In line with the initiative announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to commence a national campaign to celebrate ‘Flag Day’ on 3 November, the anniversary of the accession of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the presidency of the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has participated in the initiative by raising the UAE flag simultaneously with other ministries and government institutions at 12 noon, in the presence of HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, EVPs, Senior Managers and DEWA employees including Emiratis and expatriates.
DEWA’s activities included raising the UAE flag at all DEWA office buildings including DEWA’s Head Office, Al Hudaiba branch, Jebel Ali, Warsan, and DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, followed by the national Anthem and Flag’s oath. DEWA will also organise a number of lectures and competitions about the history of the flag, its colours, and elements of national identity in addition to awareness messages, tweets, and constant updates through social media channels on 2 December in preparation for the National Day.
The initiative also marks the launch of the celebrations of the 42nd national day, and emphasises the Spirit of the Union, elements of national identity, and to entrench a culture of loyalty in among employees and citizens. DEWA’s activities will continue until the National Day Festivities.
“We emphasise the quote of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai that, “Our flag is no ordinary symbol nor coloured fabric... it is a reflection of what who we are what we hold dear.” On Flag Day, we are keen to reflect our values of loyalty, and belonging to our country, in line with our vision to become a sustainable world-class utility. We at DEWA pursue a process of strengthening our national identity, and set the foundations of loyalty to our nation and leaders following the Emiratisation strategy adopted by our government. We have a unique national identity, and unique characteristics. We must keep it and protect it, not just because it is the identity of our parents and grandparents who left us a legacy of respecting identity, but also because these values form a guideline for us towards building a future for generations to come,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
The UAE flag was adopted on 2 December 1971, at the Union House in Al Diyafa Palace in Dubai, which witnessed the foundation of the UAE after a historic meeting of the rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah in which they announced the establishment of the United Arab Emirates as an independent sovereign state. The union was joined later by the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The flag colours represent Arab unity.
The events for Flag Day set a number of values led by national unity embodied in the flag which represents the unity of the seven Emirates under one leadership, which strengthens the bonds of loyalty and belonging among members of the community.