The UAE is all set to celebrate its 48th National Day. Also known as Union Day, National Day falls on December 2. The day is all about commemorating the formal nationalisation of the seven emirates which constitute the UAE in 1971.
For celebrating the UAE National Day in all its pomp and glory, all the seven emirates have planned a list of exciting events and activities. Now, are you a resident of Dubai and searching for details on the various activities planned by the authorities? Then you are in the right place.
1. When is the UAE National Day?
The UAE National Day is celebrated on December 2. Holidays have been declared from December 1 to 3 for both the public and private sectors, thereby providing you with a chance to celebrate and enjoy a fun-filled long weekend.
What are the Major Highlights of National Day Celebration in Dubai?
Dubai is indeed one of the most important emirates in the UAE and a city full of life and vibrancy. The UAE National Day celebrations at Dubai can help you witness the best of the Emirati culture. Some of the highlights of the celebrations include parades, fireworks display and traditional dances, among many other activities. These events and activities help each child and adult to develop a patriotic spirit and understand the rich culture and traditions of the UAE. Here are the various events and activities happening during the UAE National Day in Dubai:
2. Firework Displays and Parades
What people wait for the most to witness during the UAE National Day celebrations is the fireworks display. In 2019, there are spectacular fireworks you can watch and also parades. The popular locations where you can watch the fireworks are given below:
- Al Seef – 1 and 2 December at 08:00 PM
- La Mer – 1 and 2 December at 08:30 PM
- The Beach at JBR – 1 and 2 December at 09:00 PM
- The Pointe – 2 December at 08:00 PM
- Global Village – 2 December at 08:00 PM
- Dubai Festival City – 2 December at 08:00 PM and 10 PM at Festival Bay
3. Cultural Programs
Various cultural programs are another much-anticipated event by the residents of Dubai as part of the UAE National Day Celebrations. The various cultural programs will be held at the many malls scattered around the city, along with the other popular shopping and dining destinations. As a part of this event, you can find traditional Arabic music being played by Emirati musicians. You can also find the cultural band roaming the halls in pace with their rhythmic beats. If you wish to pamper the shopaholic in you, you can take part in the National Day Sale at these malls. There will be a whole lot of UAE themed cultural events taking place.
The dances and other cultural programs will take place from November 29 to December 3. The activities will start at 03:00 PM and run on till 09:00 PM. If you wish to be a part of the Ayala, Liwa and Razfa performances that are free to attend, then here are the places that host the events:
- Mall of the Emirates
- Box Park
- The Dubai Mall
- Dubai Festival City
- City Centre Mirdiff
- City Centre Deira
- The Outlet Village
- City Walk
4. UAE Themed Laser Show
Who doesn’t like a Laser Show? And if it is about our own country, then the patriotic spirit will rise up and hit the skies. The laser show will be at the Dubai Festival City. With the IMAGINE show, you can witness the waters of Festival Bay reflecting the colors of UAE flag.
- Location – Dubai Festival City
- Date and Time – 2 December 2019, 08:00 PM and 10:00 PM
- Price – Free
5. Burj Khalifa Light Show
The Bur Khalifa light show is one of the most famous events in Dubai. One of the major attractions of the 48th UAE National Day will be the hosting and amazing display of the nation’s flag colours. The Dubai Fountains will also dance to the national anthem and other popular Arabic songs.
- Location – Burj Khalifa and the Dancing Fountain at Downtown Dubai
- Date – 1 to 3 December
- Price – Free
6. Kids Activities
Kids can be a part of many UAE National Day activities. Here are the various activities:
- Kids Party – The kids can engage in various games and other activities at the Le Petit Palais. Not just kids, but the whole family can have fun here.
Location – Le Petit Palais, Dubai Mall
Date and Time – 28 November, 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Price – AED 105 per child
- Music – Kids can enjoy music and dance at the Kid’s Gym straight for 2 hours at the Beach Park Plaza Centre in Jumeirah. There are also special treats and gifts for the young ones.
Location – Beach Park Plaza Centre, Beach Road, Jumeirah
Date and Time – 1 to 3 December
Price – AED 48 per child for 2 hours
These are some of the UAE National Day Events and Activities that would be held in Dubai. There are also a lot many other activities you can indulge in. Make sure you celebrate the National Day in its true spirit and sense.