Sheikh Mohammed calls to raise UAE flag with pride
The UAE will celebrate Flag Day on 3 November. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued an open call to all residents of the country as well as ministries, departments and institutions to raise the flag of the United Arab Emirates high and proud. Flags will be hoisted across the country at 10am.
This year, the bank holidays will be held for the 11th time. Flag Day is not a public holiday, but residents and visitors come together on this day to pay tribute to the flag in offices, schools, parks and many other public places.
“We celebrate Flag Day on November 3,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, wrote on Platform X. “On this day, we honour the flag of the homeland and raise it together. We call on everyone in the country to participate in the national initiative.”
Sheikh Mohammed described the day as an occasion to keep the flag flying high and take pride in all the incredible achievements of the country. Flag Day was first celebrated in 2013, and is now celebrated annually on 3 November.
The UAE’s national anthem is played at flag-raising ceremonies. The flag was created by a young Emirati, Abdalla Al Maainah, in 1971 – he submitted it as a competition entry to a local newspaper. The four colours of the flag symbolise the Arab unity described in poetry by Safi-uddin Al Khali.
Green represents hope, joy, optimism and love as well as the prosperity of the Emirates, white represents peace and honesty, black represents victory over enemies as well as fortitude and red represents steadfastness, bravery and courage.
Source: Khaleej Times
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