Flag Day: For the love of UAE

Flag Day: For the love of UAE
Khalifa Al Fahim.

Abu Dhabi - Emiratis living in the capital share their thoughts about what the UAE Flag Day personally means to them.



By Jasmine Al Kuttab

Published: Tue 3 Nov 2015, 7:13 PM

Last updated: Wed 4 Nov 2015, 7:27 AM

"The real wealth of the country is made up of men, of children, and of future generations. It is this which constitutes the real treasure." These were the words once spoken by the late father of the nation, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - words which are still held deeply in the heart of Emiratis in this young nation.
The third of November which marks the day His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was sworn in as President, is also marked as the UAE's Flag Day.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has called on nationals and non-nationals, to take part in the special occasion.

"The UAE Flag Day is a national occasion where we remember the efforts of our founders, Shaikh Zayed and Shaikh Rashid, and their brothers who sacrificed everything for the nation," said Shaikh Mohammed.
Emiratis living in the capital shared their own thoughts with Khaleej Times about what this significant day personally means to them.
Fatima Al Qemzi, an analyst in government affairs, believes that the UAE's flag represents what the land is all about. "Not many may know this, but every colour in the flag is a representation of our culture, our history and identity," she said.

"The white for example, is a symbol of UAE's pure commitment in supporting peace, as well as those in need, whereas the red represents those who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice their lives for the safety of our nation," noted the 27 year old.
Al Qemzi pointed out that she will certainly hold her own flag high. "I am proud of our flag and I am proud of our country. How far the UAE has developed is nothing but remarkable, yet it still holds on tight to its unique heritage and roots." Khalifa Al Fahim, Senior Systems Analyst, believes that the occasion will celebrate and honour those in the Armed Forces. "We have men who put their lives on the line, not only for our safety, but for the safety of countries which surround us," he said, adding that, "this day will help remind them and their families that their efforts are deeply appreciated by every resident in the UAE."
The 29-year-old highlighted that despite the improvement in technology, it's still vital for young Emiratis to keep up with their heritage. Moreover, it's crucial to understand the meaning of the flag, as well as the National Anthem. "Our Anthem is our identity, and so is our flag. It's necessary for youngsters to not only understand the history of both, but to also appreciate every aspect of it, so they can pass down treasured stories to their own children one day."
The Flag Day is thus not only a celebration of the past and the present, but it is also a celebration of the untold, yet dynamic future of the country. It is therefore crucial to create such noble occasions, because it helps preserve the identity of the nation, for the sake of the future generation.
jasmine@khaleejtimes.com


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