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What is UAE Commemoration Day?

Formerly known as Martyr's Day, it honours those who have given up their lives for the UAE

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Martyr's Day is a time to honour and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the UAE


When Thursday, November 30

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In short Commemoration Day recognises the sacrifices and dedication of Emirati martyrs, who have given their lives in the UAE and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service.

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The official Commemoration Day logo

What is Commemoration Day?

In 2015, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, decreed that November 30 would become an annual public holiday in the UAE. While a day off work is considered a welcome bonus, it is important to remember what the occasion signifies. It is not a celebration in the same way as National Day, but a day to remember and honour those who have given their lives for the UAE.

It is a time that will remind the families of those who have been martyred that the UAE has not forgotten them or their sacrifice.

Residents and citizens in the UAE are reminded to be respectful on this day.

What takes place?

Dignified commemorative events will take place around the UAE, under the auspices of government institutions.

At 8am, the UAE flag will be lowered across the country (at all government and government-subsidiary premises) and will remain lowered until 11am. It will be followed by a one minute's silence and supplication from 11.30am to 11.31am.

After the one minute’s silence, the UAE flag will be raised again while the UAE national anthem is played.

Updated in May 2016