A fan supporting the UAE is pictured at the Dubai Rugby Sevens on Friday, one day after UAE National Day. Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News

This year’s UAE National Day will see the nation celebrating their landmark 40th anniversary – and the country is set to enjoy some awesome celebrations1

We’ve picked out some of the must-do events, so you don’t miss the best fireworks displays (1) or the most delicious meals, making sure you get the most out of the holiday weekend.

As with the best of holidays, why not use UAE National Day as a chance to sample some delicious Emirati dishes you may not have yet tried? (2)

And if you have enough room after serving up some delicious treats, why not try some of the yummy National Day sweets that are being created especially in honour of the 40th anniversary? Basically, if it’s not red, green or black we won’t be enjoying it for dessert next weekend! (3)

If you’ve been thinking about treating yourself to a weekend of pampered luxury, where better to head than to one of the most iconic venues in the UAE, the Burj Al Arab? Why not check yourself into a luxury room in the hotel, where the longest UAE flag is being displayed in the lobby to mark this momentous occasion. (4)


The skies of the UAE will be lit up with fireworks all weekend, but to catch the best displays head to the Spirit Of The Union event at Heritage Village, Dubai from 3pm on December 1, where the fireworks will kick off come sundown. If you’re in Abu Dhabi, make a beeline for the Corniche on both December 1 and 2, and watch as fireworks light up the skyline.

2. Head to The Garden at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi and sample the delicious local dish Ouzzi, or Bistro at the Holiday Inn Downtown, Dubai to try the hammour dish, Siyadiye.

3. Confectioners extraordinaire, Hey Sugar, have baked up a National Day treat with cake pops in the traditional UAE colours; and your weekend celebrations won’t be complete without them!

4. The Burj Al Arab is offering UAE nationals and residents 40% off their best available room rate up to December 20. Call 04 301 7600 for more information.