Flags are aligned on the sand to depict an image of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed at Kite Beach Jumeriah. Dubai Media Office Twitter photo
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, shared a video of UAE Flag Day on his Instagarm account on Sunday.
The video shows flags are aligned on the sand to depict an image of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces together.
The unique video immediately went viral, with netizens praising the artwork.
Responding to the call from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid to celebrate Flag Day, the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) launched the sixth edition of ‘Flag Garden’ at Kite Beach in Jumeirah. Organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the GDMO, the ‘Flag Garden’ will be open till 10 December 2019.
This year, the ‘Flag Garden’ features 4,500 UAE flags arranged to create portraits of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.
The GDMO Director General Mona Al Marri led the celebrations along with employees of GDMO, Brand Dubai and Dubai Press Club.
Al Marri said that the ‘Flag Garden’ has become an annual event that attracts visitors throughout the period of celebration, which starts on Flag Day and continues till the National Day.
“This year’s edition of Flag Garden aims to honour our nation’s leaders and acknowledge their role in guiding the UAE’s development into a nation that is shaping the future of the world. This initiative is in line with our objective of communicating Dubai’s unique identity and aspirations through innovative initiatives. Through this year’s Flag Garden, we aim to create an iconic visual image that conveys the role of leadership in nation building,” said Al Marri.
The Flag Garden will be open to visitors until 10 December 2019.
Minister for Health Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais said, “Flag Day is a national occasion for upholding the values of loyalty to the march of a great country with the support of its leadership and nation.
“The Flag Day represents a national occasion for upholding the values of loyalty to the march of a great country with the support of its leadership and nation. It’s also an occasion where our people remember the efforts of the founders of the country the late Sheikh Zayed (may Allah rest his soul in peace) and his founding brothers, and to reaffirm our allegiance to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates and the nation.
“The celebration of the Flag Day is a symbol of the nation’s unity and solidarity and an opportunity to instil patriotism and allegiance in the future generations, as we as to remind all of us of a day when the UAE was founded and united.
“Flag Day initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has become an eagerly-awaited annual event to express love and appreciation for the homeland and wise leadership, by standing united around the UAE flag, the symbol of unity and belonging and working hard to keep the UAE flag flying.”
“On Flag Day, I convey my sincere congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates; Their Highnesses the Crown Princes, and all citizens and residents of the UAE. flag Day symbolises loyalty and patriotism to our nation and our wise leadership,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).
“On this day, all Emiratis gather around the UAE flag that was raised by our Founding Fathers, to reiterate their commitment to the noble values instilled in our hearts by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace. On Flag Day, we renew our pledge to the wise leadership that the UAE flag will remain fluttering high, and a symbol of a country that has become known for peace, tolerance, benevolence, and prosperity. We will continue hard, dedicated, and sincere work to achieve the prosperity of our homeland, and pray to Allah Almighty that prosperity and dignity continue forever for our beloved country,” added Al Tayer.
Falah Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM), said the UAE Flag Day celebrations are a tribute of respect to our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who unified the Emirates 48 years ago.
“The event also reaffirms allegiance and respect to the UAE flag as a symbol of national unity.
He also explained that this occasion symbolises the UAE’s unity, pride and dignity.
“The celebration reflects our national identity and sense of belonging, in which we all remember the efforts of the Founding Fathers, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and their brothers.
“These great men put in place the foundations of our country and made a lifelong commitment to ensure its prosperity.
“This vision was guided by our wise leadership and spearheaded by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, all of whom march together towards the achievement of this great vision.
“We pay tribute to the work of our Armed Forces in maintaining our security and the stability of our nation, while ensuring the cohesion and the stability of the Arab region.”
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