UAE National Day Activities in Abu Dhabi

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UAE is eagerly waiting for December 2, the day when they celebrate the UAE National Day. This year, it is the 48th National Day and all the emirates have come up with elaborate plans to celebrate the day. With the days from December 1 to 3 declared as a national holiday from both the public and private sectors, all people will be enjoying a long weekend.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, would without a doubt have many events and activities in store for celebrating the UAE National Day. If you are residing in Abu Dhabi and searching for the fun activities and cultural events during the UAE National Day in Abu Dhabi, you have come to the right place. Let us take a look:

1. Fireworks

During the National Day celebrations and the most awaited event would be the fireworks display. The awesome display of the dazzling fireworks must be watched by everyone as it is a sight you can find nowhere else. The patriotic spirit the residents get while watching the fireworks display is a feeling they get nowhere else. If you are a tourist make sure that you watch the fireworks display. The fireworks display during the UAE National Day Celebrations in Abu Dhabi will be held at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Yas Island will also be a popular destination to catch many activities.

Location – Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Date – 2 December

2. Legacy of our Ancestors

No other day would be as perfect as the National Day to remember the past and the people who helped build the nation. The Legacy of our Ancestors is the official celebration during the 48th UAE National Day. The Legacy of our Ancestors uses spectacular visual and audio effects to showcase the past and the stories from the history of the UAE. The other highlights of this event are a special soundtrack composed by internationally famed musicians and composers and live performances. This event will take place in the Zayed Sports City Stadium. There will be a 10000 sqm stage, 22 screens and 2500 LED lights adding to the spectacle. This event is the first of its kind and a must-watch.

Location – Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date and Time – 2 December, from 04:00 PM onwards

Ticket Price – AED 60 per person (Regular). AED 50 per person (Group of four or more)

3. Celebrations at Yas Marina Circuit

Apart from the fireworks, there are also a whole load of fun-filled activities that the whole family can take part in. The events and activities at the Yas Marina Circuit during the UAE National Day Celebrations in Abu Dhabi will include heritage displays, street performances and vintage car shows. You can also relish the food items you can buy at the food truck or indulge in some shopping at the market stalls.

Location – Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Date and Time – 2 December, from 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Ticket Price – Free

4. Celebrations at Yas Mall

Considered as the best mall in Abu Dhabi, the Yas Mall will be hosting quite a few exciting events during the 48th UAE National Day Celebrations. One can witness traditional performances which showcase the rich history and heritage of the UAE. There will be plenty of themed giveaway for the visitors and the performances of the Ayala dancers must not be missed. The dates and traditional Arabic coffee will help the visitors have a different taste of UAE culture.

Location – Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Date and Time – 1 to 3 December, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Ticket Price – Free

5. Events at Ferrari World

Ferrari World is one of the most popular and thrilling theme parks in the UAE. It is also another place that hosts UAE National Day Celebrations. You can ride the world’s fastest roller coaster and also enjoy the traditional Khaleeji and Ayala dances. The themed decorations will add to the spirit of the celebrations.

Location – Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Date and Time – 2 December, from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Ticket Price – Starts at AED 295 per person 

6. Water Battle

Ready to indulge in some fun activity? The Water Battle can help you enjoy a wet and fun-filled National Day. The event is the annual water battle where two teams will compete against each other to try and eliminate the other. The weapons used are water guns. Only the early birds will be able to get their hands on a water pistol so make sure that you are one among the first to reach the event location.

Location – Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Date and Time – 2 December, from 11:48 AM onwards

Ticket Price – Starts at AED 250 per person 

These are some of the events and activities the residents and the tourists in Abu Dhabi can witness and take part in during the 48th UAE National Day Celebrations. So, make sure that you enjoy your long weekend understanding and marvelling at the rich history, culture and heritage of the UAE.