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Dubai: There isn't much else that beats watching firework displays over the city of Dubai. This year, the UAE is gearing up to celebrate its 49th National Day with a three-day holiday and five-day-long weekend with plenty of things to do and celebrations across the country.

This year, events will look slightly different, with smaller crowds and social distancing measures in place.

Here's where and how you can watch the UAE National Day Fireworks in Dubai.

Dubai Festival City Mall

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The Creekside location will be hosting a magical firework display and an Arabic-themed ‘Imagine’ water and laser show. There will be two fireworks shows. One at 9pm and one at 11pm. Retailers participating in the celebration include Al Fanar, Chilli’s, Peppermill, Famous Dave’s, Five Guys, Nandos, Semsom, Turkish Village, Joe’s Crab Shack and the Intercontinental Hotel