02 November, 2007

3rd Death Anniversary - Shaikh Zayed in our hearts




Millions of eyes cried
When on this day you went away

Your legend will last for eternity
O, Father of the UAE

Shaikh Zayed in our hearts
Forever and always

May your soul rest in heavenly peace.

Special coverage: Zayed Remembered (Gulf News)
Shaikh Zayed: A special tribute (uaeinteract.com)

44 comments:

Cinderella said...

Ameen.

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khaled-ad said...

It took me at least a year till I realized that he passed away. He is one of his kind.He would never let any Emirati be humiliated by anyone. He experienced the hard times and that's why he knew exactly his people's needs.

Anonymous said...

He was the best arab leader to his people and others, in my opinion.

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mansoor bayan said...

khaled-ad.
what do u mean by "he would never ever let any emirati be humiliated"? what does that say about Khalifa then?? i would like 2 know.
much obligied.

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Me said...

Millions!?? Did you count all Indian and Pakistani labors and small retail shop owners that were/are oppressed, too? With them, I agree, they make millions but I don't think they cried. But I can say, no one was happy.

Any ways, UAE does not have a million of nationals. It is such a small country.

abdulhakim from doha said...

forever in our hearts?of course! but , i think ,even though it is heartbreaking, we all knew he wasn't immortal. so why not think of all the good& nice things he did for his citizens.houses,roads,i could go on.
again, it is sad,& we will never forget yr kindness & what not.
take care, father zayed & rest assured, son khalifa is doing yr job to the best of his abilities(& to b honest,that's all we can ask for)
salaams!

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Anonymous said...

I really don't think nick is that smart.
But he certainly raises enough controversy to start of debates.

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khaled-ad said...

Khalifa is also such a great and generous ruler,but unfortunately from what i heard he is not as healthy as when Sheik zayed was in his age.

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david santos said...

My friend, Please!

Send an email to the Brazil embassj your country and repor the injustice that the brazilian courts are making with this girl
Release on Flavia’s accident and status of the process.

The resignation is to stop the evolution. (David Santos in times without end)

Thank you

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MD said...

I'm so glad you posted this, i*.

Allah yr7ama Baba Zayed. There's no one like him and he can never be replaced. May he be blessed with Paradise. Ameen.

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samuraisam said...

Ok; can everyone please have a nice cup of STFU and respect the topic at hand and keep to it. Any more retarded comments and I'll just disable commenting on this post.

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Omar said...

You don't have to like a person but even the most civilized of people have respect for others. Respect the late leader! After all it is his vision which gave you a country 'UAE' to earn and crib from.

May his soul rest in peace!

Don't see any other country wishing for its late leaders, other than the thought - it was a gud thing they passed on! So much for all the cribbers out there!

If you don't like the UAE so much - I'm sure you are better off searching for the 'Iceland Community Blog' which wud value your comments more!

nick said...

samuraisam,

You are a sanctimonious do-gooding little prick.

I reserve for myself and assorted anonymous assholes the right to make uncensored contributions to a community blog and the right of generally making fools of ourselves (esp. Al-republican) by exercising our very own freedom of speech in this little oasis of liberty we have, aka community blog.

What I don't need is censorship. Nobody has appointed you watchdog.

By imposing self-censorship you become nothing but a pathetic little shill for Dubai Inc.

Get lost if you don't like it (the comments, that is).

Anonymous said...

I grew up in UAE... and have been here for more than 25 yrs... In my growing up years when Shk Zayed was around I felt included in this country... Though not a UAE national...I still considered UAE my country; it's anthem, my national anthem...and Shk Zayed - my father of nation... I was so proud of him for being a good and a compassionate President... Sadly after his demise a lot has changed... I miss Shk Zayed. May his soul rest in peace!

samuraisam said...

nick: With all due respect-- You're not the one that has to sift through 3 tons of bullshit in their inbox when a comment like yours is dropped (the previous one, that is); you're not the one people will come to when a dead ruler is defamed.

If the discussion was at all about something current I'd be a bit more forgiving, but you're arguing about a deceased person; that's almost as pointless as having a discussion about religion and taking whatever liberties people have today on this blog and throwing them out the window. If even once someone gets involved from high up with the comments on this blog it will never be the same again, and you'll never be able to make any comments that you currently do.

Kyle said...

but you're arguing about a deceased person; that's almost as pointless as having a discussion about religion and taking whatever liberties people have today on this blog and throwing them out the window.

I agree. If I wanted to put this up, I would have done so at my own blog where I'd be in total control. I wouldn't put it up on the Community Blog where admin. intervention becomes relevant to clean up derogatory remarks posted by some sickos, as evident here from the clean-up.

Anyway, may the late ruler rest in peace.

nick said...

samuraisam,

There was nothing defamatory about my comment, or any other that I read before you removed them.

Yes, why not have a discussion about a dead person - if it throws up questions of mindless idolatry for instance - which has relevance to the present day.

To clarify this, I have and had nothing against the late Sheikh.

What I find appalling is the cloudy eyed and uncritical sentimentality he is afforded by people who idolize 'leaders' who wouldn't stand half a chance in a democracy to be elected.

That is idiocy and deserves piss taking on a grand scale.

Kyle said...

"One of the prerogatives of American citizenship is the right to criticize public men and measures -- and that means not only informed and responsible criticism but the freedom to speak foolishly and without moderation” – Justice Felix Frankfurter, 1944

Nick – I don’t think the ability to speak one’s mind and even more so foolishly, as advocated above; applies in this instance.

This, taking into consideration a place, which advocates ‘free speech’ in terms of words without any enforcing significance thereafter!

You and I can both criticize on a grand scale – of course in our respective domains – without risk or fear of prosecution. Unfortunately, when we are in a society where 'free speech' is just a namesake, I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a rain check and refrain from getting my ass kicked.

I hope you dig what I’m saying – the point being it’s just not worth it!

Anonymous said...

A blackout has been ordered with regards this strike in Dubai
Asian workers‭' ‬strike prompts Emirates to start considering
minimum wage
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DUBAI‭, ‬United Arab Emirates‭ (‬AP‭) _ ‬A strike of about
40,000‭ ‬Asian construction workers in Dubai‭ _ ‬in its fifth
day Monday‭ _ ‬has prompted the government to order ministers
and construction firms to review salaries and possibly set
a minimum wage in an effort to avert turmoil on the labor
market‭.‬
The workers have refused to work at a hotel site that is
part of the world's tallest skyscraper being built in this
booming Gulf city‭, ‬complaining of low salaries‭, ‬soaring
coast of living and poor working conditions‭.‬
The strike‭, ‬one of the most crippling in Dubai's
construction frenzy‭, ‬has triggered a labor crisis of sorts
in this desert city-state that markets itself as a top
business and luxury tourist hub in the Middle East‭.‬
It has prompted the government to announce the creation of
a joint salary reviewing committee‭, ‬made up of labor
ministry's officials and construction companies‭'‬
representatives‭.‬
The move‭, ‬reported by the state WAM news agency late
Sunday‭, ‬was a clear indication the Emirates is taking
critical note of the worker's grievances and not dismissing
it as just a problem for the private sector‭.‬
Venu Rajamany‭, ‬India's Consul General in Dubai‭, ‬said a
government-set minimum wage looked increasingly probable‭.‬
He has been closely involved in negotiations among the
striking workers‭, ‬labor ministry and Arabtec construction
company which is behind the Burj Dubai hotel project‭.‬
‮+‬Setting a minimum wage could be one of the solutions to
the problem‭,‬؛‭ ‬Rajamany said‭. ‬‮+‬When the labor ministry
comes up with a figure after consultations with companies‭,‬
that figure will be a benchmark bellow which no company can
go‭.‬؛
A minimum wage would be an unprecedented step for the
Emirates‭, ‬which has long depended on cheap imported labor
for its capitalist boom‭.‬
Calls to Arabtec representatives and company human
resources officials placed by The Associated Press were not
returned Monday‭. ‬A Dubai construction giant‭, ‬Arabtec is
also building two high-rise residential towers in Dubai's
financial district‭, ‬penthouses on the beach front and
villas in the desert‭.‬
The 40,000‭ ‬Asian workers vowed to remain put in the 26
labor camps scattered around seven semiautonomous Emirati
states‭, ‬until their salaries are raised by at least US$55
‭(‬‮$‬38‭).‬
The company is currently paying unskilled workers US$109
‭(‬‮$‬75‭) ‬a month while skilled ones get US$163‭ (‬‮$‬113‭).‬
‮+‬We are fed up with these conditions‭. ‬We need an
immediate pay raise‭,‬؛‭ ‬said Mohammed Aslam‭, ‬28-year-old
worker from Bangladesh‭.‬
Strikes are illegal in the Emirates and unions are banned‭,‬
but the Asian workers protest has persisted despite threats
of detentions‭.‬
Last week‭, ‬4,000‭ ‬Asian workers employed with the Pauling
Middle East Company LLC‭, ‬a general contracting company
working on Dubai's different landmark projects‭, ‬were
detained when their strike over low salaries and harsh
working conditions turned into unrest‭.‬
About 160‭ ‬of them‭, ‬suspected of damaging police vehicles
with stones‭, ‬remain in jail‭, ‬facing legal action and
possibly deportation‭.‬
The 40,000‭ ‬Asian workers strike comes as contractors
struggle to find laborers to complete their ambitious
projects‭, ‬after more than 300,000‭ ‬workers returned to Asia
in the last three months‭.‬
Emirates‭' ‬undersecretary of labor‭, ‬Humaid bin Deemas‭, ‬was
quoted by WAM as saying that a‭ ‬‮+‬study will be prepared in
the next few days؛‭ ‬to ensure workers‭' ‬rights and protect
the interests of companies‭.‬
Bin Deemas insisted‭ ‬‮+‬all workers must receive full wages
without any deductions؛‭ ‬and rejected‭ ‬‮+‬excuses given by
some companies for their practice of withholding workers‭'‬
wages‭.‬؛
The workers also complain of delayed salaries and that
companies randomly deduce their pay for transportation‭,‬
vacation or sick days‭.‬
Bin Deemas said such practice was illegal and‭ ‬‮+‬an
unacceptable form of exploitation‭.‬؛‭ ‬However‭, ‬he gave no
indication if and when the striking workers would get their
raises‭. ‬On Sunday‭, ‬the workers refused a company offer to
increase their wage in two months‭.‬
‮+‬We cannot wait‭,‬؛‭ ‬said a worker in the Jabal Ali labor
camp‭. ‬He refused to give his name because he fears
reprisals‭. ‬‮+‬We will return to work only after our demands
are met‭.‬؛
He said he shares a room with 12‭ ‬men and a bathroom with
59‭ ‬workers‭. ‬They have no health insurance and no paid
leave‭, ‬and have to scuffle with each other to get on a bus
to bring them back to their camp after a 12-hour workday‭.‬
Too few buses shuttle between construction sites and labor
camps‭, ‬so workers wait for hours to get home‭.‬
Sitting in front of a supermarket at the labor camp‭,‬
36-year-old Bal Raj‭, ‬an Arabtec worker who has three
children back home in India and is on strike‭, ‬spent his
last coins on a cup of tea‭.‬
‮+‬From now on‭, ‬I don't know how I will survive‭,‬؛‭ ‬Raj
said‭. ‬

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Anonymous said...

Wtf? Move on, all men die

ColOman said...

whats with all the deletions??? is it that sensetive that its all blocked out??

jared said...
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samuraisam said...

coloman: Yes and no; most of these deleted comments are me targeting a certain moron who drops by here near enough every fking day and leaves one line comments which make absolutely no sense (like this: "ine said...
etc,etc,etc.")

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