Colours of black, green, white and red soar high with UAE's Flag Day

3 November marks the day we commemorate the UAE’s founders, His Highness Sheikh  Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and those who paved the way for the nation’s success. Institutions, leaders and foreign embassies across the UAE and abroad came together to celebrate this occasion in more ways than one. Just before noon today, HH Sheikh Mohammed marked the occasion by raising the flag on the world’s tallest structure, Burj Khalifa.

Schools and institutes expressed their patriotism.

With UAE’s first mission to space having taken place this year, the flag is soaring higher than ever. Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri also joined in the celebration with a post in his official Twitter account. “Our flag represents our ambition to achieve the impossible. Today, the UAE flag flies higher than ever before, beyond the skies”, he said in the post.

The flag garden at Kite Beach in Dubai boasts 4,500 flags that make up portraits of the nation’s founders.

Celebrations are under way outside of the UAE as well, with the UAE flag’s first hoisting in New Zealand’s UAE Embassy

We’re only a month away from National Day celebrations, so here’s a fun fact: the flag of the UAE is painted in four colours  which were inspired by a verse from 14th century poet Safi Al Din Al Hilli: “White are our acts, black our battles, green our fields, and red our swords”. Happy Flag Day!


Cover image credits: @riyasketch