Speaking on the occasion, Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) said that the inauguration of the three flagpoles came in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, of establishing national and tourist destinations in each city of the emirate of Sharjah, to share the joy of the people of the UAE in their country. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi added: "The UAE has accomplished a lot of achievements during the last 42 years in all areas of life, and made its citizens' lives better. These flagpoles are an icon of the UAE citizens' pride of the role played by the Union in maintaining our identity, boosting our capabilities and developing our communities to claim the rightful place among the world's civilized nations, in terms of economic, architectural, social and cultural development. These achievements have elevated the country to prestigious position in the ranks of most advanced countries in the world". Sheikh Haitham bin Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi expressed his thrill in the flagpoles inauguration in Kalba and other cities in the emirate of Sharjah, which came in line with the nationwide celebrations of the 42nd UAE National Day. He said that the flag has a dominant presence in such occasions as it is one of the most important patriotic symbols that portray the greatness of the Union and its achievements in all aspects of life. Sheikh Haitham extended his heartiest congratulations and salutations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to their brothers Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council Rulers of the Emirates and to the UAE people on this special occasion. He expressed his wishes that the UAE will remain an oasis of safety, progress and prosperity and a beacon of excellence in all areas. HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, said the authority is always keen to mark National Day by organising various activities in the different destinations and regions being developed and managed by the Authority, and to share the joy of the UAE people on this special occasion. He added that Shurooq would be committed to transforming the squares of the flagpoles in each respective city into attractive destinations that catch the attention of visitors from inside the country and abroad. The UAE flag was raised high on the three flagpoles at the end of the ceremonies, which began with the UAE national anthem, followed by the oath of loyalty, and then the flag-raising ceremony, accompanied by a musical performance by the military musical band of Sharjah Police. The celebrations also featured a saluting of the flag and then concluded with releasing of balloons in UAE colours. Al Dhaid's ceremony included "Here is the UAE" operetta performed by 42 children, while Dibba Al Hisn's ceremony was concluded with live performance by the folklore band. HE Dr Abdullah Saif Obaid Al Yamahi said that a number of facilities and amenities would be developed in Flagpole Square in Kalba to transform the area into a national and tourist landmark that attracts visitors and tourists. He added that the area would also host national activities in the near future. HE Mohammed Sultan bin Huwaidin said that people in Al Dhaid have been eagerly awaiting the flag inauguration since the commencement of construction works on the site. With the inauguration of the flagpole on 2nd of December, they are extremely happy of this new national landmark that will occupy an important place of their city. HE Tamim Salem Al Tamim Al-Riyami said that Dibba Al Hisn has made a national achievement with this huge flagpole which reflects the country unity and people loyalty to the federation. He said that the flag square in the city will be a beacon of dignity, pride and glory for all citizens. The inauguration ceremonies were attended by a huge crowd of people from Kalba, Al Dhaid and Dibba Al Hisn who expressed their heartfelt joy on the occasion and their pride of their flag and loyalty to their leadership. They stressed that such activities will contribute to maintaining sense of belonging to their beloved homeland for which all citizens share love and loyalty.