UAE marks 47th anniversary of ‘dream that became reality’

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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. (WAM)
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Kuwait participates with the UAE in celebrating its 47th National Day. (WAM)
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Kuwait participates with the UAE in celebrating its 47th National Day. (WAM)
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Saudi Arabia participates with the UAE in celebrating its 47th National Day. (WAM)
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Saudi Arabia participates with the UAE in celebrating its 47th National Day. (WAM)
Updated 03 December 2018
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UAE marks 47th anniversary of ‘dream that became reality’

DUBAI: UAE leaders and citizens celebrated the birth of their country as a nation on Sunday on the 47th anniversary of a union that was formed between seven emirates. 
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed hailed the establishment of the country in 1971 as a “dream” that became a “bright reality” for the citizens, the nation and the world. 
In a statement to ‘Nation Shield’, the UAE Armed Forces’ magazine, Sheikh Khalifa said: “Today, we celebrate the glorious 47th anniversary of the announcement of our Union and the establishment of our country, a dream that became a bright reality for our people, the nation, the region and the world at large.”
The Union was a reflection of a “deep desire” held by the citizens and the country’s leadership, he added. 
Sheikh Khalifa described the establishment of the country as a “groundbreaking” initiative by the UAE’s founding fathers, under the leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said UAE’s National Day has gained special momentum this year, as it coincides with the 100th birth anniversary of the founding father. 
“If not for Sheikh Zayed, our Union would not have seen the light; nor would our nation have been able to survive the challenges that beset his drive to establish the Union,” Sheikh Mohammed said in a statement to the magazine. 
2018 was the ‘Year of Zayed’, which celebrated 100 years of the late Emirati leader’s birth. It was an occasion to highlight the extraordinary leader’s achievements and showcase his efforts, and insight for the nation. 
Also speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that celebrating National Day is a “message of duty and a renewal of loyalty” to the nation and its founders, in recognition of their efforts to realize the dream of the Union.
“It is a message of determination to continue working to preserve the achievements of our united nation, strengthen its pillars and always fly its flag high,” he said.
He added that the leadership believes that the true wealth of the country lies in its human capital, noting that the UAE is entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the age of artificial intelligence, “armed not with money and oil, but rather with educated and qualified Emiratis who possess the skills of the time.”
Several events were held across the country to celebrate Emirati tradition and culture, such as Yola and Al Ayala dances, henna, falcon displays, as well as live traditional music performances by Emirati musicians. 


Syria media says no attack on airport after reported air defense fire

Syrian pro-government forces hold a position near the village of al-Malihah, in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor, on September 9, 2017, during the ongoing battle against Daesh group. (AFP)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Syria media says no attack on airport after reported air defense fire

  • The accidental downing of a Russian transport aircraft by Syrian ground batteries during an Israel air strike on September 17 killed 15 service personnel

DAMASCUS: Syrian state media said Sunday that air defenses had opened fire near Damascus airport, before withdrawing the report after what appeared to be a false alarm.
“Our air defenses engaged hostile aerial targets in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport,” the official SANA news agency said, without providing more details.
But the report was later withdrawn by both SANA and state television without explanation.
SANA then quoted sources at the airport as saying that “there was no aggression” and that “traffic was normal.”
A well-informed source told AFP that “there was evidently a false alarm.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the sound of explosions rocked an area close to the airport and fire from air defenses was also heard.
The latest incident comes just over a week after Syria accused Israel of striking south of the capital.
The Britain-based Observatory said those were the first missiles to hit Syria since an air defense upgrade after the downing of a Russian plane in September.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in neighboring Syria against what it says are Iranian targets, many of them in the area south of Damascus.
Iran and Russia are the government’s key allies in the civil war that has raged Syria since 2011, and Moscow’s intervention in 2015 dramatically turned the tables against the rebels.
The accidental downing of a Russian transport aircraft by Syrian ground batteries during an Israel air strike on September 17 killed 15 service personnel.
Moscow pinned responsibility for the downing on Israel, saying its fighter jet used the larger Russian one for cover, an allegation Israel disputed.
Russia subsequently upgraded Syrian air defenses with the delivery of the advanced S-300 system, which Damascus insisted would make Israel “think carefully” before carrying out further air raids.
The move raised fears in Israel that its ability to rein in its arch foe Iran’s military presence in Syria would be sharply reduced.
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia that Israel would continue to hit hostile targets, while also maintaining “security coordination” with Moscow.