Flag Day Hoists Colours of National Pride

  • 3 November 2014

Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, said the Flag Day celebration coincides with the accession of President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the presidency and rulership.

“It is one celebration to mark the two unified occasions to reflect the allegiance of Emirati people to their leadership,” he added, noting that the occasion also evokes the spirit of the founding father of the Union.

Sheikh Mansour underscored that the last decade saw stability and welfare of citizens, citing job opportunities, housing, support to youth projects and setting up of fund for defaulting loans.

He underlined that the UAE had ranked among the top countries globally when it came to welfare, human rights, women empowerment, health, and education indices.

Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, launched 25,000 stamps of Emirates Post in coordination with the ministry to mark the Flag Day on Monday.

Praising the efforts of Emirates Post, Sheikh Nahyan said the issuance of a set of memorial stamps for Flag day “reflects a huge sense of responsibility among the officials at the Emirates Post about this national occasion,” adding that the event reflects values of national identity and allegiance to the leadership and the country.

He said the Flag Day is a symbol of the Union, its dignity and sovereignty and “reminds us about the founding fathers who persevered for the welfare of the current generation, thanks to the wise leadership of the UAE.”

On her part, Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), said the UAE Flag, which is hoisted in all countries and forums, gets due respect. She added that the UAE Flag “inspires us to score more achievements in all fields”.

After four decades of the Union, she continued: “we have realised the legacy of our forefathers and founders of the Union. Similarly, we understand the genuine message of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Members of Supreme Council, their Highnesses Rulers of Emirates, and General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.”

She noted that the UAE Flag sends many messages of success stories, including and not limited to, the humanitarian aid and development assistance.

On his part, Dr Sultan Bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, said the celebration of Flag Day has a national significance in terms of national pride and allegiance to the leadership that scored tremendous development and portrayed an exemplary sense of belonging to the country.

He said in a statement that the Flag Day evokes the memory of the time when it was hoisted 43 years ago by the founding fathers of the Union, among others, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He noted that Sheikh Khalifa follows in the footsteps of the founding fathers to sustain urban development in all fields.

Ahmed Mohammed Al Hamiri, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, said the celebration of Flag Day “is an epitome of the spirit of the Union and national work.”

On his part, Dr Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi, Director-General of Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, said the marking of Flag Day on 3rd of November each year “reflects the themes of loyalty, and allegiance to the historic leaders”.

The Ministry of Social Affairs also celebrated UAE Flag Day in its courts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and institutions affiliated to it, with the participation of Deputies of the Ministry, its employees and clients.