UAE National Day 2014
I've just come back from a two week trip (Paris and Amsterdam), so I missed out on all the UAE National Day activities leading to today. It feels the celebrations get bigger and bigger each year.
There's a lot online about UAE's 43rd National Day, but here are two links I recommend you look at.
1. Ten things you probably didn't nknow about the United Arab Emirates by Alexander McNabb is worth a read. Not only is it informative, it's an enjoyable read. One of my favourite parts:
The founding of the UAE required a window exit.
The UAE’s independence and status as a nation were confirmed by the signing of a treaty on the 2nd December 1971 in the round building located in Jumeirah One known today as ‘Union House’. Because of the press of the crowd, the signatories (The British Political Resident and the Sheikhs of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qawain and Fujairah - Ras Al Khaimah didn’t join the UAE until the 10th February 1972) had to leave for lunch after the signing by exiting through a window.
2. The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates has partnered with Google Cultural Institute for an online exhibition of photos and videos about the establishment of the United Arab Emirates. There are some good photos, but not enough detailed and informative text.
When I returned to Dubai last night, the Immigration Officers at the airport were giving out flowers to celebrate the occasion. I thought it was a cute gesture.
Happy 43nd National Day to the UAE. If in the country, enjoy the holiday.