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Spectacular shows for Dubai residents

Thousands pack several locations throughout the emirate to take part in traditional dances and other activities

  • By Dina Aboul Hosn, Aya Lowe and Shveta Pathak, Staff Reporters
  • Published: 00:00 December 3, 2011
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: 40th National Day
  • An intriguing show of traditional dances and music was organised for the celebrations marking the 40th year of the founding of the UAE.

Dubai: The skies over part of Dubai were illuminated as hundreds of lanterns were released at Meydan to mark the 40th National Day celebrations.

People cheered as celebrations went on at the Racecourse which included a parade of hot air balloons.

A spectacular show of traditional dances and music was organised for the celebrations marking the 40th year of the founding of the UAE.

Residents and tourists also flocked to the Dubai Heritage Village yesterday to watch the celebrations.

Just before sunset, 14,600 balloons representing the number of days since the UAE was formed, were released and they floated off into the pink sky as hundreds of spectators watched.

The creekside came alive for the second day of the National Day festivities. A mini amphitheatre was set up to host performances of traditional songs and dance.


During the day thousands of people were treated to a number of activities at the Dubai Heritage and Diving Village, including a fine art exhibition by the Emirates Fine Arts Association, a traditional souq and a handicraft market.

Visitors also got a chance to get a taste of traditional food and enjoy henna painting, take photographs of themselves in traditional attire and enjoy a falcon display, horse riding, and other activities.

In the evening, visitors were treated to a show about the UAE's history with a sound and light show that was displayed on the sails of a dhow sailing up and down the creek. The grand finale was a display of breathtaking fireworks across the Creek.

Dubai fountain

As a special tribute to mark the 40th National Day, the Dubai Fountain danced to the music of the UAE National Anthem. Parks

Residents took advantage of the long weekend and headed to the parks for a day of relaxation and barbecues. Elsewhere in New Dubai, the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) witnessed an unprecedented crowd yesterday to watch a Ferrari parade with 68 participating cars started off from the Union House at 10am to reach The Walk.

The route was through the Jumeirah Beach Road, Al Sufouh and then across the bridge near the Grosvenor house to The Walk.

The Dubai Municipality staff joined in the celebrations as Director General Hussain Nasser Lootah released unity balloons.

A photo exhibition, Our Golden Past, was also put up by the municipality staff.

Live music

Meanwhile, Dubai's Community Development Authority held an all-day celebration with live music and dance shows from a traditional Emirati band, a Russian band, an Indian band and others.

Visitors took part in a cultural competition about the UAE history, geography and society and got to answer questions, win prizes and learn interesting facts about the country.

A board was dedicated to visitors who wished to express their sentiments on the occasion of the National Day, and hundreds wrote about their love and appreciation of the UAE and their wishes on the anniversary.

— With inputs by Mahmood Saberi, Senior Reporter

Comments (4)

  1. Added 15:40 December 3, 2011

    Wish all Sucess to UAE!!!! no doubt when the country celebrates its 50th year of independence 10 years from now the nation will be one of the top nations in the World..... God Bless

    Senthil, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:47 December 3, 2011

    I have been living in dubai for almost 10 yrs,.I just love this country, its home away from home. The leaders have done a remarkable job in making this country for what it is today-''The Best''. My heartiest congratulations to everyone. My best wishes and prayers are always with U.A.E.

    nimrah, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:27 December 3, 2011

    [happy national day] to all who is seeing this message

    syeda, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:26 December 3, 2011

    its good to see this our counrty has got 40 yrs completed [ happy national day] to all of you who is reading this

    syeda, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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