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UAE National Day - All you need to know

Dubai is one of the most famed tourist attractions globally. With a world of attractions to offer, tourism in Dubai is growing like a weed. The number of international tourists flocking to Dubai has shown a significant growth of 1 Million, rising from 10.77 Million in 2016 to 11.78 Million to date. But the thriving luxury that you delve in to in Dubai, has not always been this way. It was this day decades ago, that we have commemorated as the National Day of UAE, which gave birth to the place we now know as the United Arab Emirates.

It’s time for celebration. It’s time to embrace delicious traditional cuisines & shopping extravaganza. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan used to celebrate UAE National Day with its full zest. The day named after ‘This is Zayed’ accounts for the grand celebration for the people of United Arab Emirates.

To honor & reflect the spirit of the union of all the seven estates marks a great achievement for the people. It’s time to bring your family & friends to celebrate the festive activities with its full-swing. Enjoy, shop, and celebrate the existence of this wonderful country. How can you miss the huge fireworks?

It’s time to re-visit the 10 must visits sights in Dubai. There will be a lot of celebration & a lot of discount waiting for you. You’ll be welcomed with open arms and you can enjoy food from every region of the gulf.

But before we start let’s look at the history of United Arab Emirates National Day. How it came into existence & what is its relevance to the people living in UAE?

In December of 1971, the rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Al-Ain, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain agreed to unite, formulating the notion of UAE (United Arab Emirates). Later in February 1972, the seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah decided to join the conglomerate and become a single entity.

The idea of a united colonization in UAE began soon after the British declared their willingness to withdraw from colonies and protectorates of the eastern Mediterranean. A meeting was held between Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Makhtoum and upon mutual consensus, they decided to unite, inviting the other Gulf Emirates to join hands. Although the British departed in 1968, the National Day celebrations started three years afterward in 1971, when the Emirates federal constitution approved the principle on Dec 1, 1971. The very next day, the seventh emirate decided to join hands as well. The current flag of UAE was raised in a hostel building, now known as the “House of Union”, where the heads of 7 emirates gathered to take an influential decision. Sheikh Zayed was the elected president of the union and Sheikh Rashid was the vice president of UAE. Each year, the 2nd of December marks the festivities of the National day of UAE.

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