The country will mark a minute’s silence on Commemoration Day.
On Thursday (29th November), UAE flags flew at half mast. A minute of silence takes place at 11.30am, followed by the raising of the national flag and the UAE’s anthem.
A SMS from the Martyrs’ Family Affairs Office sent out on Wednesday calls on the whole community to stop what they are doing and remember fallen soldiers, as part of #The_UAE_Remembers campaign.
UAE mobile networks du and Etisalat also changed their network names to 30 Nov to mark the solemn occasion.
Previously known as Martyrs’ Day, Commemoration Day honours Emiratis who died in the line of duty. It is usually held on 30th November, but as this falls on a Friday, the UAE Cabinet decided to move the date. Because of this it’s not been declared a public holiday, as it has in previous years.
UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurated Commemoration Day in 2015 and it’s now marked annually.
Although we haven’t got a holiday for Commemoration Day, a long weekend is coming up very soon – the UAE Cabinet announced that the country’s 47th National Day will be a public holiday for both private and public sector workers.