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Unforgettable statesman
BY INAYAT-UR-RAHMAN January 30, 2016
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Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was more than a path-breaking owner of a media house or an understanding statesman: he was a national icon. On his second death anniversary, leading industry bigwigs in the UAE tell The Gulf Today that he left behind a void that will be hard to fill.
WE surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. Today we observe with great dignity and respect the second death anniversary of the late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam (May his soul rest in peace). He was a national symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab Emirates. He was the youngest Minister for Education and Justice Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. As Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej Dr Abdullah revolutionised the dynamics of the media in the UAE.

The tragic news of his sudden demise two years back left the whole nation and the entire Gulf region in a state of shock.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, mourned the death of Dr Abdullah. Sheikh Mohammed said: “I offer condolences to our people on the death of Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, Emirati loyal son, statesman and renowned mediaperson. Today I lost a dear brother, Abu Khalid, and a loyal friend, known of good conduct, courage, clarity of opinion, intention and sense of belonging and loyalty to his homeland and leadership.”

The void left by his untimely departure is something which will never be filled.

The Gulf Today shares the views of some of his close friends, foreign diplomats and members of the expat community, who are deeply aggrieved over his untimely death. They pay tributes and homage to him and always remember him in their prayers.

May Allah Almighty grant him the highest place in heaven and provide courage to his family members and torch-bearers, including his sons Khalid Abdullah Taryam, Dar Al Khaleej Chairman and Editor in Chief of Al Khaleej newspaper, and Omran Abdullah Taryam, Vice Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej, daughters Amira Taryam, Editor in Chief of Kul Al Usra, and Aysha Taryam, the first Middle Eastern female Editor in Chief of an English language newspaper, The Gulf Today, to bear his great loss and give them strength to move forward their late father’s legacy (Ameen).

Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE
As we observe the second death anniversary of the late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, we are reminded of his dynamic personality who with courage and dedication laid the foundation of objective journalism.

Together with his brother, the late Taryam Omran Taryam, Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam had the unique distinction of founding Dar Al Khaleej. This seedling has now grown into a big media empire and a prominent leader in national journalism.

I can confidently vouch for the fact that Dar Al Khaleej is a shining example of objective journalism. Undoubtedly, the publications pioneered by Dr Abdullah are rendering great service to its readers by imparting credible information and knowledge.

I avail this opportunity to pray to Allah to bless the departed soul of Dr Abdullah in eternal peace and continue to guide the present leadership of Dar Al Khaleej to follow the footprints of its founders (Ameen).

Tanvir Khawaja, President, Pakistan Business Council
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was a media icon and role model in the field of journalism. His sad demise has deeply grieved readers of the publications of Dar Al Khaleej Group.

He contributed to the UAE and Arab media. His death has deprived the media professionals of the United Arab Emirates of a great teacher.

He also set up The Taryam Omran Centre for Media Training and Development, which provides free training to Emirati mediapersons. May Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant him the highest place in Jannat-ul-Ferdos (Ameen).

Dr Ram Buxani, Chairman, ITL-Cosmos Group
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, co-founder of Dar Al Khaleej for Press, Printing and Publishing along with his late brother Taryam Omran devoted his rare life and brought credibility to his chosen field while distancing himself from yellow and commercial journalism. He always found his way to reach out to the common man with his liberal thoughts within the permissible parameters.

Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was one of the pioneers of the national press and established the first private newspaper. This showed the importance he gave to pen and the press. Still, even with the mighty pen in his hand, he loyally followed the national policies of a strong federation and stability within it.

I have always felt that The Gulf Today, founded by Dr Abdullah, is currently one of the most readable papers in the region. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Paras Shahdadpuri, Chairman, Nikai Group of Companies
While we mourn the second death anniversary of the great son of the UAE (late) Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, co-founder of Dar Al Khaleej for Press, Printing and Publishing, we remember him as a pioneering mediaperson who believed in the freedom of expression, free thinking while keeping the interest of the nation supreme. He was a dynamic person with qualities of leadership, statesmanship, courage, nationalism, righteousness, clear thinking and a man of literature. He was a role model for the youth. UAE residents, nationals and expatriates alike will remember him for a long time with utmost respect and as a great son of the UAE. We pray to Allah to grant him peace (Ameen).

