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The qualities of a hero include selflessness, having the inspiration to be a founder and being courageous. With these qualities in mind, it is easy to see why many Emiratis see Sheikh Zayed as a hero. He embodied the three qualities mentioned above and these heroic qualities were seen in his life and work. He was born in Al Ain and had a simple education which included learning the Koran and mathematics. His education also involved activities which tested his courage such as hunting, spending long hours in the desert, often without food or water. His father was also a leader so Sheikh Zayed was also destined to become a leader. It is certain that he
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Thirdly, while being a selfless founder a true hero also has courage. Reynolds (2001) illustrates how courage is the most important part of being a hero. He describes how this is the one heroic attribute that defines a hero and which the hero can not do without. Sheikh Zayed showed great courage by leading his country into something new and unknown once his country found oil. His heroic courage is shown by his faith in the future and his country’s ability to grow rich. He had to have courage to start spending the money that was coming into his country and he learnt an example of how important this courage was from his brother Shackbut who was not brave enough to start spending the money that oil brought. Moreover, once Sheikh Zayed had started to develop his country in the early days of the federation, he had to continue with this development, despite the huge challenges that lay ahead. These challenges included the need to bring together leaders of tribes and emirates in order to achieve unity and create his vision. Added to that, not only did he have to have great courage when dealing with people from his own culture, he also needed tremendous mental courage to convey his vision to more developed and established countries. In addition, he unflinchingly met the challenges of meeting highly educated and respected leaders of foreign super-powers, and dealing with them as equals. In conclusion, the hero is embodied in Sheikh Zayed, the brave and
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