National Day of UAE
Dec 2 is the national day of the United Arab Emirates. Most of the offices are closed from 1st to 3rd December and special events and colorful ceremonies are held all over the country.
Events on National day in Dubai
DECEMBER 1, SATURDAY
Blue Marlin Ibiza: Unite as One, a National Day fiesta featuring Michelle Weeks and Ultra Nate alongside resident DJs Frederick Stone, Jean B, Jixo and Danz and Kaytek, at Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel And Resort, Ghantoot. Call 050-1422800.
Global Village: Concert featuring Diana Haddad, Ali Al Katheeri and Ali Al Naqbi. Doors open from 4pm, concerts from 8pm. Call 04-3624114.|
Dubai Festival City: Spirit of the Union celebrations from 6pm, with performances and fireworks.
Dubai Festival City: UAE coins car, covered in multicurrency coins will be on display, balloon drop on Dec 1 at 9.20pm. Emirati cultural tents from 4pm, Al Sharq Orchestra performances from 7pm, Harbia, Khaleeji and youla dance performances from 9pm, performances continue until midnight on both days.
Corniche Beachfront and Madinat Zayed Cultural Centre, Al Gharbia: Fireworks displays to mark the UAE’s 41st National Day, on December 1 and 2, synchronised 10-minute shows to National Day music from 8.30pm.
Sharjah City Centre: Roaming traditional dance troupe playing National Day-themed music (also Sunday); traditional Emirati food bazaar complete with live cooking stations and a National Day-themed photo exhibition on display from December 1-15.
DECEMBER 2, SUNDAY
Arabian Center: Traditional entertainment and giveaways, yola dances, free henna for women and a falcon display. A digital canvas will be displayed in the mall where customers can draw their wish, worth up to Dh5,000.
Global Village: National Day concert featuring Ali Al Katheeri, Ali Al Naqbi
and Fadhel Al Mazrouei and raffle to win a Chevrolet Camaro 2013. Doors open
from 4pm, concerts from 8pm; Call 04-3624114.|
Al Nasr Leisureland: Ice show featuring junior skaters supported by Ice Stars Skating Club. Show at 6.30pm, free entry. Call 050-5594589.
Mirdif City Centre: Flash mob performance at 5pm, national anthem playing at 7pm, a march by the Dubai Customs inspectors and surprise grand finale event.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates: Freej Folklore, a blend of dance, music, animation and stage performance. English show at 3pm, Arabic at 6pm, free entry. Call 04-3414777.
Jumeriah Beach Road: National Day motor parade organised by the Community Development Authority at 3pm between Union House in Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Residence with Ferrari, Corvette, Harley Davidson and classic car clubs.
Dubai Festival City: Ahlan Bollywood featuring Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Zarine Khan and Sophie Choudhry. Tickets Dh180, Dh300, Dh500, Dh1,500 and Dh4,000. Call 04-4515222 / 050-7676922 or log onto creativehubevents.com
Magic Planet: Freej Characters to celebrate UAE National Day showcasing local
customs and heritage of the UAE. Timings: Mall of the Emirates from 5-6pm,
Mirdif City Centre from 7-8pm, Deira City Centre from 9-10pm, Sharjah City
Centre from 3-4pm, Ajman City Centre from 5.30-6.30pm and Fujairah City Centre
Downtown Dubai: National Day parade, - 5pm, along Emaar Boulevard, with traditional and international floats, live entertainment, heritage and cultural activities.