Thousands of people attended the official 47th National Day celebrations on Sunday evening at Zayed Sports City Stadium, in Abu Dhabi along with a sequel of visual entertainment adoring the life and achievements of the founding father of UAE. The additional taste to this year’s National Day celebrations is it coexists with Shaikh Zayed’s birth centenary.

Emirati and immigrant families with their children started gathering the stadium from 3 pm. Children along with motioning flags were dressed in national colours, while men wore mufflers of national colours.

More than 22,000 people assembled at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi – the place for the official celebration of this year. Stating to Gulf News at the stadium, Saif Al Shehhi, Emirati who came from Ras Al Khaimah along with his children and family said, “the life today we are living here is the result of efforts of Baba Zayed. Now our children live a peaceful life with the great education and health care all because of him. ” He added, “Now it’s our duty to preserve it and serve the nation ”.

Another Emirati from Abu Dhabi, Abdul Rahman, said, “ There was nothing in the UAE and it’s the vision of Shaikh Zayed who united all seven Emirates and put the country on the path of success and prosperity. ”

Ceremonies began with Zuma  Al Qubaisi’s long poetic admiration and achievements of Shaikh Zayed and the Rulers of the UAE. The 47th National Day was commemorated in spectacular fashion at the stadium, with dazzling visual displays, live musical shows, and over a thousand performers delighting the crowd.

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