In pictures: Emirati pride flies high on Flag Day
Published on November 3, 2020 at 12.25
The UAE colours are flying high across the country today as Emiratis and expats celebrate Flag Day. Every year, the occasion is marked on November 3, the accession anniversary of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (Photos by Ryan Lim / Khaleej Times)
At 11am, the national flag was hoisted at government and private buildings. Amid the pandemic, the ceremony was kept short and carried out with all precautionary measures in place. Saif Mohamed Al Qubaisi, chief financial officer at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, raised the flag at the medical centre, along with some 20 other senior executives.
Frontline health workers and medical staff joined in singing the national anthem while standing inside the centre.
Emiratis and expats alike also wore scarves in the colours of the UAE flag. “The UAE Flag Day is a matter of pride for everyone in the country as it honours the legacy of our founding fathers who established a united and prosperous nation, raising the UAE flag with unlimited hopes and ambitions. It is our greatest honour to continue to bring their vision to life and make greater strides for the progress of the UAE,” said Salem Al Noaimi, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha).
The UAE flag reflects the hopes and ambitions of the people in the country, he added.
Educational institutions, like Ajman University (AU), also held socially distanced flag-hoisting ceremonies. Wearing face masks, the AU chancellor and other varsity officials proudly saluted the UAE flag as they sang the national anthem. Other schools held virtual events, with students celebrating the occasion from their homes.
The Dubai Health Authority also marked the occasion at its headquarters at 11am. Humaid Al Qutami, director-general of the DHA, led the event, congratulating the country's leadership. The Flag Day renews the spirit of responsibility and strengthens the values of work, giving and dedication, he said.
At Al Khawaneej Walk in Dubai, two UAE flags fluttered at the entrance, showing the community's love for the country.
In Ras Al Khaimah, a helicopter flew the UAE colours above the police's headquarters as officers raised their arms in a salute. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)