Abu Dhabi organisations put their national pride on full display to celebrate UAE flag day.
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) flew the flag for the UAE at a ceremony held in the central plaza of the university today.
NYUAD vice chancellor Al Bloom spoke about the significance of the celebration, which recognises the accession of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, during the campus ceremony.
Vice Chancellor Bloom said: “Today we raise the UAE Flag in deepest respect for this nation’s leadership, in deepest gratitude to a nation that offers us all such a farsighted and fulfilling home, and in deepest appreciation to our Emirati students, faculty, and staff who contribute so centrally to the warmth, energy, talent, humanity, and success of our University.”
Following the speech, the flag was raised to the sound of the UAE’s national anthem as students, faculty, and staff at the Saadiyat Island seat of learning observed the occasion that continues to reflect Emirati values of unity and tolerance today.
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national organisation for development aid, celebrated Flag Day with a series of patriotic initiatives, including a month-long competition for the best flag picture, the winner of which will be selected on the 46th annual UAE National Day.
ADFD employees also gathered around the flag pole in front of their headquarters this morning to hoist the national flag and listen to the national anthem.
Addressing the Fund’s employees, His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of ADFD, said: “The annual Flag Day is an important occasion for us to look back with pride at the UAE’s many milestones over the past four and a half decades. Under the leadership of our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and our President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, our country has today established a global reputation for happiness, generosity, tolerance, bravery, innovation and progress.
“ADFD’s socio-economic development work has reached all corners of the world, achieving recognition for the UAE and its unwavering dedication to helping those in need. Your collective efforts have underpinned our years of success in alleviating global poverty. I invite you to take this moment to celebrate your accomplishments and reaffirm your commitment to our beloved nation.”