Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi is the first to read the historic statement of the founding of the United Arab Emirates on December 2, 1971. He then went on to become the first UAE Foreign Minister and was the most prominent adviser to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for several years until he was appointed as the personal representative of the UAE President.
"With the help of the Almighty Allah, and in response to the wishes of our Arab people, we, the rulers of the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujaira, have decided to establish a federal state under the name of (The United Arab Emirates). As we extend this pleasant news to the honorable Arab people, we pray to the Almighty Allah that this Federation can be the nucleus of a comprehensive union that accommodate the rest of the family members of the brotherly emirate whose present circumstances didn’t enable it to sign this Constitution."
Ahmed Bin Khalifa Al Suwaidi
On behalf of the UAE Rulers
December 2, 1971