Unknown Facts About Sheikh Zayed Revealed In New, Epic Book

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

The life and vision of Sheikh Zayed for the UAE is the subject of a new book released today.

A Tale of a Hundred Years – Zayed’s Vision of the Future is a project of Al Bayt Mitwahid Association in collaboration with the National Archives.

The book traces the country’s evolution as founded on the late leader’s concept of a nation that is progressive, sustainable and inclusive.

Readers will gain valuable insights through first-hand accounts from people, interviews and excerpts from Sheikh Zayed, never-before seen pictures, and statistical figures and info graphics – all presented in easy to read and understand layout.

Here are six interesting facts that we learned from the book…

  • In 1948, Sheikh Zayed ordered the construction of Falaj Al-Saruj irrigation system in Al Ain. This is one of first projects he implemented in Al Ain as governor of Abu Dhabi’s Eastern Region.

  • Despite conflicting reports, which continues to this day, the book confirms that Sheikh Zayed was born in Abu Dhabi not Al Ain in 1918.

  • The founding father always knew the value of education. In 1960, he established the first government-run school, Al Nahyania, in Al Ain, followed by the first all-girls school in 1962.

  • Shiekh Zayed inaugurated the first GCC Summit in 1981 in Abu Dhabi.

  • An order from the UAE’s founding father in 1984 stated that public and private buildings and facilities across the country must incorporate Islamic character in their design.


  • The UAE was among the first countries in the world to draft an anti-money laundering law, thanks to a law issued by Sheikh Zayed in 2002 citing the act as a criminal offence.


To view A Tale of Hundred Years – Zayed’s Vision of the Future in digital format, visit www.albaytmitwahid.ae


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