Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior stressed that celebrating the UAE Flag Day is a glorious national event that marks the unity of our people, singing together with one voice: (Long live my country, live United, our Emirates, the flag lives on). “It is an opportunity to renew our pledge of loyalty to the country’s wise leadership and our sacred land, to keep the flag aloft, as a symbol of dignity, pride and achievement,” said Sheikh Saif.

His Highness Shiekh Saif made this a statement during the ceremony held on Tuesday to raise the UAE flag over the Ministry of Interior’s building, simultaneously with the various departments and federal ministry buildings across the country. “As we celebrate the UAE’s Flag Day, which marks the day His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was sworn in as president, we cannot but remember the efforts of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, God rest his soul, founder of the country, who built a modern state; paved the way before a better future and initiated its journey of independence, freedom and prosperity,” added Sheikh Saif.

Moreover, His Highness Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior noted that raising the UAE flag simultaneously across the country sends a message to the world that the people of the UAE are united around their leaders. “It also embodies the sincere love of the people for their country and leader, as well as their pride, belonging and loyalty to the homeland,” emphasized Sheikh Saif.

As His Highness Sheikh Saif hoisted the UAE flag, the national colors could be seen gliding solemnly into the air and fluttering to the melodies performed by the Police Music Band as they played the UAE flag music and the national anthem. Recruits from the Abu Dhabi Police College, along with members of the Special Security Forces (K7), the Directorate ofTraffic and Patrols, Security Support, Women Police, Police Schools, and the Directorate General of Guard and Special Tasks took part in the ceremony. It is worth mentioning that the ceremony was broadcasted live by the Air Support aircrafts.

The MoI was keen to invite a large number of recruits from the Police College. Serving as a reminder and source of inspiration for the recruits, and to perhaps inspire new generations, the momentous occasion of raising the flag signifies the pride and prominence of the founding fathers when they had hoisted the UAE flag for the first time – the moment that will forever remain in the minds of generations who take it upon themselves to protect the achievements and sacredness of the country forevermore.

The ceremony was attended by Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’far, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior; Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs; Major General Mohammed bin Al Awadhi Al Menhali, Acting Assistant Undersecretary of Resources and Support Services; and Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior. Also attending were Major General Jassem  Muhammad Al Marzouqui, Civil Defense  General Commander-in-chief; Major General Abdul Aziz Maktoum Al Shareefi, Director General of Protective Security in the Ministry of Interior; Major General Salem Al Shamesi,  Director General of Finance and Services at the Ministry of Interior; Major General Omair Muhammad Ateeq Al Muhairi, Director General of Police Operations at Abu Dhabi Police; alongside directors general, heads of departments, and a large number of officers at the Ministry of Interior.

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