Norway’s National Day, 17th May, is celebrated to mark the beginning of our quest for independence with the signing of a new constitution on 17th May 1814. Norway’s forced union with Sweden began 14th January 1814 (after almost 400 years of Danish rule) and lasted until 1905 when Norway proclaimed, and secured, full independence.
UAE’s National Day, 2nd December, is celebrated to mark the formal independence from the United Kingdom in 1971 and the eventual unification of the seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujeirah – which combined to form the modern-day country that is United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The official theme being “Spirit of the Union.”
There is a swell of patriotism every year on 2nd December to mark the date, now 44 years ago, when the seven emirates were first united in Union House at the top of Diyafah Street, Satwa – where the giant UAE flag now waves.
In celebration of the National Day the red, green, white and black colours of the UAE flag will be everywhere – pinned to people’s chests, lining roads and draped across buildings. Faces will be painted, cars decorated and much, much more!
In the days leading up to, and on, 2nd December there will be various parades, events, fireworks and community-based activities to promote the UAE’s heritage and national identity all across the Emirates.
If you’re in the UAE – join in the fun and celebrate this young nation’s amazing accomplishments during these few years of independence! Great weather (almost) guaranteed…