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  • 50 Dirhams 2005, KM# 98, United Arab Emirates, Khalifa, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, Mother of the Nation
  • 50 Dirhams 2005, KM# 98, United Arab Emirates, Khalifa, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, Mother of the Nation
Description

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, the third wife of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the UAE, is widely regarded as the "Mother of the UAE" and "Mother of the Nation." Born in Al-Hayer, Al Ain, she is a strong advocate for women's rights and education, significantly contributing to the establishment of the Family Development Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Society for the Awakening of Women in 1976. As the head of the UAE's General Women's Union since 1975 and the President of the Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council, she has led numerous initiatives, including promoting girls' education and adult literacy. Sheikha Fatima has also supported women in sports through awards and the establishment of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Academy. Internationally recognized, she has received multiple awards for her efforts in women's rights and education, including honors from the UN and UNESCO. Married to Sheikh Zayed in 1960, she is the mother of Sheikh Mohamed, the current President of the UAE, and several other influential members of the Al Nahyan family.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the second president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi from November 2004 until his death in May 2022, was the eldest son of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE's first president. He played a key role as crown prince in the late 1990s due to his father's health issues, and officially assumed leadership in Abu Dhabi in 2004. During his tenure, he oversaw Abu Dhabi's cultural and academic expansion, including the establishment of institutions like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways. Under his presidency, the UAE became a significant economic force, and Khalifa was known for his pro-Western stance, deftly navigating regional politics and strengthening ties with the United States and Israel. Despite a stroke in 2014, he remained involved in ceremonial duties, with his half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, handling day-to-day affairs. Khalifa's death in 2022 marked the succession of his brother, Mohamed.

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan facing right, wearing a traditional cloak and headpiece, denomination below portrait enclosed by inscriptions in Arabic "His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan" above and "President of the United Arab Emirates" below.

The traditional men's headwear in some Middle Eastern areas consists of three components: a knitted skull-cap known as the "keffiyeh," (also referred to as a ghutrah, shemagh, or ḥaṭṭah) a large cotton headscarf, typically plain white or with a red-and-white checkered pattern, called the "ghutra," and a black cord named the "agal," which secures the ghutra in place.

الشيخ زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان
٥٠ درهماً
SHAIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL-NAHYAN

Reverse

Depicts the logo of "Mother of Nation" (an inscription as a big rose with more petals) within a circle in the center enclosed by inscriptions of the event in Arabic and English.

الشيخة فاطمة بنت مبارك
أم الإمارات - تكريمك فخر لنا جميعاً
أم
الإمارات
2005
Honoring - Mother of the Nation
Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 40 g
Diameter 40 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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