- UAE National Day Holiday
- Programmes and Events
- UAE National Day Fireworks in Dubai
- Family-friendly Activities
The 49th UAE National Day is just around the corner and it’s time to celebrate the tremendous growth of the country we are proud to call home! To commemorate the union of the Trucial States to form the country that we know and love today, there are a number of things happening for National Day 2020 in Dubai. If you still haven’t figured out your plans for the long weekend, we’ve got an exciting lineup of 2020 UAE National Day events in Dubai that will guarantee a fun-filled weekend.
WHEN IS THE UAE NATIONAL DAY?
The UAE National Day, which is along known as the Union Day, is celebrated on 2nd December every year. It commemorates the formal nationalisation of all the seven emirates that took place in 1971. The UAE National Day celebration is one of the biggest annual festivals in Dubai.
With public holidays this year being announced from 1 to 3 December 2020 for both the public and private sectors, the entire country is geared up to celebrate UAE National Day 2020 in style!
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE UAE NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION IN DUBAI?
The UAE National Day offers everyone in the country a chance to celebrate the union of the emirates and experience some of the best aspects of Emirati culture.
To give you an idea of what you can expect when it comes to the UAE National Day celebrations in Dubai, here’s a look at some of the activities that took place at Dubai Design District (d3) previously. These UAE National Day activities in Dubai provide a unique glimpse into the rich traditions of the UAE, where children and adults come together to indulge in the patriotic spirit.
This year, however, owing to the strict precautionary measures against Covid-19, authorities have curtailed all public gatherings during the public holidays. This means, there will be no National Day parades or traditional dances to celebrate the UAE turning 49 – but that doesn’t mean there will be no celebrations at all!
Just like every year, there are several UAE National Day offers and events for you to look forward to.
THINGS TO DO FOR UAE NATIONAL DAY IN DUBAI 2020
There are plenty of things to do for UAE National Day in Dubai this year! Just choose your favourite from the following list of Dubai National Day weekend activities and celebrate the union between the seven emirates that took place on the 2nd of December, 49 years ago.
WATCH LIVE 2020 UAE NATIONAL DAY FIREWORKS IN DUBAI
The UAE National Day fireworks displays are always highly anticipated by the residents of Dubai. This year, as part of the UAE National Day celebrations in Dubai, you can watch the fireworks at the venues mentioned below.
WHERE TO WATCH THE UAE NATIONAL DAY FIREWORKS IN DUBAI?
Top places to watch the UAE National Day fireworks in Dubai.
- Global Village – 2nd December at 08:00 pm
- Dubai Festival City – 2 December at 07:00 pm and 09:30 pm at Festival Bay
- Pointe the Palm – 1st December at 09:00 pm
- La Mer – 2nd December at 09:00 pm and 11:00 pm
While guests are allowed in these locations, it’s important to follow social distancing guidelines. The fireworks event in La Mer for National Day 2020 will be accompanied by live performances on December 2nd from 04:00 pm to 09:00 pm by local celebrities Sara Tarabulsi and Beatbox Ray. These live events will also be happening in La Mer on the 3rd and 4th of December for UAE National Day 2020.
WATCH SEEDS OF UNION
Since residents have been advised to celebrate the National Day virtually, the capital has come up with a spectacular show that will air live across the country on the 49th UAE National Day. Seeds of Union will use digital visuals to portray different themes of Emirati history and culture in the form of a moving sculpture encompassed by the sea.
National Day Activities at Downtown Dubai: Burj Khalifa Light Show
To mark the 49th National Day in Dubai, the city’s most famous landmark will be lit up with a striking display of the UAE flag’s colours! The Dubai Fountains will accompany the Burj Khalifa’s UAE themed light show by swaying to local ballads and music.
- Date: 1 – 3 December 2020
- Location: Burj Khalifa and the Dancing Fountain at Downtown Dubai
- Price: Free
UAE-themed laser show at Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City is also joining in with a list of activities for UAE National Day in Dubai. The highlight of the National Day events at Dubai Festival City will be the two amazing firework displays paired with the world-class IMAGINE extravaganza, where visitors can watch the spectacular display of the colours of the UAE flag across the waters of the Festival Bay.
So, if you are still looking for things to do for National Day in Dubai, make sure to book a table at Nando’s, Al Fanar, Peppermill, Turkish Village, Chili’s, Five Guys, Famous Dave’s, Semsom, or Joe’s Crab Shack in advance!
