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UAE’s 2021 stamp program

Written by catpaw

January 12, 2022

2021 was a big year for the UAE –  their 50th anniversary. For those not familiar with the United Arab Emirates, the nation was formed by 7 emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah, December 1971, with Ras al Khaimah joining in 1972.  You can learn more about the UAE here History of the UAE – The Official Portal of the UAE Government

For cancel lovers, the UAE offers some nice cancels to pick over. I especially liked the September Stone-Curlew/Houbara one.

Birds of UAE cancel

UAE cancels tick all my boxes – clean lines, easily identifiable topics and interesting designs. It takes a special skill to create such tiny works of art. And that brings me to my one complaint. UAE’s postal authorities offer no details about artist and designers. Not crediting artists should be a crime. If you happen to have any info, pass it along in the comments. 

As well, if you have any interesting links to the history of the region, feel free to post it as well. I’d like to add details to this page about the history an culture of the area and would appreciate any help readers can offer. 


UAE Nation Brand logo

cancel – UAE Nation Brand

 UAE Nation Brand

FDC – UAE Nation Brand

7 stamps on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel
offset lithography

Release date: April 11, 2021


Inauguration of the Khor Fakkan Amphitheater

Ampitheatre cancel

Stamp Sheet-Khorfakkan Amphitheatre 

S.Sheet – Khorfakkan Amphitheatre 

FDC-S-Sheet – Khorfakkan Amphitheatre FDC-Khorfakkan AmphitheatreKhorfakkan Postcard

3 stamps on a sheet, souvenir sheet, 2 FDCs, cancel, postcard 
offset lithography

Release date: July 7, 2021


Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center : Birds

Birds of UAE cancel

Stone Curlew & Houbara

FDC-Stone-Curlew & Houbara

2 stamps on a sheet, FDC, cancel
offset lithography

New Home – Hamdan Bin Mohammad Heritage Center (

Release date: September 5, 2021


Expo 2020, Dubai 2021


Expo-2020-Dubai-2021souvenir sheet

5 stamps on a sheet, souvenir sheet
offset lithography

Expo 2020 Dubai | Home | Connecting Minds, Creating the Future | Expo 2020 Dubai

Release date: October 1, 2021

UAE-Kazakhstan Joint Issue : Independence Anniversaries

UAE-Kazakhstan Joint Issue cancel

 Joint celebration of Year of the 50th Anniversary of the UAE

FDC – Joint celebration of Year of the 50th Anniversary of the UAE

2 stamps, FDC, cancel
offset lithography

Release date: October 10, 2021


Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Finds

Treasures cancel

Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Site FDC-Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Site 

3 stamps on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel
offset lithography

  • pottery storage jar
  • gold crown model
  • gold ring

Saruq al-Hadid has been inhabited for thousands of years, starting with the Umm Al Nar period (2600–2000 BCE). Try the links below to learn more. 

Brushing off sands of time at the archaeological site of Saruq al-Hadid (

Saruq Al Hadid | A Unique Archaeological Site In Dubai (

Release date: November 4, 2021

Muhammad Bin Rashid Al-Maktum Creative Sports Award

Creative sports award cancel

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award

FDC – Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award 

1 stamp, sheet of 4, FDC, cancel
offset lithography

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award announced (

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award Ceremony | World Expo (

Release date: November 23, 2021


National Day 2021

50th cancel 

50th cover50th E second stamp

Year of the fifteith 2  

National Day 2021 FDC 

2 stamps, sheet of 16, FDC, cancel
offset lithography

Release date: December 2, 2021

Emirates Rulers of 1971 and 2021

S.Sheet- Year of the Fiftieth 2S.Sheet- Year of the Fiftieth 3S.Sheet- Year of the Fiftieth 4S.Sheet- Year of the Fiftieth 5S.Sheet- Year of the Fiftieth 6 UAE - 7 Emirates 

6 stamps
offset lithography

  • Shaykh Khalid bin Zayid al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi
  • Shaykh Muhammad bin Rashid al-Maktum of Dubai
  • Shaykh Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi of Sharjah
  • Shaykh Humayd bin Rashid al-Nu`aymi of Ajman
  • Shaykh Sa`ud bin Rashid al-Mu`alla of Umm al-Qiwain
  • Shaykh Hamad bin Muhammad al-Sharqi of Fujeira

Release date: December 12, 2021

Ministry of Interior, 50 Years

Ministry of interior For print

 Ministry of interior For print

Ministry of interior For print FDC 

2 stamps, FDC, cancel
offset lithography

Release date: December 21, 2021

Jabal Jays | جَبَل جَيْس

Jebel Jais

2 stamps on a souvenir sheet
offset lithography

Also written as Jebel Jais

The UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais is part of the spectacular Hajar mountains that were formed over 70 million years ago in the eastern part of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates and Oman. Towering at 1,934 m above sea level, Jebel Jais boasts breath-taking vistas, thrilling adventures, and a welcome respite from the heat with temperatures around ten degrees cooler than sea level. | Jebel Jais, Ras Al KhaimahJebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah (

Release date: December 22, 2021

Sports Achievement of the United Arab Emirates

Qasr Al Watan

Emirates Sport in 50 Years FDC- Emirates Sport in 50 YearsQasr Al Watan First Day Cover 

6 stamps on 2 sheets, souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel
offset lithography

Release date: December 27, 2021

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