Every year the UAE pays tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives for the country on Commemoration Day, previously known as Martyrs’ Day, on November 30. This special day is marked every year to recognise the dedication and bravery of those serving in the military and civilian roles at home and abroad.

In a statement, President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa said, “November 30 is a day of pride and glory, we will always remember as people and leadership, with appreciation and gratitude, our children who sacrificed their lives in defence of the nation.”

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, said that UAE martyrs will remain alive and fresh in the memory of generations to come and in the conscience of the UAE people.


While implementing a key strategy to support the families of martyrs and provide them with dignified lives, the government has launched housing programmes, provided educational services to the children of martyrs, offering comprehensive health care services that include initiatives for people of determination and recently during the novel coronavirus a comprehensive system aimed at improving life, scientific, cultural and sporting skills has also been launched.

The passage of years increases the glory of UAE martyrs because they are timeless symbols of patriotism that adorn our history with glory and pride, said His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

During Commemoration Day every year, schools and offices observe a minute’s silence to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the country. After a decree by Sheikh Khalifa in 2015, the event has been marked since then.

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