President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, on his country's National Day.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also shared similar messages to the Emir of Qatar, according to state news agency Wam.
Rulers of Sharjah, Ajman, UAQ and Ras Al Khaimah also shared their congratulatory messages to the Qatari Emir.
Qatar National Day, also known as Founder’s Day, is the national commemoration of Qatar's unification in 1878. Celebrated annually on December 18, the day was established on June 21, 2007. UAE is celebrating Qatar’s National Day under the theme ‘Many Happy Returns’.
Sheikh Mohammed congratulated Qatar and described the nation as being united 'under the Gulf banner' with the UAE.
"We congratulate our family in Qatar, leadership and people, on their National Day. We ask God that they may always be safe and prosperous. We are connected under the Gulf banner, and through brotherhood,” wrote Sheikh Mohammed.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince shared a message on social media, which read, “Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in Qatar on the country’s 50th National Day. We wish Qatar and its people continued prosperity and success under the leadership of Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.”
Several festivities have been planned in the UAE, including lighting up of landmark buildings in the Emirates with the Qatari national flag.
Unique celebrations are being organised at the Dubai Expo 2020 and Global Village. Furthermore, a special entry stamp and reception will be given to Qatari citizens arriving at the UAE’s airports.
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