How Dubai is celebrating UAE Flag Day 2017

Head out and about today and pay tribute to the country’s flag

If you’ve been noticing a few more UAE flags around town over the past few days, it’s because today is UAE Flag Day.

The day commemorates and remembers the anniversary of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, becoming president in 2004, and is a major part of the UAE’s tradition.

Around town today, you’ll spot huge displays of patriotism, especially around the major malls, including Mall of the Emirates, which will be raising the flag and handing out complimentary flags, and scarves in the colours of the flag, as well as free chocolates to help share the moment with all shoppers.

The flag itself symbolises Arabian unity, using the Pan-Arabian colours of green, white, black and red. The green represents prosperity, hope and optimism, while the white represents peace, honesty, generosity and purity. Black reflects the strength of the people, and the red of the flag represents strength, hardiness and courage, with its position on the flag also thought to be unifying of the other three colours and their meaning.

Elsewhere around town, head to Dubai Festival City Mall for Flag Day, where you’ll find a display of iconic supercars. The Supercar Majlis is open from 7pm until 10pm, featuring more than 60 motors, with many adorning the InterContinental Hotel and Robinsons Department Store.

There’s also a huge digital UAE flag being displayed at Wafi Mall, and visitors are encouraged to participate in a specially designed digital feature, where each person who joins in (by showing their love for the UAE) will contribute to the lighting of the flag. Once 46,000 pledges of patriotism have been made, the entire flag will be lit up and will remain lit until UAE National Day on Saturday December 2, where there will be a huge artistic finale.

We’re also looking forward to seeing Dubai’s major landmarks lit up in suitably patriotic style…

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