Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 7 December 2019

The UAE's bikers rev up for National Day with cross-country rally – in pictures

The annual Love Zayed rally took place this weekend, with hundreds of bikers taking part

Celebrations for the UAE's 48th National Day shifted into top gear on the weekend, and many members of the country's biking community saddled up to mark the occasion.

Keen bikers from around the Emirates took to the roads on Friday for the annual Love Zayed rally, which brings together motorists from across the nation.

Bikers set off from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, with the rally culminating in a meeting outside the Harley Davidson showroom in Sharjah.

Scroll through the gallery above to see more images from the Love Zayed rally.

The event, which was attended by biking clubs including Royal Riders, Singh's Motorcycle Club, Black Eagles and Emirates Falcons, was followed by a dinner in Al Dhaid, Sharjah.

"[Love Zayed] started as a way to carry forward the message of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Zayed, who had given so much to the country," said Gurnam Singh, Dubai resident and founder of Singh’s Motorcycle Club. "It's every individual's responsibility to carry forward his teachings from generation to generation."

In June, we spoke to Singh about the inclusive nature of the motorcycle community, including his club, Singh's Motorcycle Club (dubbed the Turbanators). “Our message is about brotherhood and we want to connect with every community,” he says proudly.

“It’s not a matter of white skin, black skin or whatever it is, it’s just brotherhood. We should all love each other; there should not be any hate.” The group's logo The group’s logo is a golden Khanda, the symbol of the Sikh faith, intertwined with a falcon and two feathers, each ­depicting two flags: that of India and the UAE.

Updated: December 2, 2019 01:15 PM

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