The history sat heroic examples written by generous and giving UAE soldiers who sacrificed their lives defending the sovereignty of the nation.
The first Emirati martyr is Salem Suhail bin Khamis, who died on November 30, 1971, during the "battle of the Greater Tunb" shortly before the UAE's formation.
UAE soldiers were also blessed with the honour of bravery while taking part in the Arab Coalition's Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen.
UAE has launched many national initiatives to honour its fallen heroes, pay profound gratitude to their sacrifices and provide all the support and consolation to their families.
UAE Initiatives to Honour Martyrs
Commemoration Day came into effect in 2015, when HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, stated that November 30, will become an annual public holiday to honour the UAE’s martyrs.
Governmental and non-governmental organisations, UAE nationals as well as expatriates participate in different activities that take place during this special day to express gratitude for the martyrs’ sacrifices and preserve their memory forever.
Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office (MFAO)
On 7th, September 2015, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has ordered the creation of an office to follow up affairs of martyrs’ families, at the Crown Prince Court.The office is mandated to follow up the requirements of families of martyrs in co-ordination with other authorities and to provide necessary support and care to them.
Following are some of the initiatives launched by Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office:
- A joint initiative with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment aiming at showing pride in the sacrifices of the martyrs by naming several mosques after the nation's martyrs.
- In cooperation with "Takatof", (MFAO) launched a programme that consists in a societal initiative in the service of the community in honour of the sacrifices made by the Emirati martyrs.
- "UAE is proud of you" campaign, in collaboration with "Al Bait Metwahid", aiming at effectively engaging all segments of the society by expressing their pride at the sacrifices made by the UAE martyrs. People can express their pride for the nation’s heroes through "Al Bait Metwahid" video booths available in different public places all over the country.
- "Proud Expressions", an initiative in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA). "Proud Expressions" serves as a platform for artistic expression in its various forms, inspiring active public participation and involvement from across the UAE.
you can contact the Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office through email@example.com.
Martyrs' Memorial "Wahat Al Karama"
Launched on the commemoration day 2016, After HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, announced its official name "Wahat l Karama" that means the Oasis of dignity, built as the martyrs’ memorial in honour and recognition of Emirati martyrs’ sacrifices.
The 42,000 m² site is situated in Abu Dhabi, facing the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
The design, created by artist Idris Khan, consists of:
Memorial Plaza, with large spaces to host the annual Commemoration Day ceremonies.
31 metal panels leaning on one another powerfully conveying the concepts of unity, strength, solidarity, devotion, and loyalty.
The Pavilion of Honour, with engraved poems and verses written by the UAE’s Founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Archives, the National Archives has announced the establishment of the "Martyrs' Archive" within the framework of UAE Martyr's Day, in honour of the brave Emiratis who were martyred in defence of the homeland while performing their national duty.
Along with the archive, a museum to commemorate the martyrs is being established, aiming at creating a documented historical record of each martyr, attesting to his biography and his career, and all related information, to keep them in the National Archives.
Mother of the Nation's Initiative
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has praised the sacrifices of the heroes who died while defending the UAE and instructed to nominate a Hall in each of the Family Development Foundation centres in Abu Dhabi, Western region and Eastern region as "martyr of the nation Hall", in honour of the lives the martyrs and the recognition of their heroism.
Crown Prince Court website
Emarat Al Youm newspaper
Al Ittihad Newspaper