Whether it was a small flag on the desk or banners draped across skyscrapers, thousands across the country raised the national colours in honour of the accession of Sheikh Khalifa as President.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, shared photos of himself and his daughter Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed raising the UAE flag with children at an event in Dubai.

“Our Emirati flag is the symbol of our union and strength, it is the pride of our parents and our children, under it’s banner we continue the march of progress and by raising it, our young people build the future,” he said.

“On Flag Day, we evoke the efforts of the early founders and their sacrifices in building a united nation constructed on the principles of goodness, tolerances and love,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

“The flag of the Emirates, a symbol of our unity, our meaning and our strength, will remain aloft, from which we draw the value of sacrifice, building and work.”…see more

source: thenational.ae