The HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) hoisted the UAE flag up high in celebration of the 4th UAE Flag Day on November 2, in accordance with the wishes of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
UAE Flag Day was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2013 for the purpose of building a sense of the importance and meanings of loyalty that the UAE flag holds, and to encourage all Emiratis and citizens of the UAE to raise the flag and demonstrate loyalty to the UAE and its rulers.
The occasion of raising the flag is held in November to mark the occasion of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan being appointed as President of the UAE.
The UAE flag holds great meaning for the citizens of the UAE. It was first raised by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in December 1971 on the union of the seven Emirates. It holds the meaning of loyalty, cooperation, great wealth, future vision, kindness, strength and many more wonderful meanings. Raising it in November each year is a pledge to honor and protect it and to always keep it up high.
The AAW flag raising ceremony started at 11am with the National Anthem of UAE. A pledge of loyalty was then made by AAW staff, faculty and students to protect and honor the flag throughout their lives.
Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, AAW Director, said: “I quote HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,when he said ‘Our flag is no ordinary symbol nor colored fabric, it is a reflection of who we are what we hold dear’. Raising the flag today is an honor to us all. We’re raising a symbol of our beloved UAE that has made us who we are today,”
“This country recognizes and encourages its people, and sees them all as unique and worthy of everything any human being wishes to have in life. The flag of the UAE is the identity of our parents, our identity, and the identity of our future generations. We hold it up high every day in our hearts, we pledge to honor and protect it as long as we may live,” Mrs. Hamsa added.
Following the official flag raising ceremony, the campus’s events continued with the following flag related activities:
- An art competition where students, faculty and staff participated in painting the flag in wonderful paintings
- A Happiness police car visit to the campus, where officers answered questions about the UAE flag and handed out gifts