UAE Flag Day is an annual event, held on November 3. It is a countrywide celebration to mark the accession of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Sheikh Khalifa) as President of the UAE. He took the position on November 3 2004.
UAE Flag Day was first celebrated in 2013. The idea 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 UAE flag is hoisted across the emirates at government 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. Viewed from above they formed the faces of Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed.
The UAE flag contains the Pan-Arab colours (red, green, white, and black). More information about the origins of the flag, its design, meaning of the colours, and images to download can be found on this page.
Venue: Dubai and UAE
United Arab Emirates