The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation marked UAE Flag Day today, in response to a call by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai to hoist the flag simultaneously at 11:00 am across all institutions, ministries, schools and government entities. The ceremony symbolized an expression of pride and loyalty to the leadership and people of the UAE, the renewal of a pledge loyalty and belonging to the nation, and the determination to serve the country’s flag.
HE Anwar Mohammed Gargash. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, raised the flag on the main mast at the ministry’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of a number of HE Khalid Abdallah Humaid Belhoul, MoFAIC Undersecretary and HE Shihab Ahmed Al Fahim, MoFAIC’s Assistant Undersecretary for Protocol Affairs.
UAE embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions all over the world also took part in this occasion, raising the nation’s flag at their respective headquarters at precisely 11am in their respective local times, in the presence of members of the diplomatic and consular corps.
Marked annually on November 3rd, Flag Day celebrates the accession of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the president of the country.
The celebration is part of an initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on November 3rd, 2013, which became a popular and ongoing national campaign to raise the UAE’s flag high as an expression of gratitude for the founders of the country.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs