Unite Under the Flag

  • 5 November 2013

On November 3, 2004, when President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) ascended to power, his accession become a symbol of the country's internal unity and agreement. The transfer of power was smooth. Emiratis, from all walks of life, spoke with one voice in support of the new leadership. The initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to observe November 3 as the ‘Flag Day’ annually illustrates this point. In the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: “The UAE flag is emblematic of our unified will, determination, resources, vision and future."

Symbols stand high in the history of nations. The national flag is part of our national identity, of our sense of belonging to a land for which we are ready to sacrifice anything for national sovereignty, dignity and progress. This is the drive behind the ‘Flag Day’ initiative which was expressed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, when he said: “On this day we recall the Founding Fathers of the UAE, who hoisted the UAE flag for the first time 42 years ago. Recall the sacrifices made that held the national flag high for the last four decades and remember the achievements that have placed the UAE among the most advanced nations.”

The simultaneous hoisting of the UAE flag atop facilities of the federal departments/ministries by citizens tomorrow, as instructed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, is a sign of unity around a national symbol, highlighting the virtue of unity of the UAE – a virtue instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God protect him) as a source of pride, dignity, strength and progress in various fields.

The positive response of citizens to such patriotic initiatives – like the ‘Flag Atop Our House’ initiative which was proposed by a UAE citizen and adopted by His Highness Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, shows the depth of their sense of belonging to this soil as well as their pride in the nation’s success and their loyalty to the leadership.

The ECSSR is fully aware of the value of national symbols for the UAE citizens, and seizes every opportunity to respond to any related effort. This was manifest when the ECSSR Director General, His Excellency Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi observed the 41st Anniversary of the UAE National Day in 2012 by hoisting the UAE National Flag atop the ECSSR premises in response to the 'Flag atop Our House' initiative.