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أThe year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding
Father of the UAE, who passed away in 2004. To commemorate this historic national occasion, His Highness
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates has declared that 2018 will
officially be known in the UAE as the Year of Zayed. The Year of Zayed will feature a series of events
and initiatives in the UAE and internationally, designed to commemorate the memory of the late Sheikh
Zayed, and showcase his impact and legacy, and promote the values that he displayed throughout his life
in creative and interactive ways. Consistent with the values of the late Sheikh Zayed, it is intended
that the Year of Zayed will involve people of all ages, nationalities, faiths and backgrounds in the
UAE and internationally. The Year of Zayed is being coordinated by the Founder’s Office and Local Committees
for the Year of Zayed established in each Emirate; all under the guidance of the Higher National Committee
for the Year of Zayed.
To highlight the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, may his soul rest in peace, by creating stories inspired by the
values of Zayed, may his soul rest in peace, strengthening national identity and learning about the history
of the UAE, in cooperation with the National Archives.
The program seeks to activate the role of Zayed the Leader and highlight his leadership skills in order to activate
sports activities and programs in schools through student leaderships. The students will be trained to organize
and manage sports events in their schools and communities in an innovative manner.
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul in peace, paid significant attention to sport
and encouraged the UAE people to exercise. He had also been an athlete and a role model for generations.
This role will be highlighted by the UAE school championships that will be held in the UAE.
The Year of Zayed 2018 national competitions for robotics, programming, and artificial intelligence come within
the framework of the Ministry of Education's plan to develop and adopt national competitions according to
international competitions standards. We aim to instill competitiveness and creative thinking among students
and involve them in international competitions in robotics, programming, and artificial intelligence.
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