UAE Flag Day


What is Flag Day?

Flag Day was first celebrated in 2013.

The idea was conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, to celebrate the accession of Sheikh Khalifa as President of the UAE in 2004.

It is commemorated every year on the anniversary, November 3. It is not a public holiday.

This will mark the 10th year of the annual Flag Day being marked by Emiratis and expatriates. On this day, flags fly tall and proud at government buildings, private offices, homes, squares, parks and beaches.

In a tweet reminding residents about the day, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: "Our flag will remain raised.. the symbol of our pride and unity will remain... the banner of our pride, glory and sovereignty will remain high in the sky."

Who designed the UAE flag?

The flag of the UAE was designed in 1971 by the then 19-year-old Abdullah Mohammed Al Maainah after he read an advertisement announcing a competition for the same. His flag was chosen out of 1,030 designs

Do the colours of the flag hold any special meaning?

There are three horizontal bands of green, white and black, with a vertical strip of red next to the mast.The flag’s four colours – known as the pan-Arab colours – each represent a different attribute.They are red for courage, green for hope, white for honesty and black for strength of mind. Together, they represent the unity of Arabs.