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UAE declares public holiday on November 30

The UAE announces November 30 as a public holiday to mark the sacrifice of those who have died for the UAE in the line of duty.

President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has named November 30 as Martyrs’ Day and made it a national occasion across the UAE, news agency WAM reported.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the day will pay tribute to the “sacrifices offered by the nation’s martyrs and its loyal people, who offered their lives so as to keep the UAE flag flying aloft while they were performing their national duties within and outside the country, in civilian, military and humanitarian fields”.

Three soldiers from the UAE were killed earlier this month while fighting in Yemen as part of a Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes against Houthi rebels.

Other military and non-military personnel from the Emirates also lost their lives to the conflict since it began in March.