Just days after the formation of the country, the flag was officially hoisted at UN headquarters in New York
Timeframe: UAE flag raised for the first time at the UN in 1971
This week the UAE celebrated Flag Day with citizens and residents coming together to show their pride in the country by prominently displaying the country’s flag. Saturday marks the official day, which coincides with the date Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed was sworn in as president.
Another important date was December 10, 1971, when Adnan Pachachi, then Minister of State, third left in the row of dignitaries, pulled on the rope to raise the flag at the United Nations headquarters in New York. He had flown there just hours after the UAE’s formation on December 2 to submit an application for the country’s membership to the UN. After a week of talks with China and the Soviet Union to convince them not to veto the request, the Security Council and the General Assembly approved.
Secretary General U Thant, second from left at the microphone, spoke at the flag-raising, just days before his term ended.