The United Arab Emirates commemorates its 46th National Day on December 2nd, a day that embodies the very Spirit of the Union and inspires the nation to celebrate 46 years of great achievements since the federation of the seven emirates was established in 1971.
The pattern of celebrating the country’s National Day was initiated by the founding President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his fellow founding fathers of the UAE Federation. That course is now followed by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who continues to lead the nation’s march to progress and prosperity.
The achievements of the UAE over the years since the passing of Sheikh Zayed in 2004 have been made possible due to the directives and encouragement of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, along with their fellow Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, who have consistently contributed to promoting and developing the country through knowledge and innovation.
The UAE today ranks among the world’s leading countries across many key indicators, and is continuing to serve as a true role model for countries around the world.
The country has earned a leading place in the Arab world, and beyond, due to its significant achievements in various fields and its activities in the political, diplomatic, economic and humanitarian arenas at regional and international levels.