Ahead of the 12th anniversary of his accession day on January 4, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has penned a heartfelt letter to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In it, he has urged residents to offer thanks to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed "with a meaningful word, or an inspiring picture, or a good act". Below is the translation of the letter he shared on social media.
Brothers and sisters, people of the UAE, our sons and families, people of our nation, wherever you are, greetings to you. Greetings filled with love, as a new year comes to us, with a new chapter of the history of our precious country.
Brothers and sisters, while we start the new year, I would like to deliver this message to my brother, my friend, the companion of my journey, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. May God bless and protect him, and guide him to serve the nation.
My message to him: "Thank You, Mohamed bin Zayed."
I thank him in the name of my people, not my name. Not for something personal, but for a great country he makes for its new generations. Thank You, Mohamed bin Zayed, because you are Zayed's influence, and his shadow that lives with us.
Thank You, Mohamed bin Zayed, because you are the protector, the country's military leader, the founder of its fort, and the lion of its den. Thank You, Mohamed bin Zayed, for supporting the youth, for teaching generations how to serve the country, for planting manhood and heroic spirit in them.
Thank You, Mohamed bin Zayed, for honouring the martyrs, supporting their children, offering sympathy to their families, and raising the flag with pride.
Thank You, Mohamed bin Zayed, for your leadership, your resoluteness and your passion. Thank you for embracing sons, appreciating fathers, loving mothers and supporting the youth. Only a few know that he works 18 hours a day for the UAE.
Only a few people know that his annual holiday is less than a week. Only a few people know that millions of children around the world benefit from his goodness and giving that he provides quietly.
Only a few people see him watching at night with our soldiers, and reviewing development plans in the day with experts and officials to guarantee the future of our country. Thank you for your investment in education; thank you for the good living conditions of our people. Thank you for dedicating your life to this great nation.
Brothers and sisters, we organise a national campaign annually on January 4 to offer thanks to a group of our community, to acknowledge their efforts in our lives and in serving our country.
Today, we call on our people to deliver a message of thanks to those who deserve. We call on you to thank him, with a meaningful word, or an inspiring picture, or a good act.
A message of thanks that doesn't addresses what you deserve, (Sheikh Mohamed). Our people are loyal, and we thank our leader, with love and appreciation. Thank you, Mohamed bin Zayed Your brother, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum