The UAE is celebrating Flag Day on Thursday, November 1. The day marks the anniversary of when Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan became the country’s president in 2004.
Flag Day is usually celebrated on November 3 every year, but Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum announced the celebration on November 1 as the third happens to be on a weekend.
Flags will be hoisted all over the UAE, across all government departments and buildings, and can even be seen on cars.
“We united the timing for raising the flag, to tell everyone that we are not a group of emirates but that we are a united UAE, and to instill in the coming generations the fact that our flag is the symbol of our respect for the nation,” Jameela Al Hameli, board member of the Emirates Human Rights Association, told Gulf News.
The day is also celebrated to remember the efforts of the country’s founders, and renew the national spirit while reflecting the success and development of the UAE.