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UAE Commemoration Day 'is beginning of new era', says Dubai ruler

Sheikh Mohammed pays tribute to fallen heroes ahead of annual Commemoration Day on Wednesday

UAE Commemoration Day 'is beginning of new era', says Dubai ruler

Commemoration Day in the UAE is the beginning of a new era in the UAE, an era of sacrifice for the country, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

As he paid tribute to those who died performing their national duties at home and abroad in civil, military and humanitarian fields, he said the new era would also "preserve the country’s security and stability".

In recognition of their bravery, sacrifices, loyalty and dedication, the UAE observes the UAE Commemoration Day every year on November 30.

In his column at the Nation Shield magazine, Sheikh Mohammed said that the Commemoration Day is a time to "remember our brothers and sons that paid with their bloods and protected the country".

Sheikh Mohammed also expressed his appreciation for all the branches of the UAE Armed Forces, security departments and humanitarian efforts.

He added: “We vow this day to be loyal to our martyrs and to be like fathers to their sons. We vow that as we continue on our path, we shall always be grateful for their sacrifice and we shall preserve their memory forever.”

Last week, it was announced that the memorial site created to honour the UAE’s fallen soldiers is be named Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity).

The site, which is to be officially opened on Commemoration Day, will be a landmark that reflects the UAE’s pride in the sacrifices made by its armed forces, and where the values of dignity, unity, and solidarity for the sake of the nation are enshrined.

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