The United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrates its National Day, a holiday that marks the 1971 formal nationalization and federal unification of the seven emirates that compose the UAE, on December 2. Every year, National Day festivities and events take place across the UAE, usually for at least two days, sometimes longer.
To commemorate the 42nd National Day of the UAE in December of 2013, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba hosted a special reception at the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. Intended to recognize the growth and progress of the UAE and celebrate philanthropic and cultural partnerships between the UAE and the US, the event highlighted the important work of some of the country’s key US-based partners.
Organizations, such as the Children’s National Medical Center and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, are currently making advances in health care, disaster relief, childhood education, and community development, thanks in part to the support of the UAE. In his reception remarks, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba noted that these philanthropic relationships are a reflection of the strong bilateral connection and friendship shared by the US and the UAE and a testament to the charitable legacy of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE.
Hundreds of guests attended the reception, including senior US government officials; community organization representatives; Washington, DC, diplomatic corps members; and other ambassadors.