The celebration of the “Flag Day” in the UAE on the 3rd of November of each year carries a number of national meanings and connotations that embody the strength of national cohesion, belonging and loyalty to the state, rational leadership and adherence to the values and principles inherited from the founding fathers, and an occasion to celebrate the achievements of the UAE, which celebrates its golden jubilee in December next.
Next Wednesday, the UAE will celebrate the “Flag Day” in response to the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him”, to raise the flag over the ministries and institutions in a unified manner, on the third of November at eleven o’clock. A.m.
The story of adopting the shape and colors of the UAE flag dates back to when the late founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, “may God rest his soul”, received on October 16, 1971 in his palace in Abu Dhabi, members of the Special Delegates Committee to look into the competitions of the Union’s flag, national anthem and official emblem to see the latest developments in the work of The committee and the participations that were received by the participants in the competitions, where “may God have mercy on him” showed his interest and his vigorous follow-up to the process of choosing the design of the UAE flag in the recent months preceding the establishment of the union due to the great national symbolism it represents.
The UAE flag was raised for the first time on December 2, 1971, and was the first to be raised by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, at Union House in the Emirate of Dubai. The UAE flag was chosen as the country’s official flag after a competition won It has the design submitted by citizen Mohammed Abdullah Al-Maeena out of 1030 designs submitted by participants from the UAE and Arab countries.
A few days passed from the announcement of the establishment of the State of the Union until the UAE flag flew high at the headquarters of the League of Arab States, of which the UAE joined on December 6 to become its eighteenth member, and then specifically on December 9, 1971, the UAE flag flew at the headquarters of the United Nations After becoming the 132nd member of the international organization.
Today, we may not find a country in the world that does not fly the UAE flag in its skies, as a result of openness to the world and different civilizations, which is one of the inherent features of the country’s foreign policy, and its pivotal role in spreading the principles of tolerance, coexistence and peace at the global level.
Initiatives and Summits
There were many manifestations of raising the UAE flag in many summits around the world. In 2013, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, raised the country’s flag from above the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to celebrate the UAE’s victory in organizing Expo 2020 Dubai, and in 2016 the team succeeded The military commander of the UAE Armed Forces climbed the summit of Mount Everest, the highest in the world, with a height of 8,848 meters, and raised the state flag on it. At an altitude of 8000 meters, and “Mira” extending at an altitude of up to 6700 meters, the UAE flag was raised high for the first time, and that was during the year 2010.
From the highest peak in Antarctica, Emirati adventurer Saeed Al Maamari, with the support of the Armed Forces, was able to complete the climbing trip and raise the UAE flag over Vinson summit, which is the sixth highest peak in the world. Al Maamari also raised the UAE flag at the center of the southern hemisphere at the pole Southern.
In turn, the Caucasus Mountains in Russia was another of those stations over which the UAE flag flew in July 2016, after one of the employees of the “Du” company, Yasser Al-Bahzad, succeeded in reaching it and raising the UAE flag.
During the past years, the flag of the United Arab Emirates recorded its name in golden letters in the Guinness Book of World Records, to break previous world records. The record for the largest number assembled using flags in the world, which was number (49).
In 2019, the Dubai Police General Command achieved an achievement by entering the UAE flag into the Guinness Book of Records, with two records, “the longest flag in the world” and “the most number of people carrying a flag”. In 2018, “Skydive Dubai” succeeded in designing the UAE flag. The flag is the largest in the world, with a width of 50.76 meters, a length of 96.25 meters, and a total area of 4885.65 cubic metres, while the length of the flag reached 2020 meters (2 kilometers and 20 meters), and the number of people participating in its campaign reached 5000 from 58 nationalities around the world.
In 2017, the UAE flag raised on the Flag Island in the Emirate of Sharjah entered the Guinness Book of Records, as the largest flag of a country raised on a pole in the world, as the flag reached 70 meters in length and 35 meters in width, and in the same year, Dubai Police broke the record Registered in the “Guinness Book” of forming the UAE flag with the largest number of cars, with the participation of 143 cars.
The UAE flag entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2016, through the largest moving human plate of the UAE flag in celebration of the 45th National Day, with the participation of more than 2,223 students from the GEMS Education group from all over the Emirates, and in the same year, the UAE won A certificate from the Guinness Book of Records, after breaking a previous record for the largest flag of a country formed from a human gathering, where the number of people forming the flag reached 3,929 people, who wore a safety helmet in a huge event at the Baniyas Sports Club stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In 2014, the UAE flag entered the Guinness Book of Records by forming the largest flag of the country with pencils, in an event implemented by the General Command of the Emirates Civil Defense in the Emirates Palace Square in Abu Dhabi, as part of the UAE’s celebrations of the 43rd National Day, and school students used one million pencils in the event. , with 250,000 pens for each color of the flag, on an area of 1,000 square meters.
The same year witnessed the registration of the UAE flag in the Guinness Book of Records, after it formed 156 buses for the flag as part of its participation in the 43rd National Day celebrations, in Al Shahama Square as part of an event organized by the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi. A flag formed from soccer balls, using 6 thousand balls colored in the four colors of the flag.
In 2013, the UAE flag entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest mosaic panel in the world made of marble. The mosaic panel was executed under the sea with an area of 168 square meters, and in a record time of only 4 hours, in cooperation between several parties in Dubai.
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