Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi Celebrates the UAE's 45th National Day and marks National Martyrs' Day

04 Dec 2016

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance and President of Zayed University, celebrated the 45th National Day and marked the National Martyrs’ Day at Zayed University in Dubai campus.

Professor Reyadh AlMehaideb, Vice President of Zayed University, observed a minute of silence in Abu Dhabi campus to pay tribute and pray for souls of martyred soldiers and celebrated the 45th National Day, which saw a huge turnout and contributions from Zayed University students, faculty, and staff.

Celebrations saw the presence of Dr Marilyn Roberts, Provost, Dr Fatima AlDarmaki, Assistant Provost for Student Affairs, faculty, and staff, who gathered at the central courtyard to express their gratitude and love for the UAE.

With the presence of a large number of students, Zayed University honored the bravery of those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and defended the sovereignty of the nation, in the line with the declaration of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark November 30 each year to remember the UAE’s fallen heroes.

Additionally, Zayed University came alive on the occasion of the 45th National Day being celebrated with a wide range of events from cultural dances and traditional exhibitions that captivated hundreds of students, staff, and faculty in both campuses.  

A number of activities were also organized including, traditional handicrafts workshops, photos and book galleries, and heritage villages were set up to showcase precious Emirati foods, music, dance, and poetry.

As part of Zayed University National Day celebrations, the six-year old Muhra Al Shehi, who His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, described as an Emirati angle and the queen of children, expressed her love to the country’s leaders and recited some poems.

A wide array of competitions and exhibitions were conducted to award the best decorative car and the best photograph, which mark the 45th National Day. Students and faculty were all dressed in traditional clothing and displayed UAE flags of all sizes in addition to dazzling traditional Emirati dances and shows performed by the Spirit of the Union School as well as Al Mazyod National Band.