UAE Flag Day: UAE Acknowledges the Efforts of the Founders of the Country
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UAE Flag Day: UAE Acknowledges the Efforts of the Founders of the Country

UAE Flag Day is being celebrated on November 3rd, 2019 with national flags being raised throughout the country

UAE Flag Day is being observed today on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019. This historic day commemorates the accession President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the office as President of the UAE in 2004. At 11 am, all schools, ministries, government bodies, and institutions raised the UAE flag in honor of the day. This day which is of great importance in the national history is an attempt to remember the efforts of the founders of United Arab Emirates to place this country among the list of one of the most developed and exciting places to visit. UAE has been home not only to its citizens but many expats who have found stability, security, and peace here.

UAE Flag Day: UAE Acknowledges the Efforts of the Founders of the Country

Taking to Twitter, His Highness shared a message of peace and prosperity. "On the day, we celebrate the title of our unity, symbol of our identity and dignity. We renew the era of loyalty and belonging to our homeland. We keep our flag on high as received from our parents and grandparents."

To commemorate the Flag Day, 4,500 UAE flags were arranged at the Flag Garden to create portraits of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

UAE Flag Day: UAE Acknowledges the Efforts of the Founders of the Country

UAE Flag Day: UAE Acknowledges the Efforts of the Founders of the Country

The Government of UAE recognizes the importance of technological advancements in the modern world. Hence, this year an innovative idea of patriotism has been launched by the Ministry of Education No matter where you are, you can raise the flag virtually. This initiative has been launched by the Ministry of Education and Education Media Centre. An online portal has been created where you can raise the flag electronically by clicking on the link. UAE’s national anthem playing in the background adds to the spirit of  UAE Flag Day.

The UAE flag was raised for the first time on December 2nd, 1971 by Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The flag has four colors: green, white, black, and red. Each color has a significant meaning and together these symbolize the unity of the Arab World. Red represents courage, green stands for hope, white and black symbolize peace and the defeat of enemies respectively.

The flag was designed by Abdullah Mohammad Al Maeena, who participated in the flag designing competition announced by Emiri Diwan of Abu Dhabi and published in a local daily some two months before the announcement of the Federation. Six designs were shortlisted from the 1030 entries before picking the final choice. At that time no one knew that one day the young man will become the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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