UAE is a truly blessed nation and an important a role model for the entire world. Founded on the principles of union and justice, this nation today stands tall and has found a firm footing on the world map. An arid piece of land transformed by the vision and aspirations of a man who wanted to bring about a change in the lives of those around him. A man of pride and wisdom – H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan not only dreamt but had the courage to pursue his dream and turn it into a beacon of reality. In the process, he never lost sight of his roots and cultural heritage. On the occasion of the 41st National Day of UAE, we salute the Father of Nation, H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and celebrate the 40th National Day keeping the ‘Spirit of Union’ as the theme. These celebrations pay homage to the great leadership who has played the most pivotal role in turning around this nation in such a short span of time. December 2nd is National Day in the United Arab Emirates. The country has been in overdrive for weeks in anticipation, as this 41st anniversary is a big one for the UAE. The United Arab Emirates is an amazingly young country. Many people walking around have memories of when Sheikh Zayed united the seven emirates and the various tribes into the one union. In fact, the slogan for this year’s National Day is “Spirit of the Union.” Celebrations
Naturally, the celebrations across the UAE have been endless. For example, an airshow recently took place on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Meanwhile, manufacturers are cashing in, selling all sorts of National Day-themed products, including clothing, accessories, food and even limited-edition cars. One of my favorites is at Bloomingdale’s in Dubai Mall: the UAE-themed tote, which can be yours for 150 dirhams ($41). Emiratis express their national pride in many ways. Most common is vehicle adornment. Lots of Emiratis display flags at their homes. I don’t mean standard-sized flags like Americans hang for Fourth of July. No. When Emiratis do something, they do it big—I’m talking about 20-foot, 50-foot and even 100-foot flags. United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Day is celebrated in many ways with a host of celebrations taking place. It is celebrated with a spirit of unity and happiness. There is a lot of excitement and preparation that goes on for this day. Just a few days before UAE National Day, the stores and shops will fill up with all sizes of UAE flags, and anything from key-rings, hair decorations for girls, car accessories to party decors - all in the colours of the UAE flag. People will hang monster size flags from their homes either from the roof of their houses or from the balconies in preparation for the day and some may even light up their garden trees with lights in the colours of the UAE flag too. On the actual day, UAE traditional sword dances such as the Ayyalah, Liwa, and Haban, Harbiya and Mated take place in the center of the malls, near the Corniche on the grass, or at Heritage Villages. Camel sticks are sometimes use to replace the swords. You will find young locals following in the traditions of their fathers performing these dances with such great experience; throwing the sticks in the air and catching them again while dancing with perfect precision. Since everyone has the day off, families go out to the Corniche or the gardens and parks with their children, some will picnic and some will stay near the Corniche to watch a massive fireworks display. There are also many UAE competitions and special events held throughout the UAE, such as traditional dhow boat racing, international boat racing, camel racing,and special events like Classic Car Competitions in Dubai and Best Decorated Car ( in flag colours ) these are all displayed at the Corniche in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, the best car to win stays displayed and the winner receives a prize. During National Day everyone prepares their cars and as they drive through the street with...
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