UAE President declares Martyrs’ Day public holiday

November 30 has been declared a national holiday to mark the sacrifice of those who have died in the line of duty.

DUBAI // President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed has declared that November 30 each year will be Martyrs’ Day — a national holiday.

According to state news agency Wam, the country will celebrate the honour and loyalty of its martyrs, in recognition of the sacrifices they made for their country, in the memory of its sons who have given their lives to keep the flag of the UAE flying high, as they performed their tasks and duties in the homeland and abroad, in the civil, military and humanitarian fields.

Sheikh Khalifa ordered this day be a public holiday throughout the UAE.

Commemorative and national events will be held with the participation of all government institutions, Emiratis and residents, to celebrate the pride of the nation in the values of dedication, devotion, loyalty and belonging that are rooted in the spirits of the sons of the UAE, who have sacrificed their lives on the battlefields and in the line of duty.

Sharjah’s Ruler ordered on Wednesday the a martyrs’ monument be constructed and inaugurated in the emirate on Martyrs’ Day. He also set the location for it on Maliha road, near Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy.

He also ordered a road in Sharjah University City to be renamed to Martyr’s Road.

Residents lauded the announcement and said that it is a great way to remember their fallen heroes.

Salem Al Bloushi, said that the news has brought joy to his heart.

“The Martyrs’ Day is a great way to honour those who died serving this country and its leadership,” said the 46-year-old Sharjah resident.

He added that Emiratis will come from across the country to the monument in Sharjah to pay tribute and pray for their souls.

Nora Abdullah, said that she heard the news on the radio while on her way home.

“We will always remember our brave soldiers, and now we have a national day to celebrate their bravery,” said the Ajman resident.

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