Abu Dhabi: Lieutenant General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces was recently honored with the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Military Order by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The honor was bestowed upon the veteran in recognition of his dedication and sincere efforts in serving the nation over nearly 50 years of hard work and distinction.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, conferred the Order on Al Rumaithi during a ceremony held in Abu Mureikha, an historic venue which hosted the signing of the agreement to unify the armed forces in the UAE.
Sheikh Mohamed commended Lieutenant General Al Rumaithi for his sincere efforts in serving the nation, further adding that the Armed Forces Chief of Staff has been a role model in leadership and planning.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi highlighted that several generations have learned from his military and field experience during his nearly fifty-year military career, which has been full of giving and dedication.
Receiving the honor, Lieutenant General Al Rumaithi expressed his thanks and appreciation to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for this appreciation and generous gesture. The Lieutenant General lauded the directives of the UAE wise leadership which have played a significant role in promoting the values of loyalty, belonging and giving in the country.
Lieutenant General Al Rumaithi also voiced his pride of being part of the military establishment that has produced generations of Emiratis who have proved to be an impenetrable fortress preserving the nation’s security, stability, gains and unity.
Prominent dignitaries who attended the awards ceremony were;
- H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs
- H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs,
- Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Adviser to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
- Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs
On the occasion, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed and other attendees of the awards function toured the historic building at Abu Mureikha which has been reopened, coinciding with the 46th Anniversary of the unification of the armed forces that the country celebrated early this month.
During his tour, Sheikh Mohamed was briefed on the development and modernization work that took place in the building and its facilities. The attendees recalled the historical moments that the building witnessed and its symbolic and moral importance to the Emirati people.
Sheikh Mohamed expressed his thanks and appreciation of the efforts of all those working in the rehabilitation of such historical landmarks and sites that witnessed significant milestones in the history of the nation.