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Sharjah builds world's 7th tallest flagpole

First flag set to be raised up 123-metre pole on Dec 2 to celebrate UAE's National Day

Sharjah builds world's 7th tallest flagpole
Construction work on Sharjahs new flagpole, the seventh tallest in the world.

Sharjah authorities have said that work on building the world's seventh tallest flagpole is almost complete.

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), in collaboration with the Sharjah Department of Public Works and a number of government bodies and departments, is constructing a 123 metre-high flagpole on Flag Island.

The island is located opposite the area previously known as "Montazah Al Jazeera" facing the governmental buildings in the emirate of Sharjah.

The flagpole will be completed on November 25 with the flag set to be raised on December 2, the UAE's 41st National Day.

Standing as high as the one in Abu Dhabi, the flagpole was commissioned only six weeks prior to National Day with project being undertaken by Trident Support, the company credited with constructing the world's tallest flagpole in Tajikistan.

Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, chairperson of Shurooq, said: "The UAE as a nation has a great deal to be proud of; in a relatively short time we have built a country that is successful, prosperous, and full of opportunity for all.

"This National Day, the emirate of Sharjah will be sharing their pride in the Emirates by raising the UAE's national flag on one of the tallest poles in the world."

The flagpole is designed to be the centrepiece of a tourist attraction that will eventually include an open amphitheatre, art gallery, shops, restaurants and cafes.

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