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Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today hoisted the UAE flag at Expo 2020’s Al Wasl Plaza. His Highness was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, and Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The flag hoisting ceremony was held to mark UAE Flag Day, observed on 3 November of every year. The UAE Flag Day marks the anniversary of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s assumption of office as the President of the country.

Hundreds of students from public and private schools and trainees from the Dubai Police Academy, as well a number of senior citizens took part in the celebration at the Expo 2020 venue to express their allegiance and love for their homeland.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Mohammed said: “We have chosen to celebrate UAE Flag Day at a place that brings the world together to achieve the goal of creating a better future for humanity. On this occasion, we reaffirm our commitment to realising the values on which the Union was founded and building bridges of cooperation with nations across the world to shape a better future for the planet.”

The UAE Flag has been a witness to 50 years of achievements and a comprehensive development process initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed said. These ideals have continued to inspire the UAE’s progress under the leadership of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates. The UAE flag will continue to be a symbol of the determination of UAE citizens to lead, excel, and create solid foundations for the future, His Highness added.

Sheikh Mohammed noted that the UAE Flag Day celebrations are taking place at a time when the country is poised to enter a new phase of growth and success after its remarkable recovery from the global pandemic that proved its resilience and ability to overcome any challenge.

At the end of the ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of honouring the UAE Flag and instilling the values of loyalty among younger generations at an early stage.