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S IMPLY ABU DHABI
SPIRIT OF THE UNION
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE UAE
The United Arab Emirates’ heritage has always been celebrated with pride and insatiable
energy, but the current 40th anniversary festivities have reached epic proportions and
proven to be more extravagant and flamboyant than ever.
For weeks leading up to the opening ceremony, the nation held its breath as streets, buildings and landmarks
across the UAE were elaborately illuminated to reflect the grandeur of the forthcoming five-week party. While
the general public took to the streets to feast on traditional dancing, costume, music and culinary treats, we
watched in awe as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque & Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain were suddenly brought to life
through a monumental montage of light, colour and 3D projections.
At the very start of the forty day festival, Heritage Convoys, organised by the Emirates Heritage Club, travelled
all over the region to demonstrate the importance of the country’s rich culture. Elsewhere, the outdoor Spirit
of the Union Gallery opened and embarked on its quest to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.
Displaying images that represent the history, culture and future of the UAE, the gallery has continued to add
one photograph every day in its attempt to create the largest-ever outdoor photo exhibition.