The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was born in Al Ain city in 1918. His early days in Al Ain, which is surrounded by desert, made him an esteemed leader who was known for his magnanimity, broad–mindedness, perseverance, far-sightedness and wisdom. He was considered a sage for the Arabs. He became Ruler of Al Ain in 1946 and, thanks to his direction, the first school opened in Al Ain in 1959. He formed the United Arab Emirates in December 1971 and made it rank among the world’s most advanced countries.