DUBAI: A 50-meter-long United Arab Emirates flag and 50 other flags were hoisted during a parade of yachts for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the unification of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai on Wednesday.
The second celebration of “UAE National Day – Navy Edition” featured a visual treat that infused a patriotic love for the UAE among attendees and spectators.
Nearly 500 UAE nationals, residents and visitors took part in the event, which saw a fleet of 30 yachts, seven boats and six jet skis decorated with colorful flags and balloons, organizers said.
Paying special tribute to the UAE’s 50th anniversary, a 50-meter-long flag was hoisted on a yacht moored near Dubai’s Bluewater Island, which symbolized the glorious UAE voyage. Fifty other flags were raised simultaneously on yachts moored at the iconic Dubai Marina.
Hosted by advertising and event management company Ad&M and D3 Yacht, the event saw all the yachts circle for the flag-raising ceremony, after which dignitaries, guests and residents of the marina gathered. also attended a number of water sports activities.
A fly boarder at one end of the flag as it waved majestically against the backdrop of the world’s tallest and tallest observation wheel – Ain Dubai. The national anthem played in the background instilled a palpable sense of patriotism into the air at Dubai Marina.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Majid Bin Saeed Al Nuaimi, member of the ruling family and director of the General Office of Citizen Affairs in Ajman, Sheikh Obaid Bin Suhail Al Maktoum, member of the ruling family of Dubai and Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of the India in Dubai attended the ceremony, organizers said.
After the flag-raising ceremony, guests took a two-hour walk in which traditional Ayyala and Yowlah dancers captivated visitors. The event was also memorable for the winners of the flag-raising ceremony radio competition, who were part of the cultural extravagance.
Dr Aman Puri said, âMy warmest greetings to all my Emirati brothers and sisters and to all residents of the United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates is a symbol of peaceful coexistence and prosperity for the whole world. Today we are also celebrating the best values ââof the country that the world can learn from.
Shameer Mohammed Ali, Managing Director of D3 Yacht, said: âTaking part in the celebration of the Golden Jubilee is a source of great pride for all of us. We wanted the second edition to be bigger than the first and we achieved that. Last year a 49-meter flag was hoisted, but this year we hoisted a 50-meter flag and over 500 special guests attended the event.