The Sultan bin Zayed Cultural and Media Center (CMC) has revealed the Largest ID card in the World holding UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's name and picture as part the national initiative ‘Khalifa in World's Languages’.
The launch of the card, which was recognised by Guinness World Records, coincided with the UAE's 41st National Day.
Abdullah Al Muhairbi, Undersecretary of the President Representative's Court, unveiled the feat card in a glittering ceremony staged at the Emirates Palace.
Addressing the gathering, Al Muhairbi said: ''On this day which extends our celebration of the 41st National Day, we are honoured to reveal this National ID card which has now entered the Guinness Book of World Records as it is also considered the first idea of its kind in the book.
The mega, record-breaking card expresses our love, gratitude and loyalty to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.''
Musbeh Al Mismari, Director of Corporate Services and Support Sector, Emirates Identity Authority, the main sponsor of the ‘Khalifa in World Languages’, said the Emirates ID's engagement in the national initiative aims at shedding the light on the importance of the ID card project and consolidating the concept of citizenship among the individuals of the society, thereby underscoring the Emirates ID's role in rendering the ID card the most valuable and important card in the UAE and developing a world-class services organisation.
Regional director of Guinness World Records, Talal Omar, said that the idea came from the Sultan bin Zayed Culture and Media Centre and is an identical copy of the original National ID card which meets all the standards required to break the world record.
The card is 1.4 metres long and 0.86 metres wide making it almost 20 times the size of the original National ID card.
According to the Guinness representative, the UAE is in the lead among its Middle Eastern counterparts as it currently holds 110 world records.
President receives GCC Secretary General
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received at Al Rawda Palace today Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, GCC.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, was also present.
The GCC Secretary-General conveyed his congratulations and best wishes to the Head of the State on the occasion of the 41st National Day, expressing his hope that the UAE leadership, government and people would enjoy further progress and prosperity under his wise leadership.
During the meeting, Sheikh Khalifa was briefed on the preparations for the 33rd GCC Summit, to be held in Manama, Bahrain, later this month, and efforts to support the development of GCC joint action towards broader horizons, thus strengthening the work of the Council.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa noted that the UAE sought to support the GCC progress in AE's keenness in various fields, expressing his best wishes for the success of the forthcoming summit in Manama.
For his part, Al Zayani expressed his confidence that the summit would be an important milestone and a turning point in the GCC march toward the future, serving the common interests of the peoples of its member countries. He welcomed the President's support for the future progress of the Council and for enhancing its achievements in various fields.
The meeting was attended by a number of other Sheikhs, ministers and senior state officials.
Khalifa receives copy of Al-Pachachi's book, Qatari invitation to attend UN Climate Change Conference
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been presented by the author with a copy of the book '' Adnan Al-Pachachi in the Eye of Storm." Dr Al-Pachachi, a former Iraqi Foreign Minister, worked for many years in the UAE.
Accepting the book, the President said that it represented a chronicle of bright chapters in the history of the UAE, through the author's personal experience in and service to the country. Expressing his wishes for Dr. Al-Pachachi's good health and success, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa added that the UAE respects and values the contributions made to the development of the country by those who have served in their respective positions and according to their capabilities.
In response, Al-Pachachi, said that he was delighted to be able to give to the President the first copy of his book, adding: "I am presenting my personal experiences to the loyal people of the UAE, for whom I have deep respect. I hope that the book will be useful to the generations to come."
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, and a number of other Sheikhs and senior officials were present.
Meanwhile, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa also received an invitation from Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 18) being hosted in Doha.
The invitation was delivered to Sheikh Khalifa during an audience today at Al Rawdha Palace in Al Ain by Abdullah Mohammed Al Othman, Qatari Ambassador to the UAE, in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, and other Sheikhs and officials.