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The UAE National Day this year falls on a Friday, an auspicious day from an Islamic standpoint. December 2nd, 1971 is a date that is forever etched in the hearts and minds of the Emirati people. The day when different Sheikhdoms came together to build a nation, the United Arab Emirates.
As an Emirati, the pride and joy are unprecedented. Throughout the country, whether you reside in Sharjah, Dubai, or far off as Kalba or Hatta, the heart is one. Signaled by the unification of the country through the vision and foresight of the founding forefathers.
The importance of the National Say is seen in every aspect such as:
The Hope in the Words
The National Anthem has a unique history where the music was composed in 1971 by famed Egyptian musician, Saad Abdel Wahhab. The words however were written almost 16 years after by Dr. Aref Al Sheikh in 1986. “Ishy Bilady” translates to “Long Live My Country” with the lyrics praising the country. The anthem sung on National Day invokes patriotism and pride in the Emirati people.
The Pride in the Parade
Ever since 1972, the National Parade has become a permanent fixture. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan officiated the first parade with the newly composed national anthem. The National Parade builds self-identity and happiness as Emiratis march in unison.
The Union Through Colors
The iconic symbol floating among the clouds, the National Flag has a profound history attached. Designed a 19-year-old, Abdullah Mohammad Al Maainah had only three days to submit his design for the flag.
The colors – red, white, green, and black symbolize the aspiration of the country, the people, and its leaders. The red is for bravery, strength, and courage. The white is for peace, goodness, and purity. Green stands for hope, joy, optimism, and love while black is for solidarity in times of hardship and adversity.
You can see the National Flag proudly displayed in the hands of young and old during National Day. There is also a culture where young Emirati men have decals, logos, and slogans painted on cars to express their pride in their national identity.
Celebrate the Spirit of the Union
The official celebratory event starts at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). There are 10 shows for 10 days with each show starting at 6 pm. Tickets can be bought using your bank card which may give you the chance to win points and rewards like the FAB Share Card which allows you to get a draw entry For every AED 1000 you spend on a national day so you can Increase your chances by using it or any of other FAB cards for all your National Day purchases.
The impact of the National Day goes beyond Emiratization as it also translates towards the union of cultures, languages, food and even people. A multitude of expats resides alongside the Emiratis, enjoying the benefits set by the founding rulers. The National Day or “Al Eid Al Watani” is a day celebrated by everyone (expats and Emiratis alike) who call UAE home.
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