Every year in November 3rd, people in the Emirates celebrate this national occasion, in which they reaffirm their allegiance to the UAE flag, which is a symbol of the country's unity and greatness and represents their aspirations for a better future.

The Flag is considered a symbol of nationalism, independence and sovereignty in all places and at all times. It is closely connected to the national anthem, with both commanding the full respect of all citizens regardless of social status, education and financial standing. The flag represents all, without exception.

The UAE flag reflects the ambitions and hopes of citizens and expatriates living in the land, particularly students who greet the flag daily in respect of the state’s role in creating generations of achievers and creatives.

"The UAE Flag Day is a national occasion where we remember the efforts of our founders, Shaikh Zayed and Shaikh Rashid, and their brothers who sacrificed everything for the nation".

“The Flag demonstrate our unity behind our leader, our love for him, and the pledge of the people to be loyal to him as a president and leader of the UAE”.

- said His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


The UAE flag story?

The UAE flag was adopted on December 1971 and hoisted by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul in peace, declaring the establishment of the United Arab Emirates as an independent country.

The Flag was designed by Mr. Abdulla Mohammed Al Ma’enah after he read an advertisement announcing a competition for designing the UAE flag sponsored by Al Diwan Al Amiri Abu Dhabi. The competition was published in the Al Ittihad newspaper in Abu Dhabi two months prior to the declaration of the UAE’s formation. About 1,030 designs participated, with only 6 short-listed from which the present-day flag was ultimately selected.

The designer was inspired by verses from a poem written by the poet Safi-u-ddin Al Hali describing our acts as white, plains as green, battles as dark, and swords as red.

What do the UAE flag colours mean?

The flag of the United Arab Emirates contains the Pan-Arab colors, which symbolize Arabian unity. It was adopted on 1971. Like the flag of every nation, it must be respected and treated with honor.

What those colours represent is important in a special way to Emiratis:

Red| Represents Strength and Sovereignty.

Green| Refer to Generosity and Agriculture.

ًWhite | Represents Purity and Peace.

Black | Refer to Courage and Power.


Why 3rd of November?

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has called on all members of the UAE community to launch a nationwide campaign to celebrate the UAE Flag Day on the November 3rd, which coincides with the anniversary of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's assumption of office as the leader of the country.

On this day, On this day, Emiratis joined by Expatriates across the UAE hoist the flag atop their buildings, use flag decoration at their homes and at work places. Salute the flag in reflection of their belonging to their homeland, their loyalty to their prudent leadership and in glorification of the country’s national symbols .

Flag Day is a day of celebration, reflecting a symbol of unity, patriotism, loyalty and adherence to the values of the union established by the UAE’s Founding Fathers.