UAE National Day

I was privileged to be in the UAE last week, attending exhibitions and meeting students and agents in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. On 2nd December, the United Arab Emirates celebrated its 40th birthday! I was blown away by the festivities to mark the ‘Spirit of the Union’ and the UAE’s 40th National Day. Every building was covered in flags, kids were dressed in red, white, green and black and cars were decorated to crazy proportions. One Emirati woman apparently spent 160,000 dirhams (about £28,000) decorating her BMW in Swarovski crystals in preparation for the big day! My favourite cars were these cute little smart cars though…

We’re pleased to have a couple of dozen Emirati students here at UCLan and we hope that on their return home they’ll be contributing to make the Emirates’ next 40 years just as prosperous as the last 40!