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UAE Year of the 50th: What to Expect For the Year-Long Celebration

2021 declared as 'Year of the 50th' to celebrate the nation's milestone Golden Jubilee, announced UAE President Sheikh Khalifa

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16 March 2021

Last updated on 17 March 2021
UAE 50th anniversary celebrations

Celebrations for the UAE's 50th anniversary will run from 6 April, 2021 to March 31 in 2022.

UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has revealed the theme for the year 2021!

The young nation established its first independence day in 1971, which marks the UAE's Golden Jubilee! To celebrate this historic occasion, His Highness has declared 2021 to be the 'Year of the 50th'.

Expat residents, citizens, and visitors can look forward to year-long initiatives with a variety of activities and other grand events, celebrating the UAE’s history, values and achievements as the country moves towards its 100th National Day in 2071.

H.H Sheikh Khalifa said: "'Year of the 50th' represents a historic defining moment in our journey that started immediately after the declaration of the UAE’s union in 1971."

"It’s an acknowledgement of the resolute will and strong determination our Founding Fathers had while building up their nation."

"It also comes in recognition of the sincere efforts made by our citizens for our nation to be what we are seeing today as one of the best growing and fastest developing countries in the world," H.H continued.

Sheikh Khalifa valued the efforts made by foreign expats who have shared with Emirati nationals the same journey and efforts to build this young nation.

"Year of the 50th is an opportunity to contemplate the achievements made over 50 years at a time we are gearing up for the next journey," he added.

UAE 50th anniversary celebrations

What is the UAE Golden Jubilee Committee?

The celebrations will be headed by the UAE Golden Jubilee Committee, formed in December 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The committee will be chaired by H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation. H.H Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed, princess of Abu Dhabi, will be the committee's deputy chairwoman.

The Golden Jubilee activities will follow these foundational pillars:

  • Launching the Year 50 with a festive spirit that engages all those who consider the UAE their homeland
  • Calling upon all UAE citizens to contemplate the values and achievements of the past in acknowledgement of the Founding Fathers
  • Inspiring young people to have their vision about the ambitions of the next 50 years, while supporting them to make quality national achievements in furtherance of the March of Development, Progress and Prosperity

H.H Sheikh Khalifa said: "As such, these initiatives should contribute to creating a better tomorrow with a brighter future for our nation."