Formerly known as Martyr’s Day, it honours those who have given up their lives for the UAE.
Commemoration Day recognises the sacrifices and dedication of Emirati martyrs, who have given their lives in the UAE and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service.
Earlier in 2015, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, decreed that November 30 would become an annual public holiday in the UAE. While a day off work is considered a welcome bonus, it is important to remember what the occasion signifies. It is not a celebration in the same way as National Day, but a day to remember and honour those who have given their lives for the UAE.
It is a time that will remind the families of those who have been martyred that the UAE has not forgotten them or their sacrifice.
Residents and citizens in the UAE are reminded to be respectful on this day.