December 2 marks the celebrations of UAE National Day (Yawm al watani). In Dubai, there are plenty of events to attend and places to visit to celebration UAE National Day.
Events and places to celebrate UAE National Day in Dubai.
National Day Fireworks: On the eve of National Day, the sky will light up with fireworks at The Beach from 8:30pm. For those of you who plan to celebrate into the late night, join the exclusive party at Dubai World Trade Centre at 9:30pm, where international star DJ Ti?sto will perform live in an audio-visual, electronic dance music spectacular.
National Day Carnival: A colourful event featuring roaming artists, entertainment shows, souq, parades and educational activities to celebrate National Day.
Location: November 29 – December 4, CITY WALK
National Day Concerts: Local and regional music icons will perform live at various free-to-attend concerts to celebrate National Day. Top Arab music superstar Hussain Al Jasmi, Balqees and other artists will be in action at Burj Park on December 2 at concerts sponsored by Emaar Properties. On the same day, the renowned singers Abdulla Bel Khair and Aryam will perform at Dragon Mart 2 while highly popular regional singers Mohammed Menhali & Walid Ibrahim will perform at Global Village.
In a separate series of Emirati Young Artists Concerts, families visiting malls can enjoy melodious hits from UAE stars including: Mohammed Al Shehhi (1 Dec, City Centre Mirdif); Shamma Hamdan (1 Dec – Dubai Festival City Mall); Mohamed Al Menhali (1 Dec, Mall of the Emirates), Faisal Al Jasem (1 Dec – THE BEACH) and Hamad Al Amri (1 Dec, Ibn Battuta Mall).
National Day Sales: For those of you who plan to avoid last minute shopping this gift-giving month, shopping malls will have special National Day sales featuring 60%-90% off across the city.
The National Day Super Sale is a new retail initiative launched on the joyous occasion of the country’s 45th National Day. The sale will feature participating malls and retail outlets offering shoppers mega discounts of between 30 to 90 per cent on selected items from a range of home-grown and international brands, featuring a diverse range of merchandise. For more information, visit www.nationaldaysale.com
City Centre Deira, City Centre Me’aisem and City Centre Shindagha, three malls of the Majid Al Futtaim Properties, will run fabulous promotions to celebrate National Day.
At City Centre Deira, from November 24 to December 3, everyone is a winner, as visitors can shop and win instant prizes. A special customised vending machine allows shoppers to withdraw gift cards and vouchers and will also allow them to take a National Day themed selfie that will be printed and also posted on social media.
From December 1-4, shoppers spending Dh200 at City Centre Me’aisem and Dh150 at City Centre Shindagha have the chance to win two iPhone 7 at raffle draws every day.
National Day celebrations in malls across Dubai December 1-3
Traditional Bands (UAE & GCC): Traditional bands from the UAE and other GCC countries will perform in malls across Dubai, highlighting one of the vibrant aspects of the region’s rich heritage. The bands will stage traditional song-and-dance performances at Dubai Festival City Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart 2, THE BEACH, BOXPARK, CITY WALK and Outlet Village.
Dubai Festival City Mall: Visitors to Dubai Festival City Mall can experience the UAE heritage through activities that will give an insight into falconry, and a UAE 45th National Day Special Projection Show and Ben 10 show for the young visitors to enjoy.
Mall of the Emirates: National Day excitement is in store for shoppers at Mall of the Emirates with special activities aimed at spreading the sense of national pride and joy such as The Unity Stand from 25 Nov – 3 Dec. At this activation, shoppers can participate in constructing a massive unique monument and have their names instantly engraved on small blocks with colours of the UAE flag and then place it on the wall as a symbol of unity and togetherness. Other activities at Mall of the Emirates include The Desert Tale, a stage show that will focus on Dubai and UAE’s history and culture, ‘Speed Painter Artist’ and ‘Iconic Arabic Statues’.
Mercato: Mercato has drawn up an exciting programme of activities for shoppers, families and children including story-telling, children’s interactive workshops, creating a mosaic of a giant UAE flag, Bubble Show and the National Day Cake Cutting ceremony.
Other attractions of UAE National Day
– Global Village will host an exciting array of festivities to mark the UAE National Day. In addition to a live concert by renowned regional singers Mohammed Menhali & Walid Ibrahim on December 2, Global Village activities include the “Emirate: Land of Peace” operetta from December 1 to 6, the Shabiaat Cartoon with Globo Show from December 2 to 6 and cultural bands performing traditional dances.
– From December 2 to 3, Riverland Dubai of Dubai Parks and Resorts will host traditional activities including heritage village featuring a Majlis and serving of Arabic coffee to visitors, henna designing and display of falcons.