Marking the centennial anniversary of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,who died in 2004, His Highness, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the current President has declared that 2018 will be known as the Year of Zayed. Numerous activities are underway in the U.A.E. and globally to share the legacy of Sheikh Zayed.
In commemoration of the Year of Zayed, Don Victor Mooney, of Queens, New York will cycle thru New York City’s Boroughs, which include the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. In each borough he plans to plant a tree in memory of Sheikh Zayed love of the earth. Intermittently, he’ll make stops and share the legacy of Zayed.
In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme honored Sheikh Zayed posthumously with the ‘Champion of the Earth’ award for his outstanding wildlife conservation, agriculture, forestation, and preserving biodiversity efforts both inside the U.A.E. and around the world.
Shortly afterwards, Don Victor Mooney will fly to U.A.E. where he’ll embark on a second bike tour from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, with seven ghaf trees the national tree of the U.A.E. in tow. He hopes to culminate his journey at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, where he ended his first U.A.E. bike tour that took him thru all seven emirates in 2007.
The seven ghaf trees will symbolize and celebrate Sheikh Zayed vision of uniting all seven Emirates, said Don Victor Mooney.