Formerly known as Martyr's Day, UAE Commemoration Day is a day that honours those that have given their lives for the UAE
29 November 2015| Last updated on 22 November 2018
UAE Commemoration Day occurs annually on November 30th. Here's everything you need to know...
In 2015, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, decreed that November 30th would become an annual public holiday in the UAE.
While all enjoy a day off, it is important to remember exactly what the occasion signifies. In fact, it is not a celebration in the same way as National Day, but a day to remember and honour those who have given their lives for the UAE.
The day and time will remind the families of those who have been lost that the UAE has not forgotten them or their sacrifice for their homeland.
Residents, citizens and tourists in the UAE are reminded to be respectful on this day at all times. People across the UAE can expect to witness patriotic displays from everyone in the country.
Why is UAE Commemoration Day on November 30th?
The date was decided upon by the leaders and people of the UAE, as it is a significant date in the country's history.
On November 30th 1971, the first Emirati "shaheed" or martyr Salem Suhail bin Khamis sacrificed his life in the battle on the Greater Tunb island when the Iranian invasion took place.
The date of November 30th was and will always be remarkable because it's one when the people of the UAE will remember those who gave their lives for the sake of humanity and peace.
In history, the UAE has been involved in several conflicts; Lebanon in 1980, the second Gulf War in 1990 and in 2015 when a number of Emirati men lost their lives protecting the UAE in Yemen.
Thus, Commemoration Day is not only an occasion to remember Salem Suhail bin Khamis, but all those who have given their lives to protect the UAE.
What will happen in honour of UAE Commemoration Day?
Dignified commemorative events will take place around the UAE, under the auspices of government institutions. The country's rulers will praise the country's values and its people, especially the families of the martyrs.
To show your support online, you can join in on Twitter using the hashtags #UAEMartyrsDay and #WeWillNeverForgetTheirSacrifices.
At 8am, the UAE flag will be lowered to half-mast across the country and will remain lowered until 11am. This is then followed by a one minute's silence that all can partake in across the country.