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National Day (United Arab Emirates)

  National Day is celebrated on 2 December each year in the United Arab Emirates. It marks the UAE's   Union Day between the seven emirates   which was followed by the joining of the seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, in 1972.

  The National day of UAE   does not stand for the nationalisation from the British Protectorate Treaties which declared in 1968, it is the   anniversary of the federal unification of the seven emirates in 1971 which combined to form the modern-day country, headed by Sheikh Zayed   bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the federation's first president. Grand celebrations are held across the country to mark the event.

  Fireworks, car rallies and dance shows are the most common activities. People will usually dress up in UAE national flag colours, decorate   their homes,   workplaces, cars and streets to celebrate the day with joy and happiness. Heritage Villages are set all over the emirates in order to   celebrate this event traditionally. Holidays are given from the National Day until two days later. Air shows are conducted while military   processions are held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre for the rulers of the Emirates, members of the Federal National Council, and   Emirati citizens.


  Importance attached to the national day as well as the degree to which it is celebrated vary greatly from country to country. For example, Spain's   national day Fiesta Nacional de España is held on 12 October, the day celebrated in other countries as Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, and   commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. A military parade is held in Madrid celebrating the   occasion.The national day in France is 14 July and known as the Fête nationale (known in English-speaking countries as Bastille Day)   commemorating the Storming of the Bastille, which is considered the start of the French Revolution. It is widely celebrated and the French   Tricolour is much in evidence, while the President of the Republic attends a military parade on the Champs-Élysées of Paris. In the United   States, the Independence Day celebrations on 4 July are widely celebrated with parades, fireworks, picnics and barbecues. In Ireland, Saint   Patrick's Day, 17 March, is the equivalent of a national day and has been a public holiday for many years. However, in the United Kingdom the   constituent countries' patron saints' days are low-key affairs. In recent times campaigns have commenced to promote the national days of   England, Scotland and Wales, with St. Andrew's Day being designated as an official bank holiday when the Scottish Parliament passed the St   Andrew's Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007. A National Day for the United Kingdom has also been proposed in recent years.
National Day
Flagpole at Union House in (Dubai), UAE, on 2 December 2007.
  Observed by   United Arab Emirates
  Significance   Marks the UAE's             formal nationalisation in 1971.
  Date                 2 December
  Next Time       2 December 2018
  Frequency       Annual


  The launch of the UAE began with the consensus of the rulers of the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, and Umm al-Quwain on the 2nd of December 1971 and   their agreement to unite. The approved interim constitution regulated the state and determined its goals. On the tenth of February 1972, it was announced that the emirate of Ras Al   Khaimah was joining the Union to complete the seven Emirates held in a single entity.

  In 1968, Britain declared its willingness to withdraw from all protectorates and colonies of the Eastern Mediterranean, the idea of the Union begun to crystallize at a meeting between   Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in the village of Samih border on February 18, 1968 and they agreed that the best way is the union   between them and invite the Gulf emirates to this union. The UAE does not celebrate any independence day represented by the British declaration of withdrawing from the area in 1968,   it celebrates a union day that happened three years after on the 2nd of December 1971.

  Emirates federal constitution approved in principle on the evening of December 1, 1971. The next morning, on December 2, 1971, met seven emirates rulers in the hostel in Dubai. And   it approved four of the rulers of the Emirates Post Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the Union while RAK Ruler did not agree at the time. Signed Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Umm Al   Quwain and the rulers of Ajman on donors legitimate constitution for the Union, including independence from Britain. Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi went out - Sheikh Zayed adviser, was   appointed a foreign minister in the first cabinet formation of the state - to announce to the media for the Union. And raising the flag of the State in a hostel in Dubai, which is known   today   as the "House of the Union". and Sheikh Zayed was elected president of the union, and Sheikh Rashid as Vice President of the UAE.

  UAE National Day stands for UAE Union Day, the anniversary of the union between the six emirates on the 2nd of December 1971, not an Independence Day commemorating the   British withdrawal from the area in 1968.



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