Cranleigh teachers, staff and pupils came together on November 1st to raise the flag in celebration of UAE’s National Flag Day. The Head Boy, Omar, and Head Girl, Kenza, spoke eloquently and were followed by Principal, Michael Wilson, who encouraged everyone to take a moment to remember the meaning of the flag, and reflect on our shared sense of belonging as one, united community.
The flag was adopted in 1971 and represents courage, honesty, love and hope. It is a symbol of pride for everyone.
Although UAE Flag Day is officially on 3rd November, this year it was decreed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister, that it would be celebrated on 1st November, at 11:00am. The event marks the 2004 accession of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as President of the UAE. It has been celebrated since 2014.