royal family and the Supreme Council. His teachings will be an inspiration for the generations to come and he will continue to be our guiding light. May God bless his soul.

Dr. Mostafa Al Guezeri, Managing Director, Hitachi Energy, said: This is unfortunate news as the nation mourns the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE. This country has become a shining example of progress and innovation for the world and it is all thanks to the wisdom and vision of its leader. The world mourns and our deepest condolences to the family, citizens and expatriates of the UAE at this difficult time.

Rizwan Sajan,  Chairman and Founder Danube Group, said:  The UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away this morning.

We at Danube Group pray that his soul rests in peace, he was a visionary and embraced sustainable development as a guiding methodology to build up a modern nation that derives its human, socio-economic, and cultural clout from robust constitutional, organisational and structural tenets.

He oversaw much of the country’s economic growth, and his key objectives as the president of the UAE was to continue on the path laid down by his father Sheikh Zayed, whose legacy, he said, “will continue to be the beacon guiding us into the future, a prosperous future where security and stability will reign.”

We ask God, the Highest, the Almighty to shower His mercy... We belong to God and to Him, we shall return.”

Bilal Moti, Chairman, Windmills Group, said: It is truly a sad day for the nation. Today we lost an astute leader.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has strategically led the country with magnificent developments in the national policies and regulations framework, economy, infrastructure, armed forces, investment management and social services, to name the few of many, to upgrade the quality of lives and businesses of citizens and residents of the country. He has undoubtedly steered and elevated UAE to the highest international league. May Allah grant his departed soul the highest rank in Janat Ul Ferdos.  (Ameen)

Ayman Ashor, Cluster General Manager, Al Bandar Rotana and Arjaan by Rotana, said: We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the President His Highness  Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan passing today. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the people of UAE. May Allah grant his departed soul the highest rank in Paradise.

Khalid Hussain Chaudhry, President, Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah, said:  I express my deepest condolences on the sorrowful demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the esteemed Al Nahyan family, Their Highnesses the Rulers of all Emirates, and the people of UAE.

During his reign, UAE witnessed an era of unprecedented growth, development and prosperity across the board. We hope and pray that the people of UAE find the courage and strength to endure this irreparable loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace (Ameen)

Bharat Bhatia, CEO, Conares, said: Today we lost an important pillar of the UAE society. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, was an inspiration to all residents of this country and his courageous leadership took this country to unimaginable heights. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Zayed family, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai and the entire people of the UAE.

Ali Shabdar, MEA Regional Director, Zoho Corp, said: Today, the country and the world lost a kind and inspiring leader who carried on the legacy of Sheikh Zayed and left us with a great legacy of his own. We offer our sincere condolences to the great nation of UAE, the Royal Family, and everyone who loved and respected Sheikh Khalifa deeply. He will be greatly missed.”

Lalu Samuel, Chairman of Kingston Holdings Group, said: It is with sorrow and deep sadness that we learnt about the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. His death was truly a shock for the entire nation. Sheikh Khalifa was much loved by his people and everyone in the UAE. He has been a great symbol and one of the cornerstones of the UAE’s renaissance. He was a great leader who dedicated his whole life to making the UAE one of the best countries in the world.

Abdul Jebbar P.B., Group Managing Director, Hotpack Global, said:  The UAE has suffered a great loss today with the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  Throughout his tenure, he has been one of the most loyal and devoted leaders this country has seen and his absence will be felt for a long time.”  

Sameer K Mohamed, MD, Jaleel Holdings, said:  His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, will forever live on in the memories of every person that has been fortunate enough to witness his brilliant leadership. He was a true visionary that led this country to great heights and will go down in history as one of the greatest leaders the people of the UAE have ever seen.”

Saleh N Alsorayai, Chairman, SNASCO Investments, said: We offer our sincerest condolences to the nation’s leadership and the people of the UAE following the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. May his soul rest in peace.

Naseer S Alsorayai, CEO, Oakberry, said: Our heartfelt condolences to the Ruling family and the people of UAE over the sad demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. May Allah grant his departed soul the highest rank in Jannat.,

Masood Ahmed, Managing Director, Al Mashaher Medical Centre, said:  With great sadness, I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Royal families of all the Emirates, the Emaratis and the Residents for the untimely death of President of United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who led one of the most Competent and Ingenious Governments in the World. Not just UAE, but the world has lost a powerful force for peace, human rights and women’s empowerment. This significant loss will be deeply mourned by all, but the memory of his brilliant and self-effacing leadership will always remain a source of inspiration and encouragement to all his countrymen, expatriates, and entire World, alike. We pray that his soul to rest in the highest level of Paradise by the grace of Almighty Allah.

Yousuf Fakhruddin, CEO , Fakhruddin properties, said: It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing away of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He was a visionary leader for the United Arab Emirates, and his loss will be deeply felt by the nation. President Sheikh Khalifa was known for his dedication to his country and its people, and he will be remembered as a great leader who made a lasting contribution to the UAE. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Shahid N Khan, CEO, Al Islami Foods, said: Deeply grieved to hear about sad demise of  President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahiyan.

May Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give strength to the nation to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude and perseverance. Ameen

Amol Vaidya, Senior Director Operations, Global Indian International School, Dubai, said: We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. He was a great leader and a true friend of education. He was a strong advocate for investing in education and ensuring that every child in the UAE had access to quality schooling. Under his leadership, the UAE made tremendous progress in improving its educational system and providing opportunities for all residents to succeed. His vision for the future helped make the UAE one of the most progressive and prosperous nations in the world.

Roberto d’Ambrosio, CEO, Axiory Global, said: We were struck today by the sad news of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

His life, leadership and achievements have been essential to make of the UAE a world leading country in so many ways. His dedication to his country and the wellbeing of all its nationals and residents falls well beyond his role, showing his true dedication, and during his tenure, following the footstep of his late father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE flourished leading the way for all the GCC region and beyond.

His example and legacy will continue to shape the future in UAE for many years to come.

I present my deepest sympathies to the family and to all of the UAE, which is mourning one of its his brightest sons.

Anjali Samuel , Managing partner, Mindfield Resources, said: The entire nation mourns the death of its beloved President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. Sheikh Khalifa was a great leader. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May Allah grant them strength and comfort during this difficult time.

Khalil Ur Rehman Buneri, Managing Director, Atlas Transport Fujairah:  I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. He was a great  visionary leader. May Allah grant his depart soul the highest place in Janat Ul Ferdos .

Rizwan Shaikhani, Chairman, Rubber World Industries, said. I was deeply saddened over the sad demise of of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He was a great Ruler.  May Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace. (Ameen).

Mona Faraj, Co-Founder, ExploreTECH, said: We express our deep sorrow at the passing of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  May his departed soul rest in eternal peace.

Isablel Tapp, Founder of AllDetails , said: “Our hearts are heavy with sympathy on the passing of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh

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