Al Fursan, the aerobatics demonstration team of the UAE Air Force, painting the sky in UAE colours
Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai kicked off Flag Day celebrations by hoisting the UAE flag at the Union House.
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai accompanied him at the flag-hoisting ceremony.
“Today we celebrate another key national occasion, just days after celebrating the launch of our first satellite fully built by Emiratis. On this day, we remember the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives to defend the sovereignty of the nation. We also pay tribute to our brave soldiers in the battlefield who stand tall defending justice,” Shaikh Mohammad said.
Al Fursan, the aerobatics demonstration team of the UAE Air Force, flew past the Union House, painting the sky in the colours of the UAE flag – green, white, black and red.
Greeting the 1,600 students participating in the event, HH Sheikh Mohammed said: “On this occasion, I call on our youth to protect and honour our flag and make sure we fly it high in all sectors.”
Shaikh Mohammad and his accompanying delegation visited the Etihad Museum where he discussed with some of the children about their ambitions. Shaikh Mohammad encouraged them to pursue their dreams to become the future leaders of the country.
Also attending the event were Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future; Khalifa Saeed Suleiman , Director General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai; and Dherar Belhoul Al Falasi, Director General of the Watani Al Emarat Foundation.