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REPORTS - NATIONAL DAY 2011 EVENTS AND REPORTS

Awe-inspiring Official Ceremony for the UAE 40th National Day United the Nation in Celebration

Posted on 04/12/2011

The Official Ceremony for the UAE 40th National Day saw Zayed Sports Stadium full to capacity as thousands turned out to celebrate the achievements of the nation and honour the leadership of the UAE s past and present. The Spirit of the Union came to life as young and old, men and women, Emirati and expats alike were patriotically dressed in the nation s colours creating a sea of red, white, black and green across the stadium. Attended by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

President receives Sheikh Rashid Award for the Humanitarian Personality 2010-2011

Posted on 04/12/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received the Sheikh Rashid Award for the Humanitarian Personality (2010-2011) at a ceremony held at the Dhiyafa Palace in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Khalifa was nominated in May for the Award by a group of Arab, Islamic and international humanitarian and charity organisations, centres and cities which view him as a world model that is worth to be emulated in terms of giving and philanthropy to the entire humanity. The Award was conferred upon ...  >>MORE

Khalifa receives commemorative plaques carrying signatures of diplomats

Posted on 04/12/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan received two commemorative tablets inscribed with the signatures of ambassadors accredited to the UAE presented to him as a gesture of gratitude and appreciation of the respective countries the diplomats represented. The mementoes also reflected the distinguished relations grown over the years between UAE and the countries around the world. The plaques were received by Sheikh Khalifa from Qatari ambassador to UAE and the Head of the ...  >>MORE

The largest sword on earth becomes UAE landmark

Posted on 04/12/2011

As the UAE marks the 40th national day, the emirate of Fujairah had installed last Thursday the largest ever sword on earth, 15 metres long, at the roundabout opposite to the Fujairah Fort, becoming a distinctive landmark of Fujairah and symbol of pride. The Emirati Sword is a candidate for the Guinness Book of Records as the largest sword on earth. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Clinton: UAE's achievements serve as a beacon for countries around the world

Posted on 04/12/2011

Washington, D.C. - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered greetings to the UAE as the country celebrated the 40th National Day. She said that the United States and the United Arab Emirates share a long history of friendship and cooperation. "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the United Arab Emirates as you celebrate your National Day this December 2", Clinton said in a message. The United Arab Emirates ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassy in Washington, DC Celebrates Country's 40th National Day

Posted on 04/12/2011

Washington, D.C. - In honour of the nation's 40th National Day, the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, DC welcomed guests at a gala reception that honoured the life and vision of the late founding President of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The event was hosted by UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba at the new headquarters of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The UAE Embassy event featured a commemorative exhibit on the life of Sheikh Zayed, and ...  >>MORE

UAE National Day celebrated in Europe

Posted on 04/12/2011

Brussels - Sulaiman Almazroui, Ambassador of the UAE to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, Head of Mission to the European Union, last evening hosted a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National day of the United Arab Emirates. Hundreds of participants gathered in the prestigious Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels to celebrate the Spirit of the Union, including Nabil Al Arabi, Secretary General of the Arab League, ministers, ambassadors, high ranking ...  >>MORE

UAE embassies across the world celebrate 40th National Day

Posted on 04/12/2011

Capitals around the word - UAE's embassies and diplomatic missions across the world celebrated the 40th anniversary of the UAE National Day. From Washington to Warsaw, from Brussels to Brasilia and from Moscow to Manila the embassies of the United Arab Emirates hosted gala receptions under the patronage of the ambassadors in the respective countries. Senior state officials of each country, members of the business communities, cultural personalities, members of other diplomatic missions and ...  >>MORE

Maintain a global outlook to ensure peace and prosperity, says Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Posted on 04/12/2011

H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, has said while celebrating the UAE's 40th national day, it is important to reflect on the country's role in the world today and its continuous commitment to tackle the challenges. "With so much prosperity at home, it is easy to forget that for all its blessings, the UAE is located in a tough regional neighbourhood, marked in many places by war and unrest that is vividly present. A deliberate and carefully balanced foreign policy, ...  >>MORE

