About the Year of the 50th

From 1971 to 2071

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, declared 2021 as The Year of the 50th to commemorate 50 years since the nation’s founding in 1971.

Running from 6 April 2021 to 31 March 2022, this celebration coincides with Expo 2020 Dubai.

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Why are we celebrating the Year of the 50th?

We are commemorating our remarkable journey over the last 50 years while preparing for the transformative change that lies ahead in the next 50.

Where can I find out more about the first 50 years?

The best way to learn more about the UAE’s first 50 years is to immerse yourself in the stories of our Early Dreamers. Read the remarkable tales of the builders of the nation from all around the world.

What events are taking place during this year?

Alongside Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE’s National Day Celebrations, many events are taking place across the country. Visit our Events page to find some near you!

How can I participate in the Year of the 50th?

You can be part of the Year of the 50th too! Perhaps there’s a story of an Early Dreamer within your family that you want to share? Or you would like to write a letter about your hopes and dreams to your future self. You can also share your event celebrating our Golden Jubilee on our website. You are part of the story of our nation, and our celebrations this year.

About Us

The UAE Golden Jubilee Committee was formed in December 2019 under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Chaired by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, with Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed as Vice Chair, the Committee is tasked with mapping out the Emirates’ Golden Jubilee celebrations, developing and executing a comprehensive plan to mark the Year of the 50th on both federal and local government levels. The Committee is also working towards delivering a diverse agenda covering four strategic pillars that include development initiatives to drive changes across social, economic and development policies for generations to come.


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