A year-long celebration will begin in the UAE next month, as declared by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, to mark the nation’s 50th anniversary.

Per WAM, the ‘Year of the 50th’ is set to 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.

“We are living in a rapidly changing world. Amid this change, there are opportunities up for grabs to drive innovation and creativity,” His Highness added. “Therefore, we’ll have to double efforts to generate novel ideas, and quality initiatives to preserve our heritage and values and protect the cultural diversity of our society.

“As such, these initiatives should contribute to creating a better tomorrow with a brighter future for our nation.”

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