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Flag Day …Emphasis on belonging and continuing the march of development and renaissance in the UAE

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum‭, ‬UAE Vice President‭, ‬Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai‭, “‬may God protect him‭”‬‭, ‬chose the date of Flag Day in the Emirates‭, ‬November 3‭, ‬to coincide with the date of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al‭ ‬Nahyan‭, ‬UAE President‭ “‬may God protect him‭”, ‬taking over the reins of power in the UAE‭. ‬While the name commemorates the day on which the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan‭, ‬May God rest his soul‭, ‬rose the state’s flag to fly high in 1971‭, ‬announcing the founding of the United Arab Emirates‭, ‬so the Flag Day has ever since linked the two events together and became an eternal symbol of the nation from the moment of its unification‭.‬

The flag of the United Arab Emirates was chosen as the official flag of the country in 1971‭, ‬and it was designed by Mohammed Abdullah Al Maeenah‭, ‬who chose its colors in light of the verse that the poet Safi Al-Din Al-Hilli said‭: ‬“Our deeds are white‭, ‬our ranches are green‭, ‬our battles are black‭, ‬and our swords are red‭.‬”‭ ‬The white color symbolizes the work of good and giving‭, ‬and the state’s approach to support security and peace in the world‭, ‬while the green color expresses the growth and prosperity and the civilizational renaissance of the UAE‭, ‬the black color symbolizes the strength‭, ‬staunch and toughness of the people of the UAE‭, ‬and the‭ ‬rejection of injustice and extremism‭, ‬and the red color indicates the sacrifices of the generation preceding the founding of the Union‭, ‬and the sacrifices of the nation’s martyrs to protect its achievements and gains‭.‬

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum‭, ‬in the first celebration of this occasion‭, ‬reaffirmed these meanings‭, ‬saying‭: ‬“We renew the pledge and promise to serve and elevate the status of the people of the Emirates‭, ‬to sacrifice the soul for the sake of the soil of the our homeland‭, ‬and to be loyal for the UAE flag and consolidate its position‭. ‬The flag is a trust we received from the founding fathers‭, ‬and it is in‭ “‬my brother‭” ‬Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s trust‭, ‬and in my trust as well‭, ‬and‭ ‬in every he or she citizen’s‭, ‬and it is a trust in the hands of future generations to preserve it and enhance its gains and status‭.‬

On that day‭, ‬the people of the Emirates stand to see the state’s flag‭, ‬while it flutters in the sky to remember how fathers and grandfathers exerted everything precious for the sake of promoting a proud nation that embodies the values‭ ‬​​of civilization and humanity‭. ‬They draw inspiration from the symbol of the flag the values‭ ‬​​of loyalty and belonging to the land‭, ‬family and ancient heritage‭. ‬And they must gather all the energies of diligence and work to serve the nation and elevate its status‭, ‬and to preserve its flag forever high and important‭, ‬so that the UAE continues to be‭ ‬immune to‭  ‬undermining‭.‬

Thus‭, ‬Flag Day has become a precious national occasion in the hearts of the citizens of the UAE‭, ‬in which emphasis is placed on‭ ‬the union and its clear national goals and objectives‭, ‬renewed adherence to preserving the cohesion of its people to preserve the achievements of the state‭, ‬and reaffirms the continuation of the process of work and giving in order to elevate the nation and‭ ‬preserve its development‭, ‬progress‭, ‬and even leadership among the ranks of the developed countries of the world‭.‬

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