The United Arab Emirates celebrates its 43rd National Day on December 2, 2014
The United Arab Emirates celebrates its 43rd National Day on December 2, 2014. The holiday marks the unification of the seven emirates and the founding of the country in 1971 under Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president. <br\> The United Arab Emirates was formed on December 2, 1971, when the UK’s treaty expired and the separate sheikdoms decided to form a Union. At first the UAE was a federation of six emirates- Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah was added a year later to the UAE. To celebrate the UAE’s 43rd National Day, the Government of Dubai has planned a number of activities throughout the week.