The ceremony started with the playing of the UAE National Anthem. This was followed by a performance from the Fijian military veterans troupe, entitled ” War Spears Dance” and “Fan Dance”, proceeded by a performance by a Japanese group, entitled ”Strike terror into the hearts of enemies”.
The main feature of the opening ceremony was a spectacular show of power in which the land, air and naval forces of the UAE demonstrated their professional skills in front a large number of guests from Arab and friendly countries.
The opening ceremony was attended by H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Crown Prince of Umm al-Qaiwain and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ra’s al-Khaimah.
Also present were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, Mohammed Ahmed Al-Murr, speaker of Federal National Council, H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Surour bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt.General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior , H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dr. Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed Al Nahyan , Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), Lieutenant General Obaid Mohammed Al Ka’abi, Under Secretary of Defence Ministry, Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, Director of the Dubai Ruler’s Office Lt. General Musabbah Rashid Al Fattan, Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, chief of Dubai Police, members of diplomatic corps accredited to the country, guests and key officials.
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