Canadian University Dubai celebrates UAE Flag Day

Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) celebrated UAE Flag Day in the presence of Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor, Canadian University Dubai alongside students, faculty, and staff in a display of national pride at The CUD Hub @ City Walk.

The flag-hoisting ceremony was led by Rashid Ghanim Al Marri, CUD international business student, and Alyazya Thani, CUD architecture alumnus, both proud Emirati citizens of Dubai.

Speaking to the occasion, Mr. Buti said: “On this day we reaffirm our loyalty to the UAE flag, a symbol of our nation’s immense greatness. As we look to the future and continue to embark on a journey of empowerment, may we remain grateful for the perseverance, wisdom, and vision of those who have helped define our legacy; one of prosperity, security and stability for all.”

Classes were on break from 10:45 am – 11:15 am to ensure members of the University Community were able to demonstrate their pride as residents and citizens of the UAE.

UAE Flag Day is celebrated annually and marks the day of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s accession as President of the UAE. It is an opportunity for citizens and residents of the UAE to celebrate their pride in the country with a national show of unity. This year’s celebration is even more significant given that the UAE is celebrating 50 years.

The UAE flag was raised on December 2, 1971, for the first time by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan to signify the country’s union. The flag’s colours— green, white, black and red — represent the unity of Arabs. Red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and courage. Green represents hope, joy, optimism and love. White represents peace and honesty. Black stands for the defeat of enemies and strength of mind. The vertical red band is often interpreted as bringing all the other meanings together in unity.