Today the United Arab Emirates University celebrated the UAE Flag Day at the invitation of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, ‘may God protect him’. Our celebration honors the nation’s flag as our symbol of pride.
The Flag Day ceremony was held at the University campus and was attended by H.E. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Chancellor of the UAEU and Cultural Adviser to H.H. the President of the UAE; Professor Mohammad Hassan Ali, Acting Provost; Professor Ahmed Murad, Associate Provost for Research; Professor Aisha Al Dhaheri, Associate Provost for Student Affairs; College Deans; and faculty, administrative staff, and students.
His Excellency told the assembly that "On December 1, 1971, the late Sheikh Zayed left Al Manhal Palace before dark and spent the evening in Al Samih Camp in the middle of the open desert. At the dawn of December 2, he was driving towards Dubai to join the leaders of the 7 Emirates. They signed a provisional constitution that legally formed the United Arab Emirates. Moments later Sheikh Zayed, as the President of the newest country in the world, was witness to the first raising of its national flag.
He explained that "Our celebration of the flag today is an expression of our love for our nation and an affirmation of our loyalty to our leadership. Our leadership has worked continuously since the birth of the UAE to create a society of happiness, love, fraternity, and tolerance. This is a society in which a bright future is secured for all citizens and residents".
His Excellency offered his congratulations to the leadership of the UAE on this occasion, which also coincides with the anniversary of the accession to the Presidency of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He said, "May God preserve our wise leadership for the UAE people. We affirm that from this place over which the flag of our nation is flying, we will continue to make every possible effort in advancing science, innovation, and research and in preparing the leaders of our nation. We do this to support our civil society, our progress, and our leadership in all matters of human affairs".
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