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UAE’s National Day Celebrations: Historical Look!




The history of the national day goes way back over four decades and there are numerous traditions in the UAE associated with the celebrations. The national day of the UAE traces its roots back in the in the year 1971. The national day itself is not celebrated as a result of nationalization from the British Protectorate treaties which were declared in 1968 rather it marks the union day when the six emirates of the UAE joined together to form one country the present day UAE. The six emirates at that time comprised of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah and were later joined by Ras Al Khaimah in 1972.It was a mutual agreement that the unification happened. The first celebrations were held in 1971 and were led by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who was the federation first leader or president. During that year celebrations were held throughout the country and have become a tradition ever since (Grunig, 2013).

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