The UAE Flag Day is here once again and the popular Kite Beach in Dubai is decorated with a flag garden with red, green, white, and black — the colours of the UAE flag. Ever since the event was launched in 2013, Kite Beach has been adorned with thousands of UAE flags, hence the name: Flag Garden.
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This year 2021 is the 8th edition of the Flag Garden and over 3000 UAE flags have been arranged to create the Expo 2020 Dubai logo.
Fast Facts about the UAE Flag
Did you know? The flag of the United Arab Emirates was created on 2nd December 1971, along with the unification of the seven emirates that we know today. It consists of four colours, each with its own meaning and significance:
- Red – courage, hardiness, and strength
- Green – growth, prosperity, and hope
- White – peace, honesty, and neutrality
- Black – strength of mind, defeat of enemies
The UAE Flag Day is usually commemorated on 3rd November. It’s not going to be a public holiday (i.e. we still have work and school), but everyone can certainly join in the celebration. You will see flags raised everywhere!
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) November 3, 2021
Organized by Brand Dubai at Kite Beach in Jumeirah, the eighth edition of the ‘Flag Garden’ features 3,000 UAE flags arranged to create the Expo Dubai 2020 logo as well as a seating installation bearing the name of the mega event, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.
Held annually to mark the UAE Flag Day, ‘Flag Garden’ attracts huge interest from visitors and residents across the UAE. This edition of the event has come as part of the ‘Year of the 50th’ celebrations to commemorate 50 years since the nation’s founding in 1971.
Her Excellency Mona Al Marri, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, said: “The launch of the eighth edition of the ‘Flag Garden’ has come at a time when the UAE is celebrating some of the biggest milestones in its history – the mega global event Expo 2020 Dubai and the 50th anniversary of the country’s foundation. The annual event organised in Jumeriah is part of our efforts to highlight the country’s unique development journey and its various achievements while creating an iconic image with UAE flags that conveys a strong sense of national pride. Through such innovative artistic initiatives, we also seek to communicate the nation’s unique history, cultural identity and aspirations.”
The Expo 2020 Dubai logo is inspired by a 4,000 year-old piece of jewelry found at ‘Saroug Al Hadeed’, an ancient archeological site discovered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2002 in the Al Marmum area.
Visitors can share their experience at the ‘Flag Garden’ using the hashtag #FlagsGarden2021. The event will be open to visitors till 4 December, 2021.
Check out these previous versions of the flag garden last year:
2020 UAE Flag Garden with Portraits of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
This 2020, the Government of Dubai Media Office, GDMO, has launched the seventh edition of ‘Flag Garden’ at Kite Beach in Jumeirah, in response to the call from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to celebrate Flag Day.
The ‘Flag Garden’ features 4,000 UAE flags arranged to create portraits of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince.
Mona Al Marri, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, said: “The annual Flag Garden is part of our efforts to highlight our country’s history and unique achievements and promote national solidarity and patriotism through creative initiatives. This year’s edition of Flag Garden seeks to honour the vision of our leadership and their steadfast commitment to social and economic development, which has helped the UAE join the ranks of the world’s most progressive nations.”
She also thanked Dubai Municipality for providing the venue and hosting the Flag Garden every year.
Nehal Badri, Director of Brand Dubai, said: “The Flag Garden is one of Brand Dubai’s initiatives that seek to convey national messages through artistic projects in uniquely memorable ways. This year’s Flag Garden has created aerial portraits of our leaders to highlight the role of visionary leadership in national development. The initiative is also part of Brand Dubai’s endeavour to create unique experiences that make public spaces in Dubai more vibrant and engaging.”
Shaima Al Suwaidi, City Branding Manager, Brand Dubai, said the Flag Garden is held every year to highlight the significance of UAE Flag Day and honour national icons. She invited the public to visit the seventh edition of event being held at Kite Beach in Jumeirah. The visitor-friendly event offers platforms for taking photographs against the backdrop of the flags, she added.
Capture the UAE Spirit in Kite Beach’s “Flag Garden”
Back in 2013, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched Flag Day. It is a national campaign that pays tribute to the emirates’ past, dynamic present, and bright future.
Video: Flag Garden in Kite Beach, Dubai
Here’s an amazing snapshot of the Flag Garden shared by the Dubai Media Office, Dubai Press Club and Brand Dubai this year, with over 4000 Flags arranged in the faces of UAE Leaders, portraits of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
.@DXBMediaOffice, @DubaiPressClub and @Brand_Dubai celebrate #UAEFlagDay at #Dubai’s Flag Garden, which features 4,000 UAE flags arranged to create a portrait of @HHShkMohd & and @HamdanMohammed. pic.twitter.com/ySbQrev4Lg
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) November 3, 2020