Every year on November 3, in the UAE crowds of people gather around flag poles and there’s a joyous cheer in the air. The reason? They are celebrating UAE Flag Day.
As the UAE celebrates its 50th National Day this year, Flag Day is made that much more special with celebrations returning after last year’s halt due to Covid-19. However, safety rules must still be followed as the Dubai Municipality reminded, “Let’s celebrate safely on the UAE Flag Day by adhering to public safety measures to ensure everyone’s health.”
UAE Flag Day marks the ascension of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who became president of the UAE in 2004.
“Fifty years ago, a historic design competition was held to choose the flag that would represent our country on the world stage,” shared Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on Twitter. “On the occasion of Flag Day, the UAE flag is flown with pride across each of the seven Emirates in an enduring display of national unity.”
Fifty years ago, a historic design competition was held to choose the flag that would represent our country on the world stage. On the occasion of Flag Day, the UAE flag is flown with pride across each of the seven Emirates in an enduring display of national unity. pic.twitter.com/eJD4QFHSaE
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) November 3, 2021
Created in 1971, during the formation of the UAE, the flag is a symbol of pride for Emiratis. The colors used are traditional Pan-Arab hues, each with its own special meaning. Red represents strength and courage and the sacrifices of previous generations; green represents hope, joy, and prosperity; white represents the nation’s charitable contributions as well as peace and honesty, while black represents the strength of mind.