DUBAI, 2 December 2021 – The UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai kicked off with a special opening of the portal at Sustainability Gate on Thursday by members of the Emirates Writers Union.
As announced by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 2021 is known as ‘The Year of the 50th’. Commemorating 50 years since the founding of the UAE in 1971, it is a moment to reflect on the remarkable journey of its ‘Early Dreamers’ as the nation looks to the next 50 years with the same bold ambition.
Nahla AlMheiri, Director, Creative Management, Events and Entertainment, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “This initiative celebrates the writers who are part of the success of the UAE. They are our main resource to create our vision and our visuals at Expo 2020 – so they are part of our success. They are part of documenting the story of Expo. They write our stories and tell our stories to the world. Having them here on this significant day is an affirmation of the importance of culture and science.”
Writer Amna Alshamsi, said: “I am very proud to be one of the storytellers from the UAE chosen to speak on such a special day. I’m very lucky to be here.”
Poet AlHanouf Mohammed, said: “I feel like I’m flying today, as it’s my National Day. Being at Expo is breathtaking, which is why I’m smiling.”
Expo 2020 Dubai is offering visitors the chance to experience the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in full glory, with free site-wide access on Thursday, 2 December. A four-day slate of world-class events and immersive Emirati experiences will mark 50 years since the founding of the nation in show-stopping style with renewed optimism for the next half century.
More than 50 of the country pavilions have expressed their well-wishes to the UAE.
Yooseok Ahn, Pavilion Director of Korea Pavilion, said: “Congratulations for Golden Jubilee of UAE! From desert to space, the UAE’s miracle is stunning. [It is a] great honour to be in this historical moment with you.”
Aboubaker Hassan Barreh, Deputy Commissioner General of the Djibouti Pavilion, said: “I would like to convey my warmest congratulations and best wishes to the leaders and people of UAE on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary OF UAE National Day. The UAE should be proud of their incredible achievements during these five decades. May Allah bless this country with peace, unity, and prosperity for all its people.”
Carmen Bueno, Deputy General Commissioner of the Spain Pavilion, said: “The United Arab Emirates is proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary with a renewed spirit of [the] values initiated by its late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Today, the UAE has succeeded in conquering space, but none of its great achievements would have been possible without the country’s clear commitment to education, health, women’s and children’s rights, and the eradication of poverty. Without a doubt, this is the core value of the World Expo 2020 Dubai. Happy Golden Jubilee!”
Visitors from all over the world are also excited about the National Day.
Dr Saeed Al Bayyat from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: “I am amazed at the [UAE’s] scale of civil and urban achievements and the great changes the country has witnessed since my first visit to it in the eighties, compared to my visit this time. This reflects the iron-will of the children of ‘Zayed’ and their determination to turn the impossible into reality.”
Philip Chafesh from Portugal, said: “This is my first visit to the UAE and I was thrilled to learn that the official UAE Golden Jubilee celebration coincides with my visit to the country, and this has given me the chance to enjoy the wonderful events organised to celebrate this occasion.”
Larryn Tias from Australia, said: “I congratulate UAE for the Golden Jubilee of its founding. It is a country that deserves appreciation and respect for its good reputation in various fields worldwide.”
Emirati performers will welcome special guests and visitors at the various welcome areas between 1000 and 1300. Visitors can catch the official ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza from 1015, including the raising of the flag and the singing of the national anthem.
From 1045–1130 GST, the UAE Ministry of Interior Police Marching Band will perform during a march from Horizon Avenue to Sea Plaza.
‘Colours of the World Parade’ will be held on Ghaf Avenue between 1245–1315 GST while an Al Azi Performance by Al Wasmi will entertain visitors at Al Wasl Plaza from 1300–1305 GST.