Hamdan sheds light on UAE’s progress

Posted on 04/12/2011

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the National Media Council, stated that the celebrations of the 40th UAE National Day is not just a ceremonial event, but an occasion to count the magnitude of achievements that accumulate over the years. In an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Kuwaitiah published on Friday, Sheikh Hamdan described the 40th National day as an immortal memory spanning for four decades of work, dedication and impressive ...  >>MORE

Colourful cultural parade celebrates achievements

Posted on 04/12/2011

People of all ages and nationalities were treated to a 45-minute Downtown Parade yesterday that featured five themed floats representing the traditional UAE culture and heritage and various cultural performances from around the world. The parade, organised by Emaar Properties in collaboration with the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, was held in celebration of the UAE's 40th National Day. The country's achievements through its 40 years of solidarity became the main theme of the ...  >>MORE

Khalifa addresses the nation on national day

Posted on 02/12/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has said the UAE has made remarkable achievements that have catapulted it to the ranks of advanced nations, thanks to the sincere and tireless efforts spearheaded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his fellow founding fathers, who toiled in silence to initiate a march whose aims fit with our genuine national values and principles. Addressing the nation in a statement to Diraa Al Watan Magazine (Nation Shield), on the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid hails UAE's 40 years of achievements

Posted on 02/12/2011

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has said that sound vision, long term determination and indomitable will have helped the UAE to attain the excellence and leadership in various fields. In a statement to Diraa Al Watan Magazine (Shield of The Nation) on the occasion of the UAE's 40th National Day Anniversary, he added that since the dawn of the second of December, 1971, the wheel of development outlined by the late ...  >>MORE

Rulers address the nation on 40th national day anniversary

Posted on 02/12/2011

Their Highnesses Members of Supreme Council, Rulers of Emirates, have highlighted the essence of Union and achievements attained by the UAE over the last four decades. They paid a glowing tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and other founding fathers of the Union, who made the dream come true, citing the prestigious status attained by the country as a result of the Union and strenuous work. They greeted the current UAE leadership under President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa ...  >>MORE

UAE scores more prosperity and achievements

Posted on 02/12/2011

On 2nd December, the United Arab Emirates, celebrates its 40th National Day while continuing confidently on its way to achieve more prosperity and achievements which began with the wisdom, loyalty and generosity of the Founding Father Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The march then continued under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who launched with his wise vision and leadership experience, the empowerment stage to achieve more gains and ...  >>MORE

President issues decrees on National Day

Posted on 01/12/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a number of decrees within the framework of his keenness to achieve the welfare of the citizens and help them get their ambitions in a stable and comfortable life. On the occasion of the 40th National Day celebrations, Sheikh Khalifa issued a decree to increase salaries of all federal government employees with effect from January 2012. According to the resolution a special allowance will be given to undersecretaries and ...  >>MORE

Khalifa gets greetings of Queen Elizabeth II

Posted on 01/12/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a letter of greetings from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the UAE National Day. The letter was received by General His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces during a meeting here today with HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. Sheikh Mohammed and Prince Andrew reviewed during ...  >>MORE

Khalifa, Mohammed bin Rashid get congratulations from Heads of States on National Day

Posted on 01/12/2011

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received the congratulations cables on the 40th anniversary of the UAE national day from a number of Arab, Muslim and Foreign countries' Kings, and Presidents. Sheikh Khalifa received the greetings from Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, President of ...  >>MORE

Illumination show traces country's development

Posted on 01/12/2011

Al Ain: The historic Jahili Fort was transformed into a spectacular display of light and colours on Tuesday night with an illumination show that depicted the visions of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The show, which has a series of montage of imagery will be held daily until December 3. Presented through contemporary illustrations and light technology, the six-minute show is organised by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage as part of the UAE's 40th National Day ...  >>MORE

All roads lead to Capital corniche

Posted on 01/12/2011

Spewing out a long trail of green, red, black and white smoke, F16s beckoned residents to the Capital’s beach area while the Mirage tried to steal the show away from the dancing sea water choreographed to sway and twirl to Arabic music. The military fighter jets zoomed past in an impressive display of coordinated moves, startling the multitude that had gathered on Wednesday afternoon at the Abu Dhabi Corniche to take part in the four-day festival to celebrate the 40th UAE National Day “It ...  >>MORE

