Cel­e­bra­tions fo­cus on ‘Legacy of An­ces­tors’

UAE Na­tional Day is also a time to en­vi­sion new chap­ters for the story of the UAE’S progress, char­ac­terised by in­no­va­tive strate­gies and a for­ward-fac­ing out­look

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The of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tions of the 48th Na­tional Day be­gan with the na­tional an­them of the UAE in the pres­ence of thou­sands of res­i­dents in Abu Dhabi on Mon­day evening at the at Zayed Sports City Sta­dium.

The event, un­der the pa­tron­age of the Pres­i­dent of the UAE, Sheikh Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was at­tended by His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai, His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces and Their High­ness Mem­bers of the Fed­eral Supreme Coun­cil and Rulers of the Emi­rates, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers, and dig­ni­taries. The roy­als wit­nessed the cel­e­bra­tion themed ‘Legacy of our An­ces­tors’ at the sta­dium.

Sheikh Mo­hamed Bin Zayed said, “I have wit­nessed the cel­e­bra­tion of the 48th Na­tional Day un­der the slo­gan ‘Legacy of our An­ces­tors.’ We are all over­whelmed by our pride in our val­ues and our in­her­ited her­itage, hap­pi­ness and pride in our coun­try’s achieve­ments and na­tional achieve­ments.

The show took the au­di­ence on a vivid jour­ney of the UAE’S her­itage through a se­ries of sto­ries high­light­ing val­ues of courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion, gen­eros­ity, and tol­er­ance, which have been long em­bed­ded in the UAE’S na­tional and so­cial fab­ric and have been passed down through gen­er­a­tions.

The epic scale of this pro­duc­tion has been brought to life by the ef­forts of many ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als com­ing from di­verse back­grounds and cul­tures, a true reflection of co-ex­is­tence and tol­er­ance which are key com­po­nents of the UAE’S so­cial in­clu­sion, with more than 200 na­tion­al­i­ties liv­ing in har­mony.

Show­ing the gen­er­ous and wel­com­ing Emi­rati iden­tity, this year’s cel­e­bra­tion will wel­come 20,000 at­ten­dees, both ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents, who will to­gether ex­press their love and pride for the UAE. Dr Ahmed El Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar, has con­grat­u­lated the United Arab Emi­rates’ lead­er­ship, govern­ment and peo­ple on the UAE’S 48th Na­tional Day.

In a state­ment, Al Azhar Al Sharif and the Grand Imam con­grat­u­late Pres­i­dent Sheikh Khal­ifa, Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid, Sheikh Mo­hamed Bin Zayed, Their High­nesses Supreme Coun­cil Mem­bers and Rulers of the Emi­rates, and the Emi­rati peo­ple on the oc­ca­sion, wish­ing more progress, growth and wel­fare for the coun­try.

The Grand Imam ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the UAE’S de­vel­op­ment model and the role of its lead­ers in pro­mot­ing the val­ues of peace, co­ex­is­tence and open­ness to the cul­tures and civil­i­sa­tions of the world. He also com­mended the UAE’S stance in sup­port­ing the Arab and hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues, tol­er­ance ef­forts, and spread­ing the prin­ci­ples of hu­man fra­ter­nity.

On the other hand, from the Mid­dle East­ern oud to the beats of the Djembe drum, the univer­sal lan­guage of mu­sic pro­vides a stir­ring sound­track to Expo 2020 Dubai’s glo­be­trot­ting cel­e­bra­tion for the 48th UAE Na­tional Day in a new short film.

Stars from across the planet are cap­tured per­form­ing the UAE Na­tional an­them, Ishy Bal­ady, in their home coun­tries. The two-minute video be­gins with the sub­tle strains of oud mu­sic in the UAE be­fore criss-cross­ing the globe to bring to­gether a di­verse ar­ray of mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Chi­nese pi­anist and pro­ducer CORSAK, In­dian slide gui­tarist Niki Mukhi, Bri­tish trum­peter Paul Spong and Saudi mu­si­cian multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Ha­toon Idrees, along­side in­di­vid­ual artists from the Nor­we­gian State Orches­tra, Rus­sia’s Min­ski The­atre and the Philip­pine Phil­har­monic Orches­tra. A choir of school chil­dren from Raf­fles World Acad­emy pro­vide the vo­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the track.

Lo­ca­tions fea­tured in the video in­clude the Dubai desert, the Taj Ma­hal in In­dia, the fjords of Nor­way, Rizal Park in Manila, as well as ma­jor world me­trop­o­lises such as Lon­don and Shang­hai.

Led by Os­car-short­listed Emi­rati di­rec­tor Nahla Al Fa­had, the com­pi­la­tion re­flects the UAE’S col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit and in­clu­sive, for­ward-think­ing core val­ues, while bring­ing to life Expo 2020’s theme of ‘Con­nect­ing Minds, Cre­at­ing the Fu­ture’ and how the The World’s Great­est Show - the first World Expo in the re­gion - will bring to­gether 192 na­tions when it opens on 20 Oc­to­ber 2020.

The video builds on the suc­cess of last year’s ‘Orches­tra of the World’ video, Expo 2020’s cel­e­bra­tion of the 47th UAE Na­tional Day, which con­nected mu­si­cians from 190 coun­tries for a mov­ing desert per­for­mance of the Na­tional an­them.

‘I have wit­nessed the cel­e­bra­tion of the 48th Na­tional Day un­der the slo­gan Legacy of our An­ces­tors. We are all over­whelmed by our pride in our val­ues, our her­itage... and achieve­ments,’ said Sheikh Mo­hamed Bin Zayed.

UAE cel­e­brated its 48th Na­tional Day with great fer­vour and gai­ety all across the seven emi­rates. The UAE also set a new world record with the largest flag ever flown in a free fall in Dubai.

“UAE Na­tional Day is a time to re­flect on the glo­ri­ous mo­ment that marked a mile­stone in the his­tory of our coun­try 48 years ago, and has since, trans­formed the lives of the Emi­rati peo­ple. The unity, strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion en­vi­sioned by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan laid a solid foun­da­tion of am­bi­tious growth and pro­gres­sive de­vel­op­ment that has to­day es­tab­lished the na­tion as a mod­ern, pros­per­ous so­ci­ety,” said Mar­wan Bin Jas­sim Al Sarkal, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man, Shar­jah In­vest­ment and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Shurooq).

“The oc­ca­sion is also a time to en­vi­sion new chap­ters for the story of the UAE’S progress, char­ac­terised by in­no­va­tive strate­gies and a for­ward-fac­ing out­look, which have equipped the na­tion to meet both cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges. The UAE is to­day at the fore­front of sev­eral in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic and so­cial in­dices, rank­ing high in eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness, hu­man de­vel­op­ment, in­no­va­tion, ef­fi­ciency of ser­vices, amongst oth­ers,” he said.

“The UAE also be­came a key re­gional and global des­ti­na­tion for busi­nesses and in­vest­ments, thanks to its dy­namic eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion poli­cies, in­no­va­tion in busi­ness mod­els and in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity. The legacy of our found­ing fa­thers con­tin­ues to in­flu­ence de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses in the UAE even to­day, as we move ahead to achieve the ob­jec­tives of the UAE Cen­ten­nial 2071, pre­par­ing the na­tion for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

“At Shurooq, we be­lieve that our mis­sion goes be­yond de­vel­op­ment projects; we are com­mit­ted to build­ing our emi­rate and na­tion in a way that pos­i­tively im­pacts peo­ple’s over­all qual­ity of life and ful­fills fu­ture as­pi­ra­tions of both ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents,” he said.

“UAE Na­tional Day is a cher­ished oc­ca­sion for both ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents of the na­tion. On this glo­ri­ous day, we cel­e­brate the for­ward-look­ing vi­sion of our wise lead­er­ship that is to­day pay­ing rich div­i­dends across all sec­tors of the econ­omy. Bold de­ci­sions and an am­bi­tious eco­nomic vi­sion have boosted the com­pet­i­tive­ness land­scape of the na­tion, trans­form­ing the UAE into a key global in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion. Buoyed by the strength of its ro­bust eco­nomic growth, the UAE is to­day con­sid­ered to be a safe haven for in­vestors and en­trepreneur­s and is seen as the strate­gic gate­way to ex­pand in the re­gion and be­yond to the emerg­ing mar­kets of Asia and Africa,” said Mo­hamed Juma Al Mushar­rkh, CEO of Shar­jah FDI Of­fice (In­vest in Shar­jah).

“Over the past 48 years, the UAE’S pro­gres­sive pol­icy of eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion has es­tab­lished the fun­da­men­tals of a busi­ness-friendly en­vi­ron­ment for global eco­nomic part­ner­ships to guar­an­tee long-term pros­per­ity for its ci­ti­zens. The state-of-the-art in­fra­struc­ture, strong fi­nan­cial re­serves, promising in­vestor ini­tia­tives and in­creased for­eign direct in­vest­ment have con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of a sus­tain­able econ­omy and en­trenched the UAE’S lead­ing po­si­tion on the global eco­nomic map,” he said.

Eng. Khalid Al Ali, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Shar­jah Ur­ban Plan­ning Coun­cil, said: “The UAE Na­tional Day is a time to re­flect on the enor­mous progress our na­tion has achieved over the past 48 years, which has cat­a­pulted in to the fore­front, glob­ally, in cul­tural, sci­en­tific and eco­nomic do­mains. This has all been made pos­si­ble due to the un­stint­ing ef­forts of our peo­ple and the long-term vi­sion of our wise lead­er­ship.”

He added: “Shar­jah Ur­ban Plan­ning Coun­cil prides it­self as a key con­trib­u­tor to the UAE’S de­vel­op­ment jour­ney. It seeks to ad­vance Shar­jah’s in­fra­struc­ture to op­ti­mally meet the fast-chang­ing needs of the emi­rate’s res­i­dents and ci­ti­zens by of­fer­ing them the fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices they need to lead high qual­ity lives. Through our ef­forts, we also seek to achieve Shar­jah and the UAE’S vi­sion of turn­ing the na­tion into a key des­ti­na­tion for youth from around the re­gion and the world, who will see it as a haven for their pro­fes­sional pur­suits as well as the per­fect des­ti­na­tion to en­joy a mod­ern and so­cially con­scious life­styles.”

WAM

↑ The UAE Rulers, Sheikhs and dig­ni­taries at an event to mark the 48th Na­tional Day on Mon­day.

↑ Qasr Al Watan is a new cul­tural land­mark housed within the Pres­i­den­tial Palace com­pound.

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