The late
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

«May his soul rest in peace»

This encyclopedia focusses on the poetry of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE and the creator of its prosperity. It aims at preserving his poetic uniqueness and shedding light - through explanation, study, and translation, into the languages of the world - on the unique human experience he embodies, and on the wisdom, depth of thought, nobility of purpose, and rhetorical wording of his poetic experience that superbly portrays the legacy of the past and the authenticity of the place, its aesthetics, and values.

About Sheikh Zayed
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Smile And May Life Smile Back

Separation from My Beloved

Separation from My Beloved

I heed not the pain that afflicts me,
save that of separation from my beloved:
How often she came to me as I journeyed
and how often her tears fell.
Falcon

Falcon

Falcon, I trained you well,
so I set you to swoop down on the houbara bustards—
all fled, frightened,
in their flocks.
Fly swiftly, bird,

may you never fail

to boldly seize their leader.
Do Not Unveil What You Have Hidden

Do Not Unveil What You Have Hidden

Do not unveil what you have hidden,

for others shall slander you,

spreading your secret.

A veil over your secret

is a shield against unease;

indulge your beloved alone and you shall be glad.

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Seperation From My Beloved
A Welcoming Grace
Falcon
Gentle Soul

Today's Poem

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Number of Verses 8

A Welcoming Grace

Oh beauty, your welcoming grace,
your charm, and your lovely manner
distinguished you
until you grew precious to me beyond measure.
No one, near or far, can find fault in you;
I see nothing but your goodness.
To your decency and dignity, I surrender,
and I shall shield you as I shield my own eyes.

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The origins of civilizational leadership Thanks to his insightful vision and rich imagination that enabled him to analyze reality's components and facts to unlock the horizons of the future, the late Sheikh Zayed, may God rest his soul, has managed to solve the difficult equation of combining authenticity with modernism. Sheikh Zayed's constants were the values of the true religion, high human ideals, and ethics, without which society becomes a jungle. His civilizational leadership is marked by his strategic approach to achieving his national accomplishments, such as the establishment of the "Federation of Arab Emirates". Any researcher that tackles the meanings of the major decisions taken by Sheikh Zayed will find what they all have in common: liberating the national will, placing the fate of the country in the hands of its people, and establishing the foundations of national character. He did so by adopting a civilizational experience that did not shy from leveraging all experiences and expertise suitable for the advancement of the nation, and complete refusal to confine this animate experience in solid forms. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Leader's Word Book "WORDS OF A LEADER Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan" was published by "Isdarat" in Arabic and translated into 9 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, and Urdu. The book, which was issued in conjunction with the celebration of the birth centenary of the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and “The Year of Zayed”, contains selected quotes by Sheikh Zayed that reflect the foundations upon which he established his rule, as well as the principles and values which shaped his vision to build and develop the United Arab Emirates. Among his most notable principles is his belief that investing in the people is far more important than investing in buildings and material life, and that society’s development must include all aspects of life, such as urbanization, economy, social life, culture and all kinds of development. He also called for proper use of resources and wealth and advocated openness to modern science. Through many of Sheikh Zayed’s speeches and sayings, the book reveals how deep he was intellectually, and how diverse and rich his vision was, and shows how he was interested in all groups of society and keen to address and provide advice to everyone, particularly the youth, whom he always considered an important contributor to the future and success of this nation. Sheikh Zayed focused on encouraging the youth on every occasion and motivating them to work harder and more creatively. Moreover, he always advocated for respecting women and providing them with equal opportunities in all aspects of life. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Sheikh Zayed photos and stations This documentary book about the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan highlights the late leader's role in founding the state through what has been published about him in the Arab press since the 1950s. Since becoming the Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region in 1946, Sheikh Zayed has been featured heavily in the Arab press, with numerous news, reports, and interviews speaking of his character, life, and accomplishments. The book features a number of inspections, articles, and news about Sheikh Zayed. However, this book is far from a comprehensive representation of all that had been published about the late leader in Arab press; it is instead a review of the highlights of his life, especially the time leading up to the foundation of the United Arab Emirates up to the mid-1970s. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

News

Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre Opens Submissions for Kanz Al Jeel Award 2024

Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre Opens Submissions for Kanz Al Jeel Award 2024

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Kanz Al Jeel Award Higher Committee Meets to Review Judging Panel Recommendations for the 2nd Edition 2023

Kanz Al Jeel Award Higher Committee Meets to Review Judging Panel Recommendations for the 2nd Edition 2023

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Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre announces new members joining Higher Committee for ‘Kanz Al Jeel’ award’s 2nd edition

Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre announces new members joining Higher Committee for ‘Kanz Al Jeel’ award’s 2nd edition

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Events

Al Ain Book Festival

Al Ain Book Festival

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A cultural literary festival celebrating literature, reading, and Emirati writers by offering an enriching experience abound with various cultural and interactive activities targeting youth and focusing on the rich cultural heritage to promote a sense of belonging, creativity, and innovation while enriching Al Ain City and elevating it on the stage of exhibitions and events.

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Kanz Al Jeel

Kanz Al Jeel

Kanz Al Jeel is an award launched by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC) to honour Nabati poetry pieces, folklore studies, and research by scholars and creators whose works represent the heritage of Nabati poetry and its inherent values.

 

The award draws its name from one of Sheikh Zayed’s renowned works underlining his great legacy in the world of poetry and creativity. The award also aims to promote creativity and critical thinking in order to create a poetic, critical, and artistic movement that will make Sheikh Zayed’s creative experience a focal point for new forms of creativity.

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