National Day celebrations across the UAE

Posted on 01/12/2011

Mountain clans have celebrated with their fishing clan brothers at mass tribal celebrations in the north. In the cities, government departments have put on luncheons and exhibitions, and private companies have hoisted strings of flags across their foyers. Schoolchildren have made artwork and written poetry about Sheikh Zayed, the founding President. Homes and cars everywhere are decked out in red, green, white and black. But the past 40 days pale in comparison to the events about to unfold. ...  >>MORE

Website launched for greeting UAE leaders

Posted on 29/11/2011

The Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai has launched a dedicated website where UAE residents and visitors can post their greetings to the UAE leadership on the occasion of the 40th National Day. "The dedicated website is part of our UAE National Day celebrations and serves as a platform where people can post their congratulatory messages and greetings to the leaders of the UAE. We would also like to thank Global Business Solutions for their efforts in creating this website for ...  >>MORE

Google celebrates UAE's 40th anniversary

Posted on 29/11/2011

Google announced yesterday the 14 finalists of the national Doodle 4 Google 'My UAE' school competition. The company launched the competition in honour of the United Arab Emirates' 40th National Day and the winner will have his/her Doodle featured as the UAE National Day doodle on www.google.ae December 2nd. For the past few weeks, Emirati school students have been busy "doodling" on the Google logo. More than 30 schools participated in the national competition, and an estimated 20,000 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Beaches comes to life with a variety of family friendly 40th National Day festivities

Posted on 29/11/2011

The Corniche festival celebrating the UAE's 40th National Day opens today and will run until Saturday the 3rd of December. Organisers encouraged citizens and residents of the UAE to join in the carnival atmosphere which offers hours of free entertainment for the whole family. Stretched over 1.7 kilometres of the Abu Dhabi Beaches the celebrations, which will be divided into 5 unique zones areas, will be open to the public daily from 5pm to midnight. The action-packed festivities are expected ...  >>MORE

National Media Council celebrates National Day

Posted on 29/11/2011

The National Media Council (NMC) organised a cultural programme in its courtyards on Monday as part of the festivities marking the 40th National Day of the UAE. The celebrations, held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works and Chairman of National Media Council, took the gathering into the memories of the past and the land's rich heritage. Poets recited their versifications in love of the nation, as symbols of the country's earlier Bedouin life ...  >>MORE

Dubai Women’s College celebrates the spirit of the Union

Posted on 29/11/2011

Afra Butti AlMuhairi and Sara Saif AlMuhairi, graduates from the college, had come to showcase their love for the nation with a special cake designs at one of the stalls. "Today, we are successful entrepreneurs because of the education we got at this very college. We couldn't have been where we are without the excellent education our faculty provided us with,” said Afra as she put the finishing touches on the cake balls. Other stalls at the bazaar showcased National Day paraphernalia and ...  >>MORE

Banks, stock markets closed on Thursday

Posted on 29/11/2011

The Ministries and public institutions will close on Thursday, December 01, 2011, and resume on Sunday, December 4, according to the circular issued on Friday by Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources. According to the circular, the Islamic New Hijri Year 1433 holiday has been moved to Thursday, December 1, as it coincides with the National Day holiday from December 2 to December 3, 2011. Al Qattami congratulated ...  >>MORE

Spotlight on major changes in the UAE

Posted on 28/11/2011

The UAE's remarkable transformation into one of the region's major cultural, economic and educational hubs is being highlighted at a week-long series of discussions at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) as part of its National Day activities. The seminar, titled ‘40 years: The UAE Federal Experience', began yesterday and will conclude on Wednesday. "We are very proud to celebrate all that the UAE has achieved in the 40 years since its unification and having this ...  >>MORE

National Media Council to host 100 journalists from 43 countries on the 40th National Day Anniversary

Posted on 28/11/2011

Hundred journalists from 43 countries will converge in the UAE upon invitation from National Media Council (NMC) from Monday, Nov. 28 - Dec. 02, to meet the high ranking officials and ministers, and cover the UAE landmarks and achievements, on the occasion of the 40th National Day Anniversary. The move follows the directives by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, Chairman of the NMC. The NMC will organise the visit of media delegations to the Sheikh Zayed Grand ...  >>MORE

