Last Dec 2, 2010 the United Arab Emirates celebrated its National Day. It has been 39 years since the United Kingdom ended its treaty relationships with the seven Trucial Sheikhdoms which had been, together with Bahrain and Qatar, under British protection. I have stayed home for the two national days in the past and on my third chance to witness this grand event, I decided to go out and capture the moment with my camera.
Let me share the photographs that I took that day, starting off with this very groovy guy all dressed up for the event and wearing the colors of UAE (Red, Green, Black & White). This guy immediately captured the attention of all the spectators and fellow photographers.
From this next picture you can easily see that almost everyone has prepared for this annual event dressing up their cars with almost anything related to UAE from flags, ribbons, laces and most specially the photographs of the great Sheikhs of the country.
The celebration was not limited to UAE Nationals, it was enjoyed by both young and old, people from different nations such as Brits, Indian, Jordanian, Pakistanis, Filipinos, etc., the event was a blast.
One very notable acts in the celebration are the confetti spray cans. It’s a “Must Have” for the celebration. You will see people getting ambushed with confetti almost everywhere (as shown above) even myself was not excused. I remember keeping a close watch for the ambushers and keeping my hands at the front of my lens every time I see one nearby.
And of course, there’s no better way to end the event other that gracing everyone with the much awaited fireworks display. I’m sure everyone had a blast, I sure did. I’m looking forward for the celebration next year.
Here are the other photographs I took during the event:
Photographs are captured with:
Nikon D90 DSLR Camera
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Shutter
Marumi UV Filter
Sandisk ULTRA 15MB/s SD card