x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Fluttering high

The Flag Day is a chance for everyone, both Emiratis and expats, to reflect on the profound meaning of patriotism.

National Editorial

The UAE flag was raised high over homes, businesses and government buildings all over the country yesterday in honour of Flag Day, a celebration to mark the anniversary of the accession in 2004 of Sheikh Khalifa as President.

In announcing the campaign at the start of this week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said the flag “represents the unity of our homeland and our shared vision and future and it unifies our hearts to adore our homeland and mobilises our energy and resources to build the future of our nation”. Yesterday, the UAE celebrated the accession of its leader, who followed his father’s footsteps by continuing the implementation of development projects throughout the country. The vision of the founder lives on through his son.

But Flag Day is also a chance for everyone, both Emiratis and expatriates, to reflect on the meaning of patriotism and loyalty. The UAE is not just home to its citizens; it is home to millions of people from other countries who continue to contribute greatly to their adopted land, and to show devotion and understanding to the country that all of us are proud to call home.