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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

From New York to Saudi Arabia, the world celebrates UAE National Day

The Nasdaq building in New York pays tribute Sheikh Zayed, Manchester City stars send the UAE best wishes, and even Google gets in on the act

The Nasdaq building in New York marks UAE National Day. Wam
The Nasdaq building in New York marks UAE National Day. Wam

The Nasdaq building in New York has paid tribute to the late president, Sheikh Zayed.

The stock market building mural, which also displays the UAE's 46th National Day emblem, features two images of Sheikh Zayed, one in monochrome and the other featuring the UAE national colours, Wam reported on Saturday.

It comes as countries from Saudi Arabia to the UK send messages in honour of National Day.

For example, the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Saudi Arabia has been lit up with the colours of the UAE flag for National Day.

Oil company Saudi Aramco reposted a video from the country's oil minister, Khalid Al Falih, showing the complex in Dhahran emblazoned with red, white, black and green in honour of National Day on Saturday. The arts centre is also known as Ithra and is a Saudi Aramco initiative.

Other initiatives in Saudi Arabia to mark the day are planned to mark the close ties between the two countries.

It is not the only initiative marked abroad in honour of National Day this week.

During the week, the glass pyramid of the Louvre in Paris was also bathed in UAE colours.

Louvre Museum in Paris lights up with the colours of the UAE flag on Wednesday. WAM
Louvre Museum in Paris lights up with the colours of the UAE flag on Wednesday. Wam

On Saturday, members of Manchester City and Etihad Airways sent a video message in honour of National Day.

"Mabrook UAE," said player Vincent Kompany. The video also featured Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne and Etihad cabin crew.

Meanwhile, the UAE's embassies and diplomatic missions across the world have also celebrated the 46th National Day.

The festivities included cultural and heritage events highlighting the nation's development over the past 46 years.

Even Google got in on the celebrations. The search giant's famous "doodle" showing an Emirati girl and boy with a falcon and oryx in honour of National Day.

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