Adeeb Ahamad, CEO, Lulu International Exchange
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was a national symbol of the UAE and one of the country’s most respected sons, statesmen and journalists. He constantly promoted the virtues of reason and dialogue through his publications to uphold the truth and dedicated his life to the uplift of society. His passing was a true loss to the nation and on the occasion of his second death anniversary I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family and pray that his legacy shines across generations.

Raja Mohammad Sarfraz, MD, Tanja Engineering
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was a very humble person and a unique personality. He played a major role in the development of the UAE and the establishment of the union together with the founding fathers of the UAE. Losing him has been a great loss for the UAE that cannot be compensated for. He thoroughly loved Pakistanis.

I have personal contacts with the Taryam family for almost three decades and I can ensure he belongs to a very pleasant and promising family. May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace.

Chaudhry Khalid Hussain, President, Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah
My heart grieves over the loss of a great statesman. The late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was a great leader and a game-changer for many of us.  He was a man of vision who worked tirelessly with exemplary steadfastness for the social development of the nation through journalism.

He was very loyal and hardworking. His efforts to promote English and Arab media are laudable. We salute his efforts in the field of culture and media. He is still alive in our hearts. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and give strength to his immediate family members to move forward their late father’s legacy (Ameen).

Masood Ahmed, Vice President, Braiform for Middle East and Africa

A million words or tears cannot bring anyone back but one cannot stop his or her heart from remembering the loved ones.

One such great human is (the late) Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam (also known as Abu Khalid among his friends and in family circles); the co-founder of Dar Al Khaleej for Press, Printing and Publishing, who left for his heavenly abode two years back.

Dr Abdullah was a very loyal statesman of the homeland. He was a ‘National Icon,’ who played a key role in forming the Union of the United Arab Emirates and occupied several positions in the government from his youth, including being the Minister for Education and Minister for Justice.

Dr Abdullah, as the Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej, not only reformed the dynamics of media in the country but also contributed in constituting a prestigious media group at the local and regional levels.

Dr Abdullah has been an amazing friend, a caring father and a passionate mediaperson and above all, a loyal Emirati and a remarkable human being.

We miss him a lot and pray that his soul continues to rest in Paradise by the grace of Almighty Allah (Ameen).

Mumtaz Khan Yousufzai, a leading Pakistani businessman and social worker
It is true that we all are born to die but the sad demise of (late) Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam two years back is a great loss to the nation, journalist fraternity and society. He will always be remembered for the great legacy he is leaving behind for journalism and the way forward to the youth. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and grant him the highest place in Jannat-ul-Ferdos (Ameen).

Saad Elsayed, Media Consultant and owner of MTC Media & Translation
The late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam was one of the intellectual pioneers in the UAE and co-founder of Dar Al Khaleej. He was one of the pioneers of the national press. He and his late brother Taryam Omran Taryam established the first private newspaper in the country.

He was a national symbol who contributed to the UAE union and was a member of the delegation that paved the way for the British departure from the Gulf in 1971.

He subsequently served as Minister of Education, and later as Minister of Justice. He introduced many important reforms in the fields of education and justice during his tenure.

A character like him cannot be forgotten easily; history will remember him as an intellectual forever.

Al Khaleej, The Gulf Today  and many other publications of Dar Al Khaleej are signs of his efforts to revolutionise the media in the UAE and across the Arab world. May Allah Almighty grant him the highest places in Jannat-ul-Ferdos (Ameen).

Malik Amer Naveed, Bureau Chief, DIN NEWS Dubai
The late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam is a legend who cannot be forgotten and cannot be erased from the memory of everyone who dealt with him.

His untimely departure is a big loss to the media sector of the Arab region. He was very loyal to his country and played a key role in the UAE carving a niche in the whole world.

He added, “Two years have passed since the demise of Dr Abdullah, but his memory is still fresh in the hearts of all those who love him, because he was a man of thought and pen, policy and administration, education, journalism and media. He left his imprint on each of these fields.”

May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and grant him the highest place in Jannat-ul-Ferdos (Ameen).

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