Our Courageous National Hero


Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Shereen Shabnam

Heroes go above and beyond what is expected of them and when it comes to heroes of war, they risk their life and limb to protect their country.  Hence, their battle is not self-serving which makes everything they do in the line of duty acts of bravery.

Our very own gallant hero in this issue is Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who was injured badly following a helicopter crash landing in Yemen with his fellow countrymen. His fate did not stop him from staying positive and despite the circumstances, he fought the pain and the discomfort to survive the ordeal and keep a brave face on for this colleagues in battle.

The sacrifices our soldiers make when they go into service does not go unnoticed by the rulers of the United Arab Emirates. Well-wishers of the courageous Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan came from far and near to meet with him and give him hope in support which reflects the friendship, camaraderie between the local Emirati families.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai both visited Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan at Al Bahar Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan was acknowledged and thanked for his service alongside other servicemen after he returned to the UAE after months of medical treatment and although he still using a wheelchair, he is in great spirits and as committed to serving his country as before in spirit and as a symbol of hope.

A member with strong links and connections with the ruling family, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan is the 27-year-old grandson of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE. His commitment to the nation is reflected in the tasks he took to protect his country and his colleagues when he took position in the armed forces and also on the journey the day he got injured.

Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan was among the three soldiers injured in the crash that took place in Yemen. There were four soldiers martyred and two others were injured after the helicopter in which Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan was travelling in crash-landed following a technical failure.

The servicemen were in Yemen as part of the UAE Armed Forces’ efforts to combat Al Qaeda in the area. Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan was badly injured and the recovery after the incident took a long time as well.

After the incident, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan has become a role model and an inspiration to other nationals in his generation and his sacrifice is noticed and respected by the Emirati youth and other brave soldiers who go to the battlefield to protect their people and make their country proud.

Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan studied at the Royal Military College of Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. Despite having professional qualifications to select a career of his choice, he rose to the challenge his country faced and was honoured to respond to the call of the UAE Armed Forces.

All the soldiers are brave individuals and are a source of pride and glory to their countries and Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan and his peers have set wonderful examples of courage, love and allegiance for their country. It is not an easy task and takes years of training and a lot of hard work to get tough enough to be part of the army.

Looking at his instagram photos, we notice that Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan is in good spirits and remains positive with his winning smile. His friendly disposition and warm personality comes across in the images even when he was in the hospital and on the wheel chair. Such is a trait of a person who is strong inside as much as he is strong physically.

It is evident that Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan is proud of the battles he has fought, the pain he has endured and the challenges he has overcome that has made him a hero in the eyes of the leaders who commanded the fight to protect the nation from threat.

Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan’s outlook on life post his injury gives a confidence boost to the young soldiers who see the benefits of all the gruelling training they go through to become better soldiers. His personal demeanor and outlook of life post his recovery shows the positive nature of his personality and this has made him an inspiration for all of us.

Without the training and skills, surviving is difficult under tough conditions and one can never know what lies ahead but there is comfort in being fully prepared. Every battle fought has the risk of unforeseen circumstances and the best thing to do is to be prepared and expect the worst to happen. In some ways, it makes the worst circumstances more bearable and we are very proud of the way Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan has dealt with the circumstances he had to face.

The nation is happy to have Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan back in the UAE as he continues to be an inspiration and a role model to all the patriotic sons of this blessed nation.

Our team at the Millionaire Group wishes Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan the very best in his future endeavours and hope to see him successful in the next creative and inspirational journey he sets in motion to inspire the younger generation.