Ambassador Al-Nuaimi and his wife Aisha, Brigadier Abdullah al-Hashmi,
AbdulRahman Gardugha and Sultan Yamahi welcoming the guest
In the presence of officials, diplomats, military figures and media
UAE Embassy in Canberra celebrates the 41st National Day
(Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)
Sydney-Middle East Times Int'l: The 41st National Day of the United Arab Emirates held in the Australian capital Canberra, featured intensive participation, large crowds, cultural and heritage events, a wonderful organization, an overwhelming delight and the presence of high-level Australian politicians, Arab and foreign ambassadors and military commanders.
Thursday November 29, 2012, was the UAE day with distinction, turned into a cultural event at the National Gallery of Australia, embodying the meaning of love and loyalty to the leadership and the nation, amid joy and pride with this glorious national occasion dearest to the people of the United Arab Emirates and their followers.
The celebration started with the national anthem of Australia and UAE, then HE Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi UAE Ambassador and Sally Mansfield head of protocol at the Foreign Affairs exchanged congratulations.
Full Speech of UAE Ambassador
HE Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi Ambassador of the UAE gave a speech as follows:
Ms. Sally Mansfield, Chief of Protocol
His Excellency, The Honourable Philip Ruddock, MP
Air Marshal, Jeff Brown, Chief of the Air Force
Major General Singleman, Representative of the Chief of Army
Dean and Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
Sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, fellow Emiratis,
It is with much pleasure and honour that I welcome you all who are present with us today.
On this glorious day, I offer our sincere congratulations and profound appreciation to the Emirates' Leadership:
(1) His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The President;
(2) His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai;
(3) Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.
On the second of December, the United Arab Emirates marks its National Day, celebrating 41 years since the state was established in 1971.
This great federation was led by the founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed saw the unity to be the best way to advance the aspirations of the people of the Emirates.
Since then, the country has sought to become a modern state with an open economy and tolerant society and has certainly become an important player in regional and global affairs.
The United Arab Emirates enjoys strong, warm and cordial relationship with Australia at every level.
This relationship is underpinned by strong people to people contacts and intertwined by solid political and commercial links.
The two way trade is valued at a bit over six billion dollars. Other key facts of the growing relationship are our national air carriers Etihad and Emirates.
This year, the Embassy launched a series of focused community engagement programs which were in support of local communities.
Our partnership with "Communities at Work" and its affiliated organisations such as "Galilee School" and "The Yellow Van" have been effective.
This has brought a tremendous joy to us. I am honoured to say that we have added many friends to the already long list of great friends.
In addition to our engagements this year, we look forward to continuing our efforts and contributions to the Australian community, but more specifically with Canberra based community and organisations more so because of the Centenary of Canberra in 2013.
Ladies and Gentlemen,,,,
In November 2011, the United Arab Emirates submitted its bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai under the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future".
Dubai is strategically located at the global crossroads between East and West, connecting one third of the world in just a four hour flight.
It is one of the world's top ten urban tourist destinations, home to more than 200 nationalities and serving a market of more than two billion people.
This has led to the development of a new silk road which connects many economies.
Dubai is definitely a melting pot of cultures, and a meeting point for people from across the world.
Distinguished guests, my fellow friends,,,,
Today's celebration is a reminder of the legacy of Sheikh Zayed.
Due to his vision, the UAE has since emerged as one of the fastest-growing and most stable countries in the region.
Despite the continuing problems faced by the global economy over the last few years, the UAE, thanks to its wise economic policies, has continued to develop successfully, with further growth confidently predicted for the years ahead.
I express my appreciation to the support of our partners:
(1) Emirates Airlines;
(2) Travel 2000;
(3) Dubai Ports (DP World);
(4) Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and;
(5) Habtoor and Leighton Group.
And let us not forget our appreciation to the Royal Military College Band for their exemplary performance!
I thank you for your presence with us tonight.
Part of the participants and seem Dr. Hamad Al Alawi
Consul General of the Sultanate of Oman in Australia
Hon. Philip Ruddock MP and Sally Mansfield during the ceremony
Philip Ruddock's Speech
For his part, MP Philip Ruddock Secretary-General of the Opposition Federal Government gave a speech in which he presented the development and achievements witnessed by the United Arab Emirates in various fields, stressing on the importance of UAE as a destination country.
Ruddock hailed Australian- Emirates growing relations, referring to the exchange of expertise and services between the two countries, especially in infrastructure projects.
He expressed surprise at the dense crowds that met the United Arab Emirates Embassy's call and attended the National Day ceremony, praising the Emirates generosity and hospitality.
Ruddock concluded by wishing to continue strengthening relations between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
The contents of the program
The celebration program includes a variety of events, including a heritage sight telling about the UAE people's customs and traditions combined with magnanimity, nobility and chivalry, presented by a number of the embassy staff and Emirates children, which earned the admiration of the audience.
A group of Emirate kids wearing Emirate traditional dress performed folk dances, songs and national anthems reflecting the meanings of national identity, sense of belonging to the UAE and the meanings of loyalty to the UAE wise leadership, led by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with the participation of HE Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi the Ambassador of United Arab Emirates and Colonel Ahmed Al Marri deputy military attaché.
An informative film was played about the United Arab Emirates, its people, location and nomadic tribes.
The ceremony included also a cultural exhibition with many brochures publications, information and images which tell the history of ancient and modern Emirates.
At the end of the ceremony, HE Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates made a gracious initiative by presenting certificates of appreciation, both to Colonel Ahmed Al Marri and Samira Baktadah, as an expression of thanks and appreciation for their effort, contribution, sacrifice and giving.
Popular food, desserts, refreshments and Arabic coffee was served during the ceremony.