Thursday, November 3, 2016 was a day of celebration and pride as expats and citizens of the United Arab Emirates alike celebrated Flag Day.
This day commemorates the anniversary of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan‘s assumption of office as the leader of the country on November 3, 2004.
Celebrations were held throughout the seven Emirates of the UAE, including the flag raising ceremony below where Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, was joined by 20,000 students from more than 120 nationalities.
The UAE flag is full of meaning and pride; it is a symbol of the rich heritage and bright future of the United Arab Emirates. You can learn more about the specifics of the flag and what each element means in the article “What does the UAE flag mean?” Thinking about the flag more philosophically, the Protocol Department of Dubai shares the following:
The Flag is considered a symbol of nationalism, independence and sovereignty in all places and at all times. It is closely connected to the national anthem, with both commanding the full respect of all citizens regardless of social status, education and financial standing. The flag represents all, without exception.
The UAE flag signifies peace, security, and happiness as seen in all national, religious, official and public events related to the political, economic, social and sports fields – whether held in the UAE or abroad.
The UAE flag reflects the ambitions and hopes of citizens and expatriates living in the land, particularly students who greet the flag daily in respect of the state’s role in creating generations of achievers and creatives.
Looking back on my two years here in Dubai, I am grateful for the many opportunities living in the United Arab Emirates has provided me. This has been an experience unlike any other and I could never fully express my gratitude for this experience. I am thankful for the exceptional vision of UAE’s leaders and proud to celebrate this wonderful country and its noble flag today!