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