The UAE Flag was raised across the country to celebrate Flag Day.
Citizens, residents, organizations, joined the country’s leaders in raising the national colors through the Emirates.
The UAE flag was raised at HBMSU’s campus in a festive atmosphere, with senior university officials, administrators and students attending the ceremony.
The UAE flag is a symbol of national identity which reflects the highest sense of unity and belonging to the homeland.
The attendees reiterated their loyalty and commitment to the UAE Government’s quest for socio-economic growth, the preservation of local culture, and environmental sustainability in line with the vision and guidance of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa, who continues the country’s march towards excellence started by the late President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Thousands of flags have also been hoisted to spell out ‘UAE’ at Kite Beach in Jumeirah to mark the occasion.
The initiative is organized by Brand Dubai, a subsidiary of the Government of Dubai Media Office.
Flag Day is marked annually on November 3rd, coinciding with the day His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became President of the UAE.
Celebrating national identity: the flag
The four colors in the UAE flag are iconic and representative.
Red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and courage. The vertical red band can also be interpreted as binding all the other meanings together in unity.
Green represents hope, joy, optimism and love. It can also symbolize the country’s prosperity.
White represents peace and honesty. White is the purest colour, and is interpreted by some to symbolize cleanliness.
Contrary to popular belief, the black band does not represent oil. It stands for the defeat of enemies, and also strength of mind.
During the ceremony the country’s national anthem was sang.
Live my country, the unity of our Emirates lives
May you live for a nation
Whose religion is Islam and guide is the Quran
I made you stronger in God’s name oh homeland
My country, My country, My country, My country
May God protect you from the evils through time
We have sworn to build and work
Work sincerely, work sincerely
As long as we live, we’ll be sincere
May the safety last and the flag rise oh our Emirates
The symbol of Arabism
We all sacrifice for you, we supply you with our blood
We sacrifice for you with our souls oh homeland
Celebrating national identity: some of the attendees opinions
Ahmad Bin Al Shaikh, 25, works at the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority.
“The UAE flag represents patriotism and commitment to the country. It reminds non-Emiratis that they are here and part of the UAE. Its significance has always been the same to me whether there is a war or not. I personally do not hoist a flag at my house or car on Flag Day but my brother does.
Flag Day is also significant because it falls on the anniversary of the accession of Shaikh Khalifa as President.
I hope that Flag Day will always and forever gather us Emiratis and non-Emiratis together.”
Afra Al Mutaiti, 20, student, Zayed University
“I think our flag symbolizes loyalty and our pride in our country. Pride and loyalty are a big part of this nation’s identity. And I find the flag not only inspires loyalty, it also makes us want to make our country a much better place.
I’m really happy that my university is holding an event to celebrate this special day. I will be raising the flag proudly with others at this event and celebrating our national identity.”
Farah Shamma, 23, Communications Manager
“The flag itself is symbolic of the UAE, with each colour representing different façades of our country. Every time I see the flag, whether in the UAE or outside, I feel a real sense of pride. The flag inspires me, as it represents over 40 years of UAE unity. It is a constant reminder of the UAE’s growth, and internationally.
I have already put up the flag outside our house on the occasion of Flag Day and I am looking forward to attending a Flag Day celebration ceremony today.”