A military parade was the highlight of the celebrations to mark the fourth anniversary of membership of the United Arab Emirates (U.
GV President's motorcade arrives at parade
SV President greeted and walks to reviewing stand
SV PAN Aircraft fly over
SV ZOOM TO GO Troops march past
SV President and officials watch
SV Floats in parade including one bearing race of President
GV & SV Armoured vehicles on parade (2 shots)
GV Ships sail by
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Background: A military parade was the highlight of the celebrations to mark the fourth anniversary of membership of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (2 December).
U.A.E. state president, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, took the salute and, in a speech on his behalf by one of his cabinet ministers, he said he looked back with satisfaction on four years of consolidating the U.A.E. He said he hoped it would be a starting point for a larger, and more comprehensive Federation of Gulf States.
The parade was watched by a large number of state officials, including members of the Supreme Federal Council, leaders of diplomatic missions and cabinet ministers.
Token regiments representing the State's air, sea and land forces took part in a march-past, while air pilots staged a fly-past. Groups representing different Government and civil institutions in the state also took part in a civil parade.
Abu Dhadi is the U.A.E's largest oil producer. When it joined the group four years ago its government disbanded and, in a cabinet reshuffle, some of the members became U.A.E. cabinet ministers.
SYNOPSIS: The Arab Gulf state of Abu Dhabi celebrated the fourth anniversary of its membership of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. The celebrations featured a military parade and among the guests, the President of the U.A.E., Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
One of the President's cabinet ministers gave the address on his behalf.
In the speech, he said he looked back with satisfaction on the four years of consolidating the U.A.E. He said he hoped it would be a staring point for a larger, and more comprehensive Federation of Gulf States. Other guests included prominent cabinet ministers and diplomatic representatives.
The military parade was the highlight of the celebrations. It featured the latest in the U.A.E.'s military vehicles, while token regiments representing the state's air, sea and land forces took part in a march past. Others came from civilian groups. Abu Dhabi is the U.A.E.'s largest oil producer and joined the federation after its government disbanded in 1971.