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UAE Martyrs remembered on November 30th

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The UAE, recognises the sacrifices and dedication of Emirati martyrs who have given their life in the UAE and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service on November 30th.


The first Emirati soldier to die in the line of duty was Salem Suhail bin Khamis, on November 30th, 1971, during the “battle of the Greater Tunb” against Iranian forces shortly before the UAE’s formation. Bin Khamis led a six-member police force on Greater Tunb, invaded by Iran on the eve of Federation. He refused to lower the flag of Ras Al Khaimah, and the invaders killed him for his defiance.


On August 19, 2015, it was announced that 30 November would be observed as Martyrs Day.


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The soldiers who fell during the First Gulf War (1990-1991) while liberating Kuwait will also be remembered along with martyrs such as Saif Ghubash, the government minister who was assassinated in 1977, and Khalifa Al Mubarak, an Emirati ambassador who was assassinated in 1984. Others who have died in the line of duty will always be honoured.

“Operation Restoring Hope” in Yemen


UAE armed forces joined “Operation Restoring Hope” under the Saudi Arabia-led Arab alliance in 2015 to support the Aden-based government recognized by the Gulf states. The number of UAE soldiers martyred in Yemen rose to 45. The UAE government announced a three-day mourning period from September 5, 2015, with flags to be flown at half-mast.




Commemorative and national ceremonies and events will be organised nationwide on November 30th. All state institutions, nationals and non-nationals will be engaged to promote, mark and remember the values of sacrifice, dedication and loyalty, of the UAE citizens who sacrificed their lives in battles of heroism, dedication and national duty. The holiday will honour the heroes with nationwide remembrance to those who gave their souls for their homeland.


Tributes dedicating the Martyrs


Commemorating the UAE’s fallen heroes on November 30th every year from 2015 will be a tribute to UAE’s heroes.


In Abu Dhabi Martyrs’ a 23 metres tall Memorial Monument’s has been constructed located to the east of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.


Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, ordered that a square was to be dedicated in honour of the servicemen. Building a monument to honour those who died in the line of duty which is to be inaugurated on Martyrs’ Day. 

Sharjah are also installing a martyrs’ monument on Maleha Road, near the Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy, and a road in Sharjah University will be renamed Martyr’s Road.


A martyrs’ square and memorial is being built in Al Alam Park in Ajman.


The road linking the emirates of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, has been renamed as ‘Martyrs Street’ or ‘Shuhada Street’ in Arabic, in memory of the martyrs as a tribute.


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