Happy UAE National Day!

My sister and I (and Barr and Virginia!) had some fabulous times here in Dubai last week. Anna’s visit was a great success, and I even got to experience some new things in and around Dubai. More on that this week 🙂

Today I wanted to wish the UAE a very happy 42nd National Day (Al-Eid Al Watani in Arabic.) (For my readers in the states, this holiday is akin to July 4th – Canada, July 1st – Canada Day). But yall, I have to say, I’ve NEVER seen patriotism to this extent – pictures don’t do it justice. Flags, costumes, hats, stickers on cars and boats…it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen, and it’s so much more fun given the recent award for the 2020 World Expo bid (more on that later this week, too!) The Emirati are a very proud people (rightfully so), and it’s contagious. Given that barely 10% of the UAE are comprise, you’ve got to assume that more than 10% of the residents of the UAE are celebrating this day to the fullest extent 🙂 There are contests for the best decorated cars and shop windows – some of the awards are worth more than 1 million AED!

Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi & their National Day decor

Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi & their National Day decor

Burj al Arab lobby and the long flag

Burj al Arab lobby and the long flag

More flags

More flags

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Why not?

Why not?

Because why wouldn't you adorn your G Wagon with UAE leaders?

Because why wouldn’t you adorn your G Wagon with UAE leaders?

Baba Zayed

Baba Zayed

What is National Day exactly? I’ll give you a quick overview: December 2 marks the anniversary of the day which formally nationalized the emirate states and broke protectorate ties with Britain. This effort was really spearheaded by Baba Zayed – you can read more about the UAE leaders here.

UAE leaders

UAE leaders

The original picture (and Barr)

The original picture (and Barr)

The original 7 sheikhs when the UAE flag  was raised for the first time

The original 7 sheikhs when the UAE flag was raised for the first time

Happy 42nd National Day, United Arab Emirates! There is definitely a lot to celebrate and to be proud of! Until next time…

"At the Top" of the Burj Khalifa last week with our festive UAE flags

“At the Top” of the Burj Khalifa last week with our festive UAE flags

The Burj Khalifa lit up last night ahead of the National Day celebrations

The Burj Khalifa lit up last night ahead of the National Day celebrations

 

2 responses to “Happy UAE National Day!

  1. It really does get to you somehow, this celebration even if you’re not a local. I always look forward to it specially the crazy car designs. 🙂