- Date and time: 2nd December 2020, 07:00 pm and 09:30 pm
- Location: Dubai Festival City
- Price: Free
NATIONAL DAY WEEKEND AT QE2
Looking for more things do for the UAE National Day long weekend in Dubai? The iconic floating hotel, Queen Elizabeth 2 is offering a day-long Arabic feast for all three days of the holiday. Enjoy delicious Arabic treats and drinks with your friends and family to celebrate the UAE turning 49 this year!
- Cost: AED 145 per adult | AED 75 for kids
- Timings: 06:30 pm to 11:00 pm
- Offer validity: Tuesday, 1st December 2020 to Thursday, 3rd December 2020
They’ve also got some of the of the best UAE National Day staycation offers in Dubai.
THINGS TO DO FOR NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS IN GLOBAL VILLAGE
Global Village will also be hosting a range of National Day activities in Dubai to celebrate the occasion. The highlights of their line-up will be a special opera and of course the fireworks display. There will also be special ceremonies and elaborate National Day Parades as part of the celebrations. While celebrating Dubai National Day 2020, make sure to enjoy the expansive spread of entertainment, shopping and food at the Global Village in Dubai.
- Date: 2nd December 2020
- Location: Global Village
- Ticket Price: AED 15 for the entrance ticket to the park
FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO FOR UAE NATIONAL DAY 2020
Another great thing about the UAE National Day celebrations is that many popular retail and dining destinations also take part in the celebrations. Here are some things to do for UAE National Day in Dubai across the popular hotspots in the city.
HEAD OUT TO THE TURKISH STREET BAZAAR AT CITY WALK
Butcha and Babaji restaurants in City Walk have paired up again this year to bring you the How Bazaar 2.0 – a Turkish pop-up market with traditional food and family-friendly activities for UAE National Day in Dubai.
- Date and Time: 1 December to 5 December 2020 | 10:00 am onwards
- Location: City Walk
UAE NATIONAL DAY CUP 2020 AT AL HABTOOR POLO RESORT & CLUB
For those of you who enjoy the outdoors and a good game of polo, one of the best things to do for National Day in Dubai is to watch Polo teams battle it out for the UAE National Day Cup trophy. Bring your friends and family along to enjoy this popular traditional sport in the UAE.
- Date and Time: 4 December 2020 | 02:00 pm onwards
- Location: Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
- Contact: +971-4-436-2222 | email@example.com
AVAIL OF UAE NATIONAL DAY SPECIAL OFFERS AT RESTAURANTS
For foodies, one of the best things to do for National Day in Dubai is to head out to the restaurants offering special National Day deals on meals. Here are some of the deals you can cash in on.
- Deal: Emirati dishes from AED 60 | Emirati Breakfast for AED 125 for two
- Validity: 1 December to 5 December 2020
- Location: City Walk
- Contact: +971-4-590-5455
- Deal: Middle Eastern Brunch from AED 225
- Validity: 1 December to 4 December 2020 | 12:30 pm to 04:00 pm
- Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek – Deira
- Contact: +971-4-205-7033
BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT & SPA
- Deal: UAE National Day-themed meals from AED 385
- Validity: 2 December 2020 | 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
- Location: Al Qudra Road
- Contact: +971-4-809-6194
- Deal: 49 percent off on the menu
- Validity: 2 December 2020
- Location: Tamani Marina Hotel – Dubai Marina
- Contact: +971-4-318-3755
Besides these offers, you can also find special National Day offerings at:
- The Noodle House
- Retro Feasts
- Weslodge Saloon
There you have it! A list of all the things to do for UAE National Day in Dubai. If you are heading down to any of these events, make sure to gear up with loads of UAE flags and dress up in the flag colours to make it even more special. But make sure you wear a mask and maintain safe distance from other people.
As usual, shops such as Daiso, Day 2 Day and even Carrefour will have plenty of budget options for UAE themed decoration. If you want to take it up a notch, you can check out some of the party stores in Al Quoz o get some unique National Day-themed decor.
Are you ready to celebrate the 49th UAE National Day? What’s your favourite way of celebrating National Day in the UAE? Let us know in the comments below!
The capital city, Abu Dhabi also has something epic planned called the ‘Legacy of Our Ancestors’ which will be the main event for UAE National Day 2019. Find out all about this event and more, with this complete list of UAE National Day events in Abu Dhabi.
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