‘A Time to Celebrate and Remember’

Main PhotoThe UAE has probably changed more than any other country on earth over the past 44 years, building upon its new oil wealth in order to provide its citizens with a lifestyle that few can rival. The 44th National Day on December 2nd, therefore, will be celebrated with genuine enthusiasm by the entire population and nowhere more so than at Al Halabi, which has grown and evolved alongside the UAE to become the MENA region’s leading designer, manufacturer, supplier and installer of the world’s very finest commercial kitchen equipment.

If the UAE is very different to what it was a little less than half-a-century ago though, it is even more unrecognisable to what it was 100,000 years ago during the Early Stone Age. Stone tools have been found along the edge of the Hajar Mountains, giving historians a tantalising glimpse of some of the region’s very first inhabitants.

Much better documented are the arrival of Islam in 630 CE, the pearl industry, which flourished during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the coming of the oil companies in the 1930s to carry out surveys. The latter, of course, changed everything, and on December 2nd, 1971, the UAE was established with six emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ajman). Ras Al Khaimah joined in February 1972. It is a history that really is worth celebrating.

Forth ParagraphJust two days prior to the UAE National Day is UAE Martyrs Day, a new official holiday that will take place on November 30th. It will salute the martyrdom of Emirati heroes who have lost their lives defending the sovereignty of the nation both at home and overseas in the fields of civil, military and humanitarian services.

44 National Day Logo with RibbonSalahuddine Al Halabi, Chairman of Al Halabi, spoke for everyone within the company when he said: “I want to congratulate the UAE and its leaders for everything that has been achieved to date, and look forward to celebrating the ongoing success of this amazing country on the 44th UAE National Day. On behalf of the entire team at Al Halabi, I would also like to send my sincere condolences and support to all of the family and friends of those who have fallen when defending this country. UAE Martyrs Day will be a time for reflection when we can mark and proudly recall the dedication and loyalty of the many Emirati heroes who are sadly no longer with us.”

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

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