UAE National Day is an annual observance celebrated on December 2nd of every year. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a union of seven distinct Arab kingdoms. UAE is located on the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula and is bordering on the Persian Gulf. It is a celebration Day that marks the UAE’s Union Day when the Ras Al Khaimah in 1972 has joined as the seventh emirate among the six other emirates. It is the anniversary of the national unification of these seven emirates to form the modern-day country. UAE National Day celebrates this unity of this seven emirates that came together to form one country.
“I want Dubai to be a place where everybody from all over the world meets each other, don’t think of fighting or hate, just love it, enjoy their sport, and that’s it.” – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
History of UAE National Day
The first observance and the person who established this UAE National Day are unknown. The Day marks the United Arab Emirates’s Union Day. It is on this date where the six Emirates along with the Ras Al Khaimah as the seventh emirate has united to join as a country in the year 1972. The historic launch of the union of the UAE began with the agreement of the rulers of the six Emirates. It includes Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm al-Quwain. They have mutually agreed to unite in the second of December 1971. The approved interim constitution has governed the state and determined its goals. On February 10, 1972, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah had announced to join the Union to make the seven Emirates held in a single entity.
Britain had declared its willingness to withdraw from all colonies and protectorates of the Eastern Mediterranean in 1968. The idea of the Union begun on February 18, 1968. A meeting was held in the village of Samih border between Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. They agreed that the best way for the union between them by inviting the Gulf Emirates to this union. The Day commemorates the United Arab Emirate’s formal nationalization from the British Protectorate Treaties. As a result, the British treaty was expired on 2 December 1971. It leads to the eventual, federal unification of the seven sheikhdoms in the former Trucial States in the year 1971 to form the modern-day country, the UAE. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the first president of the Federation and Sheikh Rashid as the Vice President of the Union.
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How to Celebrate UAE National Day
Celebrating the UAE National Day is very simple. Several events and activities like fireworks, car rallies and dance shows will be held throughout the nation. You can take part in these events to celebrate this national day. Dress up in UAE national flag colours and show your love for the country. The best plan to celebrate this Day is by decorating the homes, workplaces, streets, and cars to celebrate this Day with joy and happiness. You can fly UAE flags and balloons in the colour of flags. If you aren’t the citizen of UAE, then you can get to know more about the UAE, its history, culture, and tradition. Tell people around you about this country and its development. Share your celebrations and views on the social media using the hashtag #UAENationalDay.