As the 52nd UAE National Day approaches, the first weekend of December promises a myriad of celebrations, making it the perfect time to plan a day out with family and friends.
The UAE National Day, celebrated on December 2nd each year, marks the unification of the seven Emirates that form the United Arab Emirates. On this significant day in 1971, the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah came together to form a single, independent, and sovereign nation. The unification was a result of the British withdrawal from the region, and the emirates chose to unite, establishing the modern-day UAE under the visionary leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father and first president of the UAE.
UAE National Day is a time for citizens and residents alike to come together in celebration of their country’s unity, heritage, and achievements. The day is marked by various events, including parades, fireworks, cultural performances, and festivities that showcase the rich traditions, history, and cultural diversity of the nation. It’s a moment of national pride and reflection on the journey of the UAE, highlighting its progress, development, and its status as a global hub for innovation and modernity. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of this special occasion.
- Spectacular Shows and Fireworks:
Flags will adorn the country, and Expo City Dubai will host a spectacular show on December 1-2 at 9 pm. Don’t miss the fireworks at the Firework Arena at Global Village in Dubai. Enjoy remarkable performances, including the operetta ‘UAE’s Vision’ at the Main Stage, paying tribute to the UAE’s cultural heritage.
- Feast Your Way Through the City:
Embark on a delightful culinary adventure in Dubai with a variety of enticing options. For young aspiring bakers, Yamanote Atelier offers free baking masterclasses for kids with Emirati-themed ingredients. Coffee enthusiasts can explore specialty brews at local cafes like Farmers Cafe or Qahwaty, or delve into the rich history of coffee at the Coffee Museum. To savor the authentic flavors of Emirati cuisine, head to Arabian Tea House or try traditional meals at renowned restaurants like Al Fanar. Seafood lovers can explore Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, with must-try spots such as 3Fils or Brix. For a casual and diverse gastronomic journey, visit street food joints like Ravi Restaurant and Al Mallah.
- Immerse Yourself in the Country’s Heritage:
Go on a captivating journey through the cultural tapestry of the United Arab Emirates. Explore the contemporary art scene at Jameel Arts Centre or pay homage to Union Day by visiting Union House and Etihad Museum. Delve into the rich history of the UAE at Al Shindagha Museum, where a multimedia show titled ‘Dubai Creek: Birth of a City’ unfolds the captivating narrative of Dubai’s inception. For a deeper understanding of the cultural roots, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offers Arabic lessons and guided museum tours. Immerse in the vibrant world of Emirati artistry by perusing galleries showcasing masterpieces from talents like Amali Beljafla at Hunar Gallery or Latifa Bint Maktoum at Tashkeel art studio.
- Enjoy Traditional Performances:
From December 1-3, traditional Emirati bands will captivate audiences in malls and shopping destinations citywide. Catch performances at various locations, including Dubai Festival City Mall, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me’aisem, Bluewaters, and Dragon Mart. The celebrations conclude with performances at Dubai Festival Plaza, Ibn Battuta Mall, Al Khawaneej Walk, Circle Mall, and The Beach, JBR.
- Hang Out With Family:
Celebrate with family as you go on an exhilarating journey through the diverse landscapes and iconic landmarks of Dubai. Begin with the Al Marmoom Bedouin Experience, delve into the fascinating life of the UAE’s oldest inhabitants in the vast desert. Head to The View at The Palm for a panoramic perspective. As the sun sets, escape to the eco-friendly Sonara Camp for a desert retreat, complete with snowboarding, archery, and a mesmerizing fire show. Immerse yourself in the vibrant blooms of Dubai Miracle Garden and take to the skies with Balloon Adventures or enjoy a buggy ride with Big Red Adventures. Admire Dubai’s architectural marvels from Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest observation wheel at Bluewaters Island. Embrace the cooler weather at Dubai’s lush green spaces during this Union Day long weekend.
- Catch up On Sports:
From December 1-3, The Sevens Stadium hosts the Emirates Dubai 7s, featuring top international men’s and women’s rugby teams. Additionally, don’t miss the sporting extravaganza at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club during the UAE Union Day Cup from November 25 to December 2. Five formidable teams will vie for the coveted title, promising a week of intense competition. Join the Union Day race at The Track Meydan Golf on December 3 for a patriotic experience.
Dubai’s vibrant and diverse offerings during this special occasion beckon you to partake in the festivities, creating cherished moments with family and friends. Whether it’s the dazzling displays, indulging in culinary delights, exploring cultural treasures, or cheering for your favorite sports teams, Dubai welcomes you to celebrate the 52nd UAE National Day in style and joy. Plan your visit now for an experience that combines tradition, innovation, and the warm hospitality that defines this remarkable city.