Sheikh Khalifa announces 2021 as Year of the 50th

Dubai - Theme celebrates the fact that the UAE marks 50 years of its founding this year.

By Web Report

Published: Tue 16 Mar 2021, 10:57 AM

Last updated: Tue 16 Mar 2021, 11:15 AM

The UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has revealed the theme for the year 2021.

2021 will be called the Year of the 50th, celebrating the fact that the UAE marks 50 years of its founding this year.

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The Year of the 50th officially starts on April 6, 2021, and lasts until March 31, 2022.

A Golden Jubilee Committee was formed in December 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

It is tasked with launching year-long initiatives, activities, and grand celebrations. It is chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Deputy Chairwoman.

Historic moment

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed said: "'The Year of the 50th represents a historic defining moment in our journey that started immediately after the declaration of the UAE’s union in 1971.

"It’s an acknowledgement of the resolute will and strong determination our Founding Fathers had while building up their nation. It also comes in recognition of the sincere efforts made by our citizens for our nation to be what we are seeing today as one of the best growing and fastest developing countries in the world."

Sheikh Khalifa valued the efforts made by other "foreign nationals who have shared with Emirati citizens the same journey and the efforts to build this young nation".

He added that the Year of the 50th is an opportunity to contemplate the achievements made over 50 years "at a time we are gearing up for the next journey."


The celebration includes a series of initiatives to behold the UAE’s revered history, noble values and unique achievements.

These initiatives help "delineate our future as the nation is heading toward its Centennial".

"In so doing, the nation will remain committed to building its future by relying on its youth and equipping them with all the skills they need to forge ahead with their plans for the future," said Sheikh Khalifa.

"We are living in a rapidly changing world. Amid this change, there are opportunities up for grabs to drive innovation and creativity. Therefore, we’ll have to double efforts to generate novel ideas, and quality initiatives to preserve our heritage and values and protect the cultural diversity of our society.

"As such, these initiatives should contribute to creating a better tomorrow with a brighter future for our nation."

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