It is known that national identity is an embodiment of the life of the individual within his community, and is controlled by a set of factors such as language, morals, and prevalent societal customs.
The difference between national identity and personal identity is that personal identity is what distinguishes an individual from others through his personal traits, education, inclinations, etc., and it is by his choice. Identity controls the emergence of an individual’s voluntary affiliation to his community, which enhances his national identity.
National identity is of great importance to peoples and human societies, as it works to unify all the different groups in religion, race or language within society under fixed laws, the aim of which is to achieve stability and unify all individuals in one nation, and build a bond between all members of one society.
Perhaps the most important characteristic of the national identity is that it is the force that binds the members of society within the framework of equality and that each member of society obtains his rights and performs the duties imposed on him by his national affiliation, not to mention that it constitutes the safeguard that preserves the set of values, customs, traditions and moral values that accompany society throughout its history. .
Here, it is worth mentioning that the United Arab Emirates has a long history and a unique civilized experience. The UAE national identity played a prominent role in preserving the originality of the Emirati people, who represented an honourable model for preserving their national identity through taking pride in their homeland and rich history, and their adherence to good values and morals that they were raised on and accompanied them through all phases of their life.
If we talk about preserving the national identity, we find that the Emirati people have been able, through all phases of their history, to preserve their national identity, and to protect it from the threats that may stand in its way, especially since the United Arab Emirates is a civilized country that God has blessed with a wise leadership that has paid remarkable attention to the interests of its citizens, and the interests of the homeland, which, thanks to this policy, has turned into an oasis of security, safety and stability, especially in light of the leadership’s endeavor to provide all means of decent living for citizens and residents on its land, under the roof of a law that regulates human relations and respects human rights and works to promote them.
Finally, it can be said that the interest in national identity is the most important measure of peoples’ awareness and cultural levels, which is what the Emirati people have realized and their historical leadership has sought for with all earnestness and sincerity.