On Receiving the ‘Head of State Merit Award’
HE Dr. Jamal Al-Suwaidi: The President’s Award is an Honor and a Source of Pride
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may Allah protect him) presented the ‘Head of State Merit Award’ on Monday 2 December 2013 to His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director-General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) — along with a number of distinguished personalities who have rendered invaluable services that have effectively contributed to the country’s development over the years — in recognition of his patriotism and sincere achievements and as a role model for upholding the ‘Values of Giving’.
On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi said that “the Award conferred by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may Allah protect him) is a great honor that fills me with pride, and as long as I live it will enhance my enthusiasm to strive more for my dear country, and contribute to enhancing its unity at all levels.” He added that “this Award presented by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may Allah protect him) has a special place in my heart because it was bestowed on me by the President who leads the progress of my beloved country. One always feels proud when honored by the country.” He said he cherishes this honor because it reminds him of the virtue of the path that he is following, particularly when the “honor is conferred by the leadership of the UAE which is world renowned for its wisdom, insightful vision, and prudent decisions.”
H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi emphasized that “the Award places a huge responsibility on me as it is an honor and recognition of my modest efforts. This honor is conferred on me by a great leader who leads a major and remarkable process of development both at the regional and international levels. Second, when the UAE honors its citizens and appreciates their work, it encourages them to redouble their efforts because the country’s boundless ambitions always call for continuous hard work from its citizens, coming from all walks of life.”
H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi noted that “the ECSSR, which I am proud to manage, would not have secured a distinguished place among think tanks and research centers in the Arab region, but also around the world if it was not for the considerable support from His Highness the President (who believes in the value of knowledge in the progress of nations and that it is the path followed by all nations in their march towards progress and prosperity) and from His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of the ECSSR, whose support and encouragement since the ECSSR’s establishment has played a pivotal role in its success and development.”
H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi stressed that “the Award presented by the President (may Allah protect him) at the 42nd National Day increases my delight because it has come on a dear and beloved occasion for every Emirati, which always reminds us of the sacrifices of our Founding Fathers, principally the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may Allah rest his soul), their devotion to the wellbeing of the UAE nationals, and their recognition of their efforts in establishing the pillars of the Federation and strengthening its structure.”
It is noteworthy that President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may Allah protect him) had earlier presented to H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi the “Emirates Appreciation Award for Arts, Science and Literature” in its Third Round (2008) in the category of Studies and Research/Political Studies. His Excellency has also been awarded the “Abu Dhabi Medal” by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the ECSSR, under Decree No. (4) of 2012 issued on 22 January, 2012 on his winning the ‘Abu Dhabi Award’ for 2011.