About National Day
The founding fathers of the UAE came together on this day to form a nation.
The United Arab Emirates was formed on 2 December 1971, when the United Kingdom’s treaty expired and the separate sheikdoms decided to form a union. At first the UAE was a federation of six emirates — Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah joined one year later.
In 1968, the UK announced their intention of withdrawing from the Arabian Gulf by the end of 1971. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, father of the nation, with the late ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, took the lead in calling for a federation that would include not only the seven emirates that made up the Trucial States, but also Qatar and Bahrain. Eventually, the seven states followed Sheikh Zayed in establishing the UAE, which formally emerged on the international stage on 2 December 1971.
UAE National Day has become a celebration of unity and a people’s rise to prosperity, as well as a reminder of where we came from and how far we have come in such a short time.
Join us in celebrating the UAE’s 45th National Day, Emirati heritage and culture with a number of activities throughout the week, including the UAE National Day 2016 parade downtown.