Book of Sheikh Zayed’s most im­por­tant words is trans­lated into Ger­man

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Acom­pi­la­tion of Sheikh Zayed’s in­sights has been trans­lated to Ger­man. The

book is ti­tled Auswahl An Ausspruchen Von: Sheikh Zayed bin

Sul­tan Al Nahyan – with the English ver­sion called Words of a Leader: Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan.

The hard­back book is split into var­i­ous top­ics, with the Found­ing Fa­ther’s in­sights on top­ics such as the im­por­tant role of women in UAE so­ci­ety, the mean­ing of brother­hood and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Shar­jah Ruler Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi at­tended the of­fi­cial launch of the book on Wed­nes­day as part of his wider visit to the Frank­furt In­ter­na­tional Book Fair.

Ab­dul­lah Al Ali, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor from Depart­ment of Cul­ture and Tourism Abu Dhabi’s Na­tional Li­brary Sec­tor, told The Na­tional that launch­ing the book as part of the world’s big­gest book fair was an im­por­tant mo­ment.

“This is part of a wider roll­out, which has al­ready seen the book trans­lated into English, French, Span­ish and now Ger­man,” Al Ali says.

“We have Rus­sian, Hindi and a Chi­nese edi­tion com­ing up, so we are very ex­cited about that. This book is for those who were not born dur­ing his time and who haven’t heard him speak.”

The chal­lenge was in try­ing to cap­ture all of his qual­i­ties within the say­ings at­trib­uted to him. We re­searched deeply and we pre­sented state­ments, with him giv­ing his ob­ser­va­tions on a va­ri­ety of top­ics, from com­mu­nity to ed­u­ca­tion.”

Al Ali says read­ers will be im­pressed by the in­clu­sive and pro­gres­sive out­look Sheikh Zayed held. “As well as unit­ing the UAE, he had an in­ter­na­tional out­look and was very con­cerned about our hu­man­i­tar­ian work, and main­tain­ing ties with other na­tions.”

An­other as­pect that came up in the re­search for the book, Al Ali says, was Sheikh Zayed’s views on the im­por­tance of fe­male ed­u­ca­tion.

“As far back as 1971, since the for­ma­tion of the coun­try, he was adamant on Emi­rati women get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion. And you can see the re­sult of that now, with many Emi­rati women suc­cess­ful in var­i­ous fields, as well as be­ing min­is­ters in our govern­ment.”

On a per­sonal note, he says that Sheikh Zayed’s phi­los­o­phy in­spires him, too, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing his role is akin to a cul­tural am­bas­sador.

“His mes­sage deeply res­onates with me and many of my col­leagues,” he says. “They live on and light the way for­ward for us.”

Saeed Al Tu­naiji of DCT Abu Dhabi, with Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Shar­jah, and Ab­dul­lah Al Ali of DCT Abu Dhabi’s Na­tional Li­brary sec­tion at the launch of the Ger­man trans­la­tion of Sheikh Zayed’s in­sights

Depart­ment of Cul­ture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

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