Ceremonies to mark the day will occur on November 29th this year as November 30th falls on a Friday
21 November 2018| Last updated on 21 November 2018
A decision has been issued that will see the 2018 UAE Commemoration Day observed a day early...
It has been confirmed by the UAE Cabinet that Commemoration Day, previously known as Martyr's Day, and its ceremonies will occur on Thursday, 29th November.
The decision was made that ceremonies undertaken by UAE ministries and institutions across the country will acknowledge the day of remembrance a day earlier as the official date, November 30th falls on a Friday.
By moving the occasion by a day, workers across the country can partake in ceremonial events, which are held to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in service of the UAE.
The holiday was first introduced back in 2017, and marks the anniversary of the first Emirati serviceman who died for his country in 1971.
On Thursday 29th November, the UAE flag will be raised at half-mast at all government offices. A minute of silence will follow at 11.30am, before the flag is then raised again and the UAE's national anthem is sung.
Public and private sector workers will not receive a day off, but the day will be immediately followed by a long weekend to mark UAE National Day.