It is still the holy month of Ramadan and we are still talking about influential and interesting figures from the past and the present. Today I will talk about a political figure who is a firm decision maker and a visionary. He is a determined man who also respects science, knowledge and logic.
He is a founding figure of the military and an experienced civilian who is flexible with his friends and strict with his enemies. I am talking about Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE’s strong pillar along with another creative figure who is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is an influential man who invested the power of the UAE in the interest and good of Arabs. When it comes to Saudi Arabia, he has been the most loyal ally when allies perish and enemies proliferate.
I limit my piece about him to these characteristics of loyalty and honesty during Saudi Arabia’s difficult days but Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed has other significant characteristics on the level of improving the lives of the Emirati people and developing science and Emirati military superiority.
The UAE, thanks to the determination and vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, has developed a deep-rooted and decisive position toward politically disruptive groups who hide behind religion. I am referring to the groups that can be traced back to the Muslim BrotherhoodMashari Althayidi
Vision and determination
The UAE, thanks to the determination and vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, has developed a deep-rooted and decisive position toward politically disruptive groups who hide behind religion. I am referring to the groups that can be traced back to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Brotherhood propaganda targeted Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for his position and they did so via Qatar’s media outlets and the group’s networks which ignored al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, Sururists and Libya’s gangs.
All of them targeted Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed via a media campaign. However, facts are facts and delusions eventually disappear. Few days ago, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed visited King Salman in Jeddah in the presence of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He was accompanied by an elite of security and political commanders in the UAE.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said: “The UAE and Saudi Arabia stand together in one trench to confront challenges and threats which the region’s countries face.”
If one looks at allies, half allies, enemies and half enemies, he will realize that the UAE and Mohammed bin Zayed are the most strong-willed and honest allies.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.
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