Watch: How these Abu Dhabi landmarks celebrated UAE Flag Day
The UAE flag is a symbol of unity, tolerance, growth and prosperity…
— Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (@dctabudhabi) November 3, 2020
There was also a similarly patriotic ceremony at Louvre Abu Dhabi
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And the familiar set of reds, greens, whites and blacks went up and stood proud against a stiff sea breeze at Abu Dhabi Sailing Club
— AD Sailing Club (@adsailingclub) November 3, 2020
The colours took on a more luminescent glow after dark
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) November 3, 2020
What is the history of flag day?
The UAE celebrates Flag Day on November 3 each year, marking the anniversary of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan becoming the President of the country in 2004.
The national campaign was launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to honour the country’s past, present and future.
What does happen, however, is that the UAE flag displayed proudly all over the country – frequently flying from malls, houses and cars.
This year public celebrations have been scaled back, as part of wider pandemic safety measures, to protect public health.
What do the UAE flag colours mean?
The UAE flag is made up of four colours – red, green, white and black.
According to an official guide: Red symbolises the sacrifices of previous generations who laid the foundations for the union. Green symbolises growth, prosperity and cultural renaissance. White displays the nation’s charitable contributions and support for security and peace in the world. Black reflects the strength of Emiratis and their rejection of injustice and extremism.
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