UAE Flag: Symbol of Our Unity and Loyalty
- 6 November 2013
In response to the Flag Day initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE flag will be hoisted atop federal agencies, ministries and houses at 12pm today as a sign of loyalty and unity to the country. Effective from 2013, the ‘Flag Day’ will be an annual national celebration. The UAE’s citizens and residents will also observe this day as a celebration of the accession of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) on 3 November 2004, and as a sign of loyalty and respect to our wise leadership and its achievements in all fields.
The UAE flag was hoisted by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul) on December 2, 1971, thereby announcing the birth of the Federation. After 42 years, the UAE leaders and citizens celebrate the ‘Flag Day’ in the midst of immense progress and development. The UAE Flag has become a symbol of a powerful, successful federal experiment, whose pillars were raised and strengthened on the foundations laid by the UAE’s historical leadership. The journey continues with progress at the political, economic, social and cultural levels of the ‘Empowerment Stage,’ which was launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (May God protect him) to hold the banner of the UAE high and to secure its rightful and deserved position among top countries of the region and the world.
The encouraging response by various government offices and citizens to the ‘Flag Day’ initiative highlights the overwhelming spirit of patriotism among all nationals who take pride in their National Flag. The healthy competition among nationals to decorate their homes with the UAE Flag points to the strong bond among them and toward our wise leadership. It is a unique expression of loyalty and dedication which is the secret behind UAE’s strength and stability at various levels.
The UAE’s flag is a cherished symbol under which our forefathers raised the country’s standing. It is the banner under which all citizens must strive to elevate the stature of a pioneering nation led by a great leadership, which has transformed the UAE into a developed modern nation.
Highly cognizant of the values of the National Flag and its symbolic value for the UAE, the ECSSR under the leadership of its Director General, His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi, is today celebrating the Flag Day to strengthen national identity and the foundations of the Federation.