The UAE celebrated its 49th National Day on December 2. The significance of the national day is paramount as the day stands for the independence and union of the seven states to form the United Arab Emirates. The declaration of nationalisation from the British Protectorate Treaties occurred in 1968. In 1971, six emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Ajman and Fujairah) got unified agreeing upon a Federal Constitution, later followed by the seventh emirates Ras Al Khaimah, in 1972, to form the modern-day nation. Officially, the country became independent on 2nd December, 1971.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, congratulated the people and leaders of the country on the glorious occasion. More notably, the year 2020 was announced to be the year of preparation for the next 50 years. Along with the announcement, the UAE also prepares for the UAE Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2021.
The Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum acknowledged the remarkable contribution made by Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid and their brothers in the establishment of the United Arab Emirates. In a tweet, he said, “We remember the challenges of founding the country, the sacrifices of loyal men and women, and for that we will continue to work to create a better and more beautiful future for our country. May Allah protect the UAE and its people.”
Similarly, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, expressed in a tweet, “On the 49th National Day of the UAE, we remain grateful to those who planted the seeds of our union. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, and we will honour our forefathers by continuing to take the country forward into an ever brighter future.”
The government declared public holidays for both public and private sectors from 1 to 3 December to celebrate the UAE national day. The national day celebration is one the grandest in the country with many exciting activities such as parades, fireworks, car rallies, dance and musical shows and many more. The country is decorated with flag colours and lights. The celebration is also marked by spectacular fireworks in the different parts of the country along with majestic Burj Khalifa displaying the UAE flag. One of the best aspects of the national day is that Emirati culture shines through the people, on the street and every corner of the country.
However, this year, some precautionary measures against Covid-19 have been taken and have affected the yearly celebration to some extent. The public gatherings have been minimized and the authorities asked the people to celebrate its glorious day by practicing social distancing. The national day parade didn’t happen this year. But there are plenty of other exciting activities and events that took place, such as fireworks, Seeds of Union – digital visuals portraying Emirati history and culture, Burj Khalifa light show, laser show, and other musical and cultural shows practicing social distancing.
The UAE people have celebrated their beloved national day and now are preparing and looking forward to celebrating the UAE Golden Jubilee next year. Not to forget, the country is also preparing to formulate its largest strategy for the next 50 years.