NCEMA celebrates the 47th National Day Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Abu Dhabi: The National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority celebrated the 47th National Day, coinciding with the UAE celebration on this occasion demonstrating the symbolic importance of the anniversary of the Union. In an environment dominated by feelings of patriotism, belonging and loyalty, expressing the importance of this event for the Union and the comprehensive renaissance witnessed by the UAE under a wise leadership that managed to lead the UAE to achieve historical accomplishments. The ceremony was held in the presence of H.E. Saif Mohammed Arhamah Al Shamsi, Deputy Director General of NCEMA along with NCEMA directors and staff. Following the national anthem, H.E. Saif Mohammed Arhamah Al Shamsi delivered a speech in which he conveyed his congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and their highnesses the rulers of the UAE emirates, members of the Supreme Counci. and the UAE people; stressing that national day is a unique national event to renovate loyalty and devotion and a chance to highlight the achievements made over the past years of the Union’s life. Saif Al Shamsi said: "Our celebration today is a dear memory to our hearts. Today, we celebrate the glory of this blessed land. We celebrate this year, the Year of Zayed, on December the second, a date that is engraved in the memory and heart of every Emirati. It is a day that we feel proud of our unity and the wisdom of our fathers and forefathers who have cherished us and future generations. They have given us a dignified and united homeland and established in us the values and principles that if we adhere to, we shall never lose the way or be divided among ourselves – these are the values of authenticity and loyalty, challenge and accomplishment, love and tolerance. Saif Al Shamsi said: "The National Day, is the anniversary of realizing the dream of the Union, by the founding fathers under the leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who agreed to be united, and their will was stronger than all obstacles and established a new era based on unity, strength and will. They have established a solid, established and deep rooted country that has been able to overcome all the challenges and difficulties and endure threats that hit some of the strongest countries in the Arab world and almost destroyed their unity and stability.” Sheikh Zayed, may God rest his soul, was a very wise man. He had great dreams and aspirations, and managed to lay the foundations of the prosperous and developed union that we know today. Zayed loved his land and his people and was passionate about heritage, cultures and human development. Sheikh Zayed devoted his efforts to establish a bright future for those whom he considers as his children. He stressed that “We follow the steps of our fathers. Our country, both leaders and people, have great ambitions. Every new year we celebrate a new unique accomplishment, as this we launched the first UAE satellite last October under the name “KhalifaSat”, a highly advanced engineering icon, built by an elite team of UAE engineers.” As our founding father, Zayed, has taught us, our responsibility does not stop at the geographical boundaries of our country. Giving and loyalty must extend to the neighboring region. And therefore, the UAE has not lost sight of its regional environment. It has contributed to the treatment of the region’s crises by actively participating in counterterrorism efforts and helping the affected countries and peoples in an attempt to alleviate their plight. UAE diplomacy has also been active in an attempt to find a just settlement of the conflicts of the region, to add to its achievements and underpin its leading role in the region. The Deputy Director General of NCEMA said “Today, we are not only celebrating the anniversary of the Union, we are celebrating forty-seven years of work and prudence, forty-seven years of accomplishments, forty-seven years of construction and service of our homeland”. Today, we renew our loyalty and devotion to serve our nation. We remind the youth of their responsibilities towards their homeland so that they complete the journey of achievements. In fact, they have proven to be responsible and did not hesitate to sacrifice their lives when they heard the call of duty, many of them were martyrs, and we feel proud of them in all fields and show off their leadership positions, which they undertake efficiently and diligently, under directions of our wise leadership. The ceremony included a special documentary on the National Day, showing the accomplishments of the UAE, including the cultural development and what the UAE has become today. The ceremony also included a poem presented by the employee / poet Mohammed Saif Al Darmaki; as well as a variety of competitions concerning rare information about the Union’s foundation, with the participation of all employees.