2nd “Zayed and the UAE People Forum” kicks off General August 8, 20120 ABU DHABI: The second edition of the annual “Zayed and the UAE People Forum started Monday at the Sultan bin Zayed’s Cultural and Media Centre. The event is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development at the National Theatre. In opening remarks, Habib Al-Sayegh, director of the center, said the event is being held in acknowledgement of the huge achievements of the founding father of the UAE and the Sage of the Arab World. The forum, he added, also enables the new generations to recognize the Sheikh Zayed’s right approach which is being embodies in the outstanding national performance of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Yesterday, the 19th day of Ramadan 1433, was the eighth anniversary in the Hijri calendar of the death of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who passed away on November 2, 2004. A host of senior local, Arab and international officials attended the event yesterday. At the event, a film on the life of the late Sheikh Zayed was played to show his achievements in government, first as the Ruler’s Representative in Abu Dhabi’s Eastern Region from 1946-1966, then as Abu Dhabi’s Ruler and then, concurrently, as founder and first President of the UAE from 1971 until his death meant that, during his lifetime, he was singled out as a great nation-builder. Sheikh Zayed remains today a role model not only for the whole of the population of the UAE, citizens and expatriates alike, but also for the whole of the Arab world, remembered for his tolerance, determination and commitment to the building of a better life for his people, as well as his emphasis on the need for loyalty to the nation. As he himself had worked to build the nation, so, he believed, it was the duty of succeeding generations to commit themselves to protect the progress that had been achieved.