Flag Day

UAE Flag Day Celebrations

  • November 3rd, 2020

3 November is the Flag Day of UAE, celebrated every year to associate national identity and enhance the notion of unity. It was started in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

History of UAE Flag Day:

November 3 is celebrated annually as anniversary of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In 2013 Sheikh Mohammed directed that it will be renewed as National Flag Day of UAE.

It is an important event where Emiratis and residents pay tribute to the founding fathers and celebrate the achievements of the country’s wise leadership” stated a government official in Abu Dhabi.

The flag was designed by Emirati Abdullah Mohammed Al Maainah. It was chosen during a national struggle to design the flag. Over 1,030 designs were submitted for the competition, with six being shortlisted before the final flag was chosen.

Covid-19 precautions

This year the flag was unfurled at 11 am order issued by the UAE Government Media Office. The celebrations were held in socially distanced settings as a precautionary were measured against the spread of Covid-19. Schools will host events virtually or on-campus with very few students in attendance.

The Flag Day activities were held virtually, teachers delivered speeches in Arabic, English, and Urdu to all students, the primary section made flags and color them, all students sang the national anthem during the flag hoisting while teachers and student watching the event online.

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