H.E Sheikh Rashid bin Aweidha Al Qubaisi (1354 AH - 1930 AD), one of the sons of the Al Qubaisat tribe, and one of the notables of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to being the full name of the founder of the Bin Aweidha Group, which has a role Effective and significant in the march of the United Arab Emirates. A well-known political, economic and media personality, H.E founded in 1973 Al-Wahda newspaper and headed its editor. H.E also held the position of First Vice-President of the Federal National Council for twenty-five years.
H.E Sheikh Rashid is considered as one of the important figures that had a great impact on the history of the United Arab Emirates before the union, as H.E was one of the main members of the delegation sent to Britain, and he is considered one of the leading businessmen in the United Arab Emirates, and his work included commercial agencies for major international companies. It also has many companies working in the fields of contracting, oil, aviation, trade, roads, buildings, printing and publishing services, and others.
On the commercial level
H.E is distinguished in being the head of the first commercial delegation from Abu Dhabi to the United Kingdom and the United States of America, in addition to being the founder of the first bank in Abu Dhabi (the National Bank of Abu Dhabi FAB), H.E also worked as a member of the Arab American Bank, and also worked as a member and founder of the Municipal Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and as a chairman of the committee The first legislature of the United Arab Emirates.
H.E contributed to the development of large projects such as Abu Dhabi Airport and the Old Central Hospital. H.E also established the first daily newspaper in the Emirates, which is (Al Wahda Newspaper). H.E was also one of the loyal men entrusted with communicating the citizen’s requirements to the Abu Dhabi local government, or the federal government.
H.E turned to commercial work, and he was one of the most important businessmen in Abu Dhabi and the Emirates, and the activities of Bin Aweidha emerged in various aspects of commercial, economic and urban life that served the national economy sector, and many brothers benefited from it The Arabs who worked in the jobs that emerged through this pioneering business of Bin Aweidha , which enriched the march National revival.
Sheikh Rashid bin Aweidha Al Qubaisi accompanied His Highness Sheikh / Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the State (may God have mercy on him and forgive him) from the very beginnings in building and establishing the Emirates, and H.E went through many challenges with him during the establishment process, and H.E also accompanied him in various official visits to most countries the world, to attend international meetings and conferences, both political and economic, and this was one of the sincere men entrusted with delivering the requirements of the citizen to the local government of Abu Dhabi.
H.E Sheikh Rashid and his relationship with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Sheikh Rashid was among the young people who devoted themselves and their efforts, since the dawn of the Emirates, to laying the first building blocks for building the nascent country at that time, with the support of the late President of the State, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him. Since that time, the role of Sheikh Rashid bin Aweidha bin Rashid Al Qubaisi has emerged as one of the dignitaries of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and one of the most important businessmen in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The march of Sheikh Rashid bin Aweidha was full of goodness and benevolence, especially since he was credited with building many schools, hospitals, and centers for memorizing the Holy Qur’an, in many Arab and Islamic countries.
On the political level
On the political level, His Excellency Sheikh Rashid bin Aweidha was a member of the Advisory Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, then moved to the Federal National Council, and held the position of First Vice President of the Council for twenty-five years, and had an active and important participation in writing the country’s constitution. His Excellency Sheikh Rashid bin Aweidha Al Qubaisi is considered one of the pioneers of media and businessmen in the United Arab Emirates, who enjoy a rich national march full of giving and sacrifice, in which he was able to provide the country with everything he could with sincerity, love and loyalty.