The year 2021 marks the 50th year since the unification of the seven Emirates under one flag – the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The president of the UAE, his Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed said that the ‘Year of the 50th’ represents a historic, defining moment in the UAE’s journey which started immediately after the declaration of the country’s union in 1971. The ‘Year of the 50th’ has been officially underway since the 6th of April 2021.
A yearlong of activities, which will run until the 31st of March 2022, is spearheaded by the UAE Golden Jubilee Committee. The Committee aims for all those who consider the UAE to be their homeland to have a festive spirit. UAE nationals are encouraged to remember and acknowledge the achievements of the Founding Fathers while the youth are expected to be inspired to envision their ambitions for the future.
The celebration also includes a series of initiatives to contemplate the UAE’s much-appreciated history, values, and unique achievements. Late in August 2021, one of the initiatives by the Committee was “Letters to the Future”. This encouraged people to write a letter to their future selves, which would then act as a time capsule reminding them of how far they have come in life. Another major activity that is currently being held in Dubai is the Expo 2020. The Expo, which commenced in October 2021 and is set to continue until March 2022, is the most anticipated expo consolidating international partnerships and highlighting the latest technological developments from around the world.
With sustainable spaces that will last long after the Expo, it focuses on architecture, gastronomy, arts and culture, business entrepreneurship, country pavilion and exhibitions, innovation, mobility, opportunity, sports and fitness, and hospitality as the main features. The UAE possesses a major responsibility in hosting this important event. The hospitality industry is expected to provide new employment opportunities to many professionals with different backgrounds. This could also be a great experience for many young hoteliers.
Moreover, his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai) together with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces), announced in September the launching of a series of national strategic projects, which are designed to establish the UAE’s status, both regional and international, as a major economic hub. The project will involve the continuous development of the country’s successes in the past 50 years, all while building a plan for the coming 50 years as well.
As the year ends and as 2022 is coming, more exciting news awaits those who call the UAE their home as well as those who are interested in visiting the country. This means that there is plenty to look forward to in the United Arab Emirates!
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