Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, joined citizens and residents in a minute of silence at the Oasis of Dignity (Wahat Al Karama) to mark Commemoration Day. The minute of silence is held as a gesture to express pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of the UAE martyrs.
Shaikh Mohammad prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the souls of the martyrs in paradise and save and spare the nation from any evil and harm to continue its blessed march under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Leaders, nationals and residents across the country observed the one-minute silence and offered a silent prayer at 11.30am as a solemn mark of respect for the brave sons of the UAE who gave their lives in the service of the nation.
Flags across the UAE were flown at half-mast from 8am, and were raised again at 11.31am.
Wahat Al Karama, the national martyrs’ monument adjacent to the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, was officially inaugurated on Wednesday. The cultural landmark reflects the UAE’s pride in the sacrifices made by its heroes and where the values of dignity, unity and solidarity for the sake of the nation are enshrined, making it a true oasis of honour, said Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed.
Hashtags #The_UAE_Remembers, launched by the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs office, and #UAEMartyrsDay also trended on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
Employees of many offices and companies, and students of schools stepped out to observe the one-minute silence and then proceeded with the flag-raising ceremony. These include Adnoc, Dubai Wholesale City, the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Smart University, Masdar Institute, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Damac Properties, among others.
No music was played in UAE malls from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday.
The UAE started commemorating its fallen heroes in 2015 and dedicated November 30 for this purpose. It was first called UAE Martyr’s Day, which was later changed to UAE Commemoration Day.
— With inputs from Wam