The three-day celebration of Eid Al Adha has begun. Worldwide, Muslims celebrate this Eid, the feast of sacrifice, to commemorate an event that is holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews: the moment when Prophet Abraham offered his son as a sacrifice to God.
In the UAE, the festivities combine religious observation and wholehearted celebration. As the more important of the two Eids - not for nothing is this weekend known as Eid Al Kabir, "The Big Eid" - the holiday has been extended across the country in ways that people of all faiths and cultures can enjoy.
The country has become a popular destination on this most important holiday, welcoming visitors from near and far. It is a privilege to host so many visitors during this special time, and the nation warmly embraces friends and neighbours.
The UAE has much for which to be grateful. The millions who visit the country and the millions who live here find an easy and tolerant place to live, work and visit. During this celebration of sacrifice, we acknowledge the hard work that has gone before, and the hard work ahead as this young nation grows.