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Lighting up for 45th National Day

LoveUAE gifFor months now, all seven Emirates have been gearing up for the 45th National Day Celebrations of the United Arab Emirates. 


With each passing year, celebrations honoring the 1971 Union of the Emirates have gotten bigger and better- reveling in the achievements of this young nation, in the spirit of accomplishment, innovation, and diversity. National Day has for the most part made its place in the hearts of all Emiratis and the people who have chosen to call the UAE home.


Streets, buildings and houses have lit up with colorful LED displays, along with bold silk flags and banners in the distinctive flag colours. As of November, shops have begun selling accessories and clothes featuring the flag and colours.


Many people have left up decorations from Flag Day on November 3rd, which celebrates the 2004 inauguration of current President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and remembers the effort and sacrifices of the founders of the UAE.




As more records are set, and the lives of residents improve, it is clear that UAE is becoming more of a home for all. Working practices are improved; services extended. All nationalities wish to join in celebrating the leadership.


Many initiatives this year have been encouraging non-citizens to become part of the conversation, to further strengthen the sense of community and inspire tolerance. This year, as part of Vision 2021, the UAE introduced a National Programme for Tolerance- full of initiatives to encourage the promotion of understanding amongst all races and nationalities.


While record-shattering development remains UAE’s key driving force, becoming a benchmark for progressive leadership has also become more and more important. 

In 45 years of existing, the UAE’s reputation for dynamic, forward-thinking policies has meant enhanced participation of women in industry, culture and community. This year UAE has come to rank 19th in the Global Gender Gap Report issued by the World Economic Forum; additionally it was also ranked 1st in the GCC and 2nd in the Arab world in the Gender Inequality Index of the Human Development Report. 


Celebrations and honours


While it is easy to celebrate the 45 years of a union that has given opportunity, security and prosperity to plenty, it is harder, but absolutely vital to remember those who lost their lives fighting for the values of the UAE. 


2016 will also see the first year that Martyr’s Day, or as it is now known as, Commemoration Day is observed on December 1st. Although a somber occasion, it is one that marks the sacrifices of Emiratis in the fields of civil, military and humanitarian service in the name of Country.


The ultimate sacrifices made by those are honored, not just by solemn remembrance, but also by joy and celebration of a nation’s achievements. The streets will be lined with color, expressions of love in form of song, theatre and film. 


This year, as with every year we grow with the UAE, celebrate your care for the many gifts of inspiration and prosperity it has given us- create a collective memory that can be cherished together.


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