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National Day celebrations: What’s happening where

Be part of the festivities as the UAE marks its 45th anniversary. Here's a list of what's happening

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Catch the fireworks at The Beach, JBR, Dubai and Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, among other venues


Watch the UAE night skies light up with spectacular fireworks in a magical display of pattern, colour and sound.

When: December 2, 8.30pm

Where: The Beach, JBR, Dubai

When: December 1-2, 9pm

Where: Global Village, Dubai

When: December 2-3, 8.30pm

Where: Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi

When: December 2, 10.30pm

Where: Al Qasba, Sharjah

When: December 2-3

Where: Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi


Arabic concerts

Five stars, five malls. Mohammad Al Shehhi at City Centre Mirdif, Mohammad Al Menhali at Mall of the Emirates, Shamma Hamdan at Dubai Festival City, Hamad Al Amri at Ibn Battuta Mall and Faisal Al Jasem at The Beach Mall.

When: December 1, 8pm


Al Ghadeer UAE craft

Bedouin craftswomen showcase their crafts and sell items made of intricate ‘talli’ embroidery and ‘sadu’ weaving.

When: Until December 4

Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Call: 056-123 4077


Sports festival

Car stunt, Liwa Fat Bike Challenge, and the second round of freestyle drift season for 4X4 cars.

When: December 1-2

Where: Moreeb Dune - Liwa, 
Al Gharbia

Call: 02-884 0400


Wafi Mall

A performance of well-known music compositions by Dubai Police band, culinary showcase and a family-friendly mix of entertainment celebrating the local culture.

When: December 1-2

Where: Wafi Mall, Dubai

Call: 04-324 4555


Shaikh Zayed Heritage Festival

Display of the UAE’s cultural heritage and traditions and Emirati folk arts.

When: December 1-January 1

Where: Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi

Call: 800 555


Yas Mall beckons

Family walkathon, Ayallah traditional dance, falconry, face painting and henna art.

When: December 1-7, 10am

Where: Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi

Call: 02-414 6401


Dalma Mall

Photography at Emirati tent with traditional accessories, clothes and artifacts, food, henna art.

When: December 2-4, 4pm

Where: Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi

Call: 02 550 9555


Al Maryah Island

Ayallah and Yola dance, traditional drum show, National Day parade and a police marchpast at the waterfront promenade.

When: December 2-3, 3pm

Where: Al Maryah Island, 
Abu Dhabi


Yas Island

Live music, henna, falconry, face painting, inflatable amusement rides, human claw, Harbya dance, Arabic calligraphy, art and crafts section for children.

When: December 2, 2pm

Where: Yas Marina Circuit, 
Abu Dhabi

Call: 02-659 9999


Emirates Palace

Video mapping, fireworks and party by the beach for guests.

When: December 2-3

Where: Emirates Palace, 
Abu Dhabi

Tickets: Dh200 (includes food and selected beverages)

Call: 02-690 9000


Marina Mall

Sand art and shadow show.

When: December 3-5

Where: Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi

Call: 800 6623


Hekayah The Story

The second annual multiple-artist celebration of heritage in poetry, prose and song featuring genres ranging from Nabati poetry to spoken word to hip-hop.

When: December 5, 7pm

Where: New York University 
Abu Dhabi

Call: 02-628 4000


Yas Waterworld

Decked with UAE flags and Spirit of the Union decorations, the leading family leisure destination will treat its visitors to the very best of local hospitality and culture.

When: December 2

Where: Yas Waterworld, 
Abu Dhabi

Call: 02-414 2000


Meataan Festival

Marine show, falconry, folklore music, police team K9 show, national anthem singing competition, and costume competition.

When: Until December 3

Where: Al Bateen Beach, 
Abu Dhabi

Call: 02-444 0444


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