Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, praised pupils as they began their new school year.
"As classes resume in schools across the UAE, let us say thank you to every student, teacher and parent," he wrote.
Sheikh Mohamed wrote on social media to praise everyone involved for overcoming recent challenges.
Speaking on the day lessons began at most schools across the Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed thanked pupils, teachers and parents for their resilience in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and for their dedication to education.
"Your adaptability and determination to overcome recent challenges ensured that education never stopped," he said. "And it never will.
"We wish you all the best for the new academic year."