‘RedBall’ bounces across capital city

Posted on 27/11/2011

Many capital residents have been quite puzzled by the presence of a certain red ball, which was first seen at the Sheikh Zayed Bridge. Travelling from there to the Corniche, Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain, Madinat Zayed, Western Region, all the way up till Al Mirfa, where it was on Saturday, the mystery has been solved. The RedBall Project, which has gone to cities including Barcelona, Chicago, Taipei and Sydney is here and is part of the official National Day celebrations. According to the ...  >>MORE

Channel to broadcast special National day programmes

Posted on 27/11/2011

Commemorating the 40th National Day on Dec.2, Etisalat announced on Saturday that it has activated a new channel for eLife TV viewers on Channel No.40 that will broadcast documentaries and special programmes about the UAE. The channel will televise a special edition of the ‘Baba Khalifa' song sung by Etisalat's very own e-junior character, Dana. In addition, customers will get to watch eLife TV's exclusive historic content on the journey of the nation's unification and landmark ...  >>MORE

Students display pride in being Emirati

Posted on 27/11/2011

As part of the UAE's 40th National Day activities, the students of the Higher Colleges of Technology's Abu Dhabi Women's College engaged visitors at Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi with a celebration of national culture recently. The event, the idea of the ADWC Student Representative Council, shed light on the importance of national identity under the theme ‘Our heritage is our wealth and our past is our pride.' Students hosted stalls offering henna painting, Arabic coffee, photographs in traditional ...  >>MORE

Prince Andrew, the British Duke of York, attended an event to mark the UAE's 40th Anniversary

Posted on 24/11/2011

The swanky affair was also a prelude to honour The Club's 50th anniversary next year. Prince Andrew arrived royally late in a sleek black car and was greeted by a group of children who had turned out in excitement to wave the British and UAE flags. The event, which was held in the The Club's new gardens, was also attended by the British Ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey, and about 500 members, who showed up to meet the prince in person. Prince Andrew was in high spirits as he walked ...  >>MORE

Nationals take patriotic spirit to sea

Posted on 24/11/2011

As part of the 40th UAE National Day celebrations, the Ministry of Labour (MoL) in the UAE organised a water parade from Kalbaa to the shores of Fujairah in conjunction with the Fujairah International Marine Club. With the participation of eight rowing boats, the parade kicked off from Kalbaa Corniche to the Fujairah marine sports club — travelling a distance of four kilometres. The boats, which are up to 30 feet in length, carried 88 young UAE national sailors and were decked with ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo to celebrate National Day by naming 40 Arabian Species

Posted on 23/11/2011

Al Ain Zoo has invited fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate the 40th UAE National Day by naming 40 animals and plant species that are unique to the UAE and Arabian Peninsula. With the anniversary less than 10 days away, the virtual conversation aims to engage Al Ain Zoo's growing social media community in an interesting and educational way to highlight and celebrate the diverse array of indigenous species to the region in commemoration of this patriotic holiday. According ...  >>MORE

Dubai Rally to run on National Day weekend

Posted on 21/11/2011

The 33rd Dubai International Rally, the final round of the 2011 FIA Middle East Rally Championship, will be staged on UAE National Day weekend under the patronage of Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the UAE and given the full support of the Dubai Ruler's Court, one of the region's longest running international events will add another chapter to the nation's sporting history by giving a big climax to ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s main National Day event on Dec 1

Posted on 17/11/2011

The main event marking the National Day celebrations in Dubai will be held at the Heritage Village in Shindaga area, which still has remnants of the ancient heritage of the emirate, on December 1. With the national slogan ‘Spirit of the Union', the ceremony marking the auspicious event will be held from 3.30pm. The village will be full of activities even before the commencement of the main ceremony, which will be held on the Dubai Creek narrating the story of the spirit of the UAE ...  >>MORE

Exciting events for 40th National Day planned

Posted on 16/11/2011

With the aim of creating an all encompassing set of celebrations, the National Day Celebrations Committee, in association with representatives from all seven emirates have planned a series of exciting events, projects and programmes stretching across all the nation, to promote the national identity and salute the nation's rich history, culture, and achievements. The programme sets to engage all who call the UAE home, and present them with the opportunity to reflect on their bonds and ties ...  >>MORE

Burj Al Arab to host jazz legend Wynton Marsalis to celebrate 40th UAE National Day

Posted on 10/11/2011

On Friday, 2 December 2011, an iconic jazz musician will make his Dubai debut at the World's Most Luxurious Hotel to celebrate the UAE's 40th national day. Nine-time Grammy winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis will perform an intimate evening of jazz to just 250 jazz lovers at the Burj Al Arab. "Marking the 40th anniversary of the UAE at the Burj Al Arab - one of the world's most recognised landmarks - with Wynton Marsalis - one of the world's most recognised jazz musicians and ...  >>MORE

Just 40 BMWs made for UAE's 40th anniversary

Posted on 10/11/2011

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the unification of the United Arab Emirates, which took place in December 1971, BMW Group will launch the BMW 7 Series UAE 40th Anniversary Limited Edition at the 2011 Dubai International Motor Show. The exclusive example of BMW's flagship model will be limited to just 40 cars and sold by BMW Group's two importers in the UAE: AGMC and Abu Dhabi Motors The BMW 7 Series UAE 40th Anniversary Limited Edition features an exclusive Marakesh Brown exterior colour. ...  >>MORE

UAE National Day bash begins with a bang

Posted on 02/11/2011

Fabulous at forty and confident of the future. A celebratory mood gripped the country as it kicked off National Day celebrations with a short but sparkling fireworks display in the Capital on Tuesday. At 8pm, the night sky above the Gulf waters along the Abu Dhabi Corniche dazzled with an array of colour. But that was only the beginning. A series of rousing events have been lined up across the country, culminating in the grand finale on December 2. Emirati heritage will be showcased and the ...  >>MORE

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Awe-inspiring Official Ceremony for the UAE 40th National Day United the Nation in Celebration


President receives Sheikh Rashid Award for the Humanitarian Personality 2010-2011


Khalifa receives commemorative plaques carrying signatures of diplomats


The largest sword on earth becomes UAE landmark


Clinton: UAE's achievements serve as a beacon for countries around the world


UAE Embassy in Washington, DC Celebrates Country's 40th National Day


UAE National Day celebrated in Europe


UAE embassies across the world celebrate 40th National Day


Maintain a global outlook to ensure peace and prosperity, says Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Hamdan sheds light on UAE’s progress


Colourful cultural parade celebrates achievements


Khalifa addresses the nation on national day


Mohammed bin Rashid hails UAE's 40 years of achievements


Rulers address the nation on 40th national day anniversary


UAE scores more prosperity and achievements


President issues decrees on National Day


Khalifa gets greetings of Queen Elizabeth II


Khalifa, Mohammed bin Rashid get congratulations from Heads of States on National Day


Illumination show traces country's development


All roads lead to Capital corniche


National Day celebrations across the UAE


Website launched for greeting UAE leaders


Google celebrates UAE's 40th anniversary


Abu Dhabi Beaches comes to life with a variety of family friendly 40th National Day festivities


National Media Council celebrates National Day


Dubai Women’s College celebrates the spirit of the Union


Banks, stock markets closed on Thursday


Spotlight on major changes in the UAE


National Media Council to host 100 journalists from 43 countries on the 40th National Day Anniversary


‘RedBall’ bounces across capital city


Channel to broadcast special National day programmes


Students display pride in being Emirati


Prince Andrew, the British Duke of York, attended an event to mark the UAE's 40th Anniversary


Nationals take patriotic spirit to sea


Al Ain Zoo to celebrate National Day by naming 40 Arabian Species


Dubai Rally to run on National Day weekend


Dubai’s main National Day event on Dec 1


Exciting events for 40th National Day planned


Burj Al Arab to host jazz legend Wynton Marsalis to celebrate 40th UAE National Day


Just 40 BMWs made for UAE's 40th anniversary


UAE National Day bash begins with a bang