UAE Flag Day 2022

UAE Flag Day is a major national event celebrated each year on November 3.

Emiratis across the country commemorate the day by displaying UAE flags in their homes, mosques, and other public places.

The holiday commemorates the accession of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Sheikh Khalifa) as President of the United Arab Emirates. He took the position on November 3, 2004.

In 2022, UAE Flag Day falls on a Thursday. If you’re lucky enough to be in Dubai or Abu Dhabi during Flag Day festivities, be sure to check out some of the events.

UAE Flag Day, Dubai
UAE Flag Day, Dubai

The UAE flag is hoisted across the Emirates at government offices and buildings, businesses, schools, and homes. Flag raising ceremonies take place at 11 am. Emiratis sing the national anthem while the flag is being raised.

Previous years have seen a fantastic flag display at Kite Beach in Umm Suqeim, Dubai. In 2019 over 4,000 flags were laid on the sands. When viewed from above they were designed to resemble the faces of Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed.

Unlike UAE National Day, UAE Flag Day is not a public holiday.

UAE Flag Day was first observed in 2013. The idea of this national occasion was conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Sheikh Mohammed), Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai.

The flag of the United Arab Emirates incorporates the Pan-Arab colours. It is composed of three equal horizontal bands of green, white, and black, with a vertical red bar on the hoist side.

The flag was adopted in 1971 when the UAE became an independent country.

More information about the origins of the flag, its design, the special meaning of the colours, its place in Emirati culture, and images to download can be found on this page.

Event Details


Venue: Dubai and UAE

United Arab Emirates

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