Sharjah will fly National Flag during the UAE's 41st National Day
Standing as high as the one in Abu Dhabi, UAE's capital city, the flagpole was commissioned only six weeks prior to National Day with the time pressured project being taken on by "Trident Support" - the company which is also credited with constructing the world's tallest flagpole in Tajikistan. The flagpole in the Flag Island is considered to be the 7th tallest flagpole in the world. On the occasion, Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), commented: "The Flag Island project has been undertaken under the directives of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah as a monument to Sharjah's astounding progress. The UAE as a nation has a great deal to be proud of; in a relatively short time we have built a country that is successful, prosperous, and full of opportunity for all. This National Day, the emirate of Sharjah will be sharing their pride in the Emirates by raising the UAE's national flag on one of the tallest poles in the world. I look forward to seeing our citizens' hearts' fill with admiration and joy at the symbol of our patriotism proudly displayed for all of Sharjah and the world to witness." Sheikh Khalid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Department of Public Works, said, "We are extremely delighted to join hands with Shurooq in the construction of Flag Island, which carries great national meaning in addition to being a new tourism destination in the Emirate. We have exerted our utmost efforts to complete the project within the set time frame so that the launch will coincide with the nationwide celebration of the UAE's National Day". H.E Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Shurooq CEO said: "The flagpole installation process is half way through, and hopefully will be done as per schedule to be ready for our special celebration of the National Day this year." Al Sarkal added: "The flagpole is designed to be the centrepiece of a tourist attraction that will eventually include an open amphitheatre, art gallery, shops, restaurants and cafes. The pole is to be transported to the location in 12-metre pieces and then assembled in place. And the nation's iconic flag will be raised on the 41st National Day to celebrate the birth of the Emirati nation." Shurooq was established in 2009 with the aim of achieving social, cultural, environmental and economic development on the basis of Sharjah's distinct Arab and Islamic identity, and to encourage investment by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from the region and the world. Shurooq's key mission is to provide facilities and incentives to help overcome obstacles facing investment activities in the emirate, evaluate investment-related infrastructure projects, and lay down the necessary plans to complete such projects.