Today is the 44th anniversary of the day that six of the country's leaders agreed to form the federation that would become the United Arab Emirates, and the day of its formal independence from the United Kingdom, celebrated as National Day.

The Emirates have grown incredibly over the last four decades – becoming a true powerhouse in aviation, business, arts and culture. The country has become synonymous with diversity as people from around the world have flocked to it to find greater opportunities.

But today, for National Day, StepFeed wants to pay honor to Emiratis themselves, who are the lynchpin of the Emirates' success.

Here are 44 Emiratis who embody the spirit that has made this nation great:

4. Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum ( Olympic Gold medalist for shooting )

9. Mona Al Marri ( Director of Dubai Media Office )

11. Mariam Al Mansouri ( Fighter pilot )

14. Khaldoon Al Mubarak ( Chairman Manchester City FC/Businessman )

18. Marwan Al Ali ( Photographer )

19. Salma Hareb ( CEO of JAFZA )

20. Abdallah Ahmed al-Ghurair ( Businessman )

21. Sarah Shuhail ( NGO for sex trafficking )

22. Majid Al Futtaim ( Businessman )

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24. Saif Al Ghurair ( Businessman )

26. Abdulla Al Futtaim ( Businessman )

31. Layla Abdul Aziz Al Redha ( endurance rider and trainer )

34. Mubarak Al Suwaidi (Founder/CEO at Suwaidish)

35. Ruwaida al-Mahrouqi ( Singer/Director )

38. Hussain Al Jassmi (Singer)

39. Reem Al Marzouqi ( Engineer/Inventor )

40. Salim Dahman and Abdullah Dahman aka " Desert Heat " ( Rap duo )

42. Abdul-Qader Al Rais ( Artist )