UAE Commemoration Day 2018 to be marked on November 29

A range of events will take place a day earlier than usual

UAE Commemoration Day 2018 to be marked on November 29

UAE officials have announced Commemoration Day activities will take place a day early this year.

While usually celebrated on November 30, it is being marked a day earlier than usual this year. 

The occasion aims to recognise the sacrifices made by the members of the UAE’s armed forces.

It could mean a five-day weekend for most workers in the country if it is declared as a public holiday.

Many of us are already getting December 2 and 3 off for National Day.

But there has been no confirmation yet as to whether November 29 will be a public holiday or not.

November 29 will see a range of events taking place, including the lowering of the UAE flag to half mast at 8am, followed by a minute of silent prayer at 11.30am.

A statement released by WAM said: "The UAE Cabinet has issued a decision detailing that Commemoration Day, previously Martyr's Day, ceremonies are undertaken by ministries and institutions across the country on Thursday, 29th November, as 30th November falls on a Friday.

"Commemoration Day will see the UAE flag raised at half mast at 08:00, and a minute of silence at 11:30, followed by the raising of the UAE flag and the national anthem.

"President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared that 30th November of each year would be Commemoration Day, in recognition of the sacrifices the UAE's martyrs gave to perform their duties to the homeland and keeping the UAE flag high."

Meanwhile, a number of events have been announced for National Day too.

We’ve compiled this handy guide for those of you who want to celebrate the country’s big day.

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