‘A Great Day, a Great Nation’


December 2nd is a special day for Emirati people and for the UAE. For it was on this day in 1971 that the UK’s treaty expired and the separate sheikdoms decided to form a Union. At first the UAE was a federation of six emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman – with Ras Al Khaimah joining a year later. And to celebrate the UAE’s 45th National Day in 2016, a number of festivities and events will be held throughout the country, with the flag being raised and the national anthem sung with particular pride.

There is much symbolism in the flag of the UAE, since it not only helps us to remember what unites us, but brings to mind all that Sheikh Khalifa has done for the nation and how it has grown as a country and people. And while the flag is made up of the traditional pan-Arab colours, what those colours represent is important in a special way to Emiratis.

  • Red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and courage. The vertical red band can also be interpreted as binding all the other meanings together in unity.
  • Green represents hope, joy, optimism and love. It can also symbolise the country’s prosperity.
  • White represents peace and honesty. White is the purest colour, and is interpreted by some to symbolise cleanliness.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the black band does not represent oil. It stands for the defeat of enemies, and also strength of mind.


And what is a flag without a great national anthem, with the UAE having one of the best! Also popularly known as Ishy Bilady, the UAE national anthem was officially accepted after the formation of the country in 1971. It was composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab, whilst lyrics to the anthem, officially adopted in 1996, were written by Arif Al Sheikh Abdullah Al Hassan. When hearing this anthem, everyone feels a sense of pride that they are living in the UAE; they feel secure and are reminded what it means to be part of a great nation.

Certainly, everyone within Al Halabi feels this way, and the entire team would like to congratulate the President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and all of the Emirates Sheikhs, and the people of this great nation on this auspicious day – the 45th National Day of the UAE.


We would also like to say ‘thank you’ and pay our respects to all of the UAE soldiers who have sacrificed their lives to defend the country in which we all live. They, as well as their friends and families, will be especially in our thoughts on UAE Martyrs Day on November 30th. We salute you.

  • By Bilal Al Halabi, Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment www.al-halabi.com


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