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Message from the Vice Principal - Legacy of our Ancestors

17 November 2020

The United Arab Emirates celebrates its 49th UAE National Day on the 2nd December 2020.

  • mike wolfe

 In July 1971, six of the Trucial States (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Ajman, and Fujairah) agreed on a Federal Constitution for achieving independence as the United Arab Emirates. The UAE became independent on 2nd December 1971. 

The UAE National Day is a celebration of the union of the six Emirates while Ras Al Khaimah joined on 10th February 1972 making a total of seven Emirates. These seven Emirates combined to form a worldwide modern country, headed by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country’s first president.

At the British International School Abu Dhabi, National Day is one of the highlights of our year and will remain so, even if it is an adapted version to reflect the current restrictions in place. For new members of the BIS Abu Dhabi community, the National Day celebrations at the school and throughout Abu Dhabi are a great way to learn more about the UAE, its traditions and its history. There will be many exciting events to help understand Emirati culture and the pride and welcoming nature of the UAE so please do take the time to observe and enjoy many of the activities planned whilst always adhering to the safety precautions we are all now so well aware of. 

National Day celebrations mean that school will be closed from the 1st December until the 3rd December inclusive so that we can reflect upon how much has been achieved in such a short period of time under the leadership and guidance from the rulers of this country. 

Mike Wolfe,

Vice Principal