Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was on Tuesday re-elected President of the UAE for a second five-year term by Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.
Shaikh Khalifa first rose to the Presidency in 2004 after the death of his father, Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who founded the UAE in 1971.
Senior officials paid rich tributes to Shaikh Khalifa, who committed himself to continuing in the footsteps of his father.
"The UAE continues to thrive and witness unabated growth in all areas, thanks to the visionary leadership of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan," said Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Red Crescent Authority (RCA).
He said the country has weathered the global economic crisis due to the wise and visionary leadership of Shaikh Khalifa and the Supreme Council Members.
"The UAE is making rapid and enormous progress under the leadership of Shaikh Khalifa. The holistic development of all emirates simultaneously underlines Shaikh Khalifa's sincere determination to secure a decent life to both emiratis and other residents,'' Shaikh Hamdan said.
Two years after becoming President, Shaikh Khalifa organised the UAE's first elections, when electoral colleges chose half of the 40 members of the Federal National Council, while the other 20 were selected by the Rulers.
Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, said Shaikh Khalifa laid the stable foundations of the UAE's foreign policy, completing the steps taken by Shaikh Zayed.
The UAE, under the leadership of Shaikh Khalifa, is walking confidently on the path of progress in political, economic and social spheres, he added.
Hadef Bin Juan Al Daheri, Minister of Justice said Shaikh Khalifa helped move the UAE into a new era of empowerment, strategies and nation-building.
"Shaikh Khalifa contributed significantly to developing infrastructure across the UAE, improving services and is looking forward to a promising future through a steady increase in the budget's spending especially in education, health, economy and culture."
September 18, 1966: He was appointed as Representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in the Eastern Province and Chairman of the Tribunals.
February 1, 1969: Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was appointed Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
July 1, 1971: Appointed Prime Minister of Abu Dhabi and Minister of Defence and Finance.
December 2, 1971: Following the establishment of the United Arab Emirates, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed was appointed Federal Prime Minister.
May 1976: Appointed Deputy Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the UAE’s Armed Forces.
12/05/1998: Went on a historic visit to the United States that includes the UAE’s acquisition of 80 F-16 fighter jets.
15/3/06: Issues a decree on the ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption
11/11/06: Issues Federal Law on combating human trafficking.
2/7/07: Issues a law establishing Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation for Charitable Works.
14/11/07 : Establishes Emirates Investment Authority to manage assets of the federal government.
13/01/08: Holds talks with US President George W. Bush, in the presence of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
23/3/08: Orders the allocation Dh16 billion to develop infrastructure in the northern emirates.
3/11/08: Holds talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Abu Dhabi.
15/12/08: Receives Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and discuss bilateral relations.
18/4/09: Law no. 6 of 2009 issued cappeing rent increases in Abu Dhabi at five per cent
14/4/09: visits and tours Dubai. Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum accompanies Shaikh Khalifa.
26/5/09: Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy
8/7/09: issues a decree approving the establishent of a Etihad Trains Company
4/8/09: Named by Newsweek magazine among the 50 most powerful people in the world
6/10/2009: issues Federal Law No 6 of 2009, setting up a nuclear regulatory body to monitor the peaceful use of atomic energy