Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai

“The UAE National Day is observed every year to remind us of the greatest story of building a state by the country’s founding fathers.

“This day, 46 years ago, the UAE flag of pride and honour first flew on the mast of the Union House in Dubai. December 2 has become an engraved date in the memory of every Emirati. It was the starting point where our leadership and people determined to established a modern state that will soon be at the forefront of world nations.”

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region

“Under the Union, the UAE has achieved considerable academic, economic, urban and agricultural progress, which has answered the needs of the country’s present and future. The UAE today enjoys stability and prosperity at all levels and is working to diversify its sources of income and developing the country’s capital.”

Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council

“On this day, as we celebrate the 46th National Day of our beloved country, the UAE is bidding farewell to another year of its glorious union with confidence, pride and hope for a new year of launching creative initiatives and strategic projects and provide all the causes of happiness for all citizens and residents of the UAE, thanks to the vision of the wise leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.”

Lt-General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior

“The UAE National Day represents a beacon that lights the way for the coming generations. The UAE is moving firmly and confidently towards a bright future like an icon of sustainable success and a pioneering model in the region and the world, which was wisely built by its leadership and the will of its people.”

Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs

“On the anniversary of this great day, we renew our loyalty to the wise leadership and pledge our dedication to serving the homeland, defending it and confronting its enemies. Protecting the Union is a national goal that requires awareness and action in order to preserve the spirit of the Union and consolidate its members.”

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker, Federal National Council

“We celebrate National Day with pride and our heads are high. We feel pride in our development march which is full of achievements under the umbrella of the Union, in line with the cohesion between the people and the wise leadership.”

Dr Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council

“The UAE’s wise leadership has equipped its people with education, knowledge, and ability to face the challenge. With determination, nations will be built and with strength and empowerment, a nation maintains its structure.

“The country’s leadership has taught us that the challenge is an opportunity to progress and that the future is better for those who are prepared for it. Our leadership has adopted an approach based on building the human being, providing him with national values, the meaning of responsibility, and the expertise and skills that enable him to make a real contribution to the development of the homeland.”