Spirit of Union

In the month December, when You can experience a nice cool weather in the UAE is full of events. Not just shopping festivals but social events and celebrating cultures. This year, UAE celebrated its 40th years of uniting during a three day weekend. 2nd December is called the National Day. This day is celebrated on the 2nd of December each year in the United Arab Emirates. It marks the UAE’s formal independence from the United Kingdom and the eventual unification of the seven emirates in 1971 which combined to form the modern-day country.

Walking in the Jumeirah Beach Residence, one of the most popular places in the new district of Dubai where hundreds of Emiraties and expatriates come and walk in the evenings, beside the beach along the restaurants. Several cultural events were held, National Emirati dancing, Emirati cookies, Falconry and … A board with lots of colored markers encourages any spectator to write their feelings of Dubai.

I was impressed while seeing all types of people young or old, regardless of being Middle Eastern or Western started writing on this board mostly expressing their personal affections about UAE.

Here in the UAE, with its unique diversified culture environment many expatriates feel belonged, after being united in 1971 it seemed that this is the second wave of spirit of union between expatriates and locals. Feeling belonging to the country which is not your home country makes this spirit.

This celebration was not limited inside the UAE but outside the borders, in Belgium for instance Sulaiman Almazroui, Ambassador of the UAE to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, Head of Mission to the European Union, hosted a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National day of the United Arab Emirates. Hundreds of participants gathered in the prestigious Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels to celebrate the Spirit of the Union on the 2nd December.

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December 4, 2011 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
Posted in: Art and Culture