Qasr Al Hosn fort depicted Google Doodle for UAE National Day

With National Day celebrations in full swing across the country, Google played its part by representing a historic Abu Dhabi fort in a Doodle.
Clicking on the doodle took visitors to the results page for a search for 'United Arab Emirates National Day'.
Clicking on the doodle took visitors to the results page for a search for 'United Arab Emirates National Day'.

ABU DHABI // With National Day celebrations in full swing across the country, search giant Google has played its part by representing Qasr Al Hosn fort in a homepage “Doodle”.

Visitors to google.ae were greeted with a page where the famous multicoloured Google logo was rendered in the UAE colours of red, black, green and white colours, and the Abu Dhabi fort replaces the two “o”s in Google.

Clicking on the Doodle took visitors to the results page for a search for “United Arab Emirates National Day”.

For several years, Google has paid tribute to National Day, with Doodles featuring eagles, camels and flags.

Meanwhile, Google has added a extra touch to this year’s celebrations, allowing internet users around the world to view an online exhibit.

It has worked with the National Archives of the UAE to launch a digital exhibit on its Cultural Institute platform, which takes back readers to the year 1971, the year that the union of emirates was founded.

This is the first time parts of the footage from the UAE’s union is available globally for people around the world to access anywhere and from any device, reported state news agency WAM.

It features key milestones such as the signing of the Declaration of the Union on December 2, 1971 by the UAE’s founding fathers including Sheikh Zayed.

The digital exhibit also highlights the first flag-hoisting for the declaration of Union and the gathering of the UAE rulers outside the Guest Palace in Dubai. Users can also explore the first collection of stamps in the country.

“Launching the national archives of the UAE on the Cultural Institute platform is in line with our broader mission to make information more accessible,” said Tarek Abdalla, regional head of marketing for Google.

“The UAE’s National Archives has a wealth of important material that people can explore. We have the technology capability to help people not only get online but to explore history in a more exciting and interactive way.”

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: December 2, 2014 04:00 AM

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