UAE leaders and government entities have been known to change their profile photos to mark huge events in the country.

To mark one of the biggest milestones in the country’s history, UAE leaders His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nayhan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, now have the same profile photos on Twitter.

Their Highnesses’ image changes are to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates, which has been declared ‘Year of the 50th’ by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE.

The photo features an infographic with a big ’50’ to mark the anniversary and the words ‘Year of the Fiftieth’ in both English and Arabic.

The change comes after Sheikh Khalifa’s declaration that ‘Year of the 50th’ will start on April 6, 2021, and will officially end on March 31, 2022.

“‘Year of the 50th’ represents a historic defining moment in our journey that started immediately after the declaration of the UAE’s union in 1971,” His Highness said. “It’s an acknowledgement of the resolute will and strong determination our Founding Fathers had while building up their nation.

“It also comes in recognition of the sincere efforts made by our citizens for our nation to be what we are seeing today as one of the best growing and fastest developing countries in the world.”

According to the UAE’s state news agency, celebrations for the Year of the 50th will entail the following:

  • Launching the Year 50 with a festive spirit that engages all those who consider the UAE their homeland.
  • Calling upon all UAE nationals to contemplate the values and achievements of the past in acknowledgement of the UAE Founding Fathers.
  • Inspiring youth to have their vision about the ambitions of the next 50 years, while supporting them to make quality national achievements in furtherance of The March of Development, Progress and Prosperity.

Amongst these celebrations, the achievements, history and noble values of the country will be highlighted, as well as looking towards the future of the UAE.

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