2 November marks the UAE’s official Flag Day, a celebration created in 2013 by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to honour the country’s past, present and future. From shopping malls to residential areas to cars on the road, thousands honour the special occasion by hoisting flags all across the Emirates as a symbol of the country’s greatness – and this year Sheikh Mohammed lead the way.
The Dubai ruler brought along his youngest daughter, Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed, to raise the UAE flag at Union House in Dubai. He shared the moment on social media writing: "Our Emirati flag is the symbol of our unity and strength, it is the pride of our ancestors and our children.”
HRH Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan and wife of Sheikh Mohammed, also marked the occasion, sharing moving historical images of the UAE flag and photos of the ruler and her daughter on Instagram.
أول علم لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة قبل رفعه في دار الاتحاد في دبي، وما زال العلم اليوم يرمز لقيم القوة والإقدام والأمل والسلام التي رسّخ دعائمها الآباء المؤسسون The first UAE flag before being raised at the Union House in Dubai; it continues to represent the values of our founding fathers - bravery, hope, peace and strength #uaeflagday #UAE #celebrations
Flag Day is usually celebrated on November 3, the anniversary of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan becoming the President of the UAE in 2004, but this year the Ministry of Cabinet and the Future announced it would be brought forward a day, asking all government departments asked to raise the UAE flag at 11am on 2 November.