Does your phone say ‘UAE52’? Here’s why

Have you noticed that your phone network’s name has changed this afternoon to ‘UAE52’? If you’re asking why, it’s since the 52nd UAE Union Day will be coming up on Saturday, December 2.

What is UAE Union Day?

In 2023, the UAE will mark 52 years since all of the emirates united to become the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1971. Apart from the UAE being decked up in the colours of the flag of the UAE (red, green, white, and black) across the entire country, there will be a number of activities taking place to commemorate this special day.

The formal ceremonies will take place in Expo City, with the much-anticipated COP28, a global climate change highest point taking place from November 30 to December 12. As a result, the official National Day joy this year will ‘highlight the UAE’s sustainable journey from its integration in 1971 to the present day.’

The presentation aims to provide an illuminating narrative about the UAE’s sustainability journey thus far, plus provide light on its ultimate goal. This series is aimed at demonstrating humanity, via performance and storytelling, how we can all use climate adaptation, conquering problems through creative thinking, and collective action to make a difference.

Do we get a public holiday for UAE Union Day?

Yes. While Union Day happens on a Sunday this year, the Ministry of Employment and Human Resources has stated that UAE Union Day 2023 would be a three-day weekend.

From Saturday, December 2 to Monday, December 4, all staff will be on break and will return to work on Tuesday, December 5. On Friday, December 1, the public sector (including schools) is going to have a remote-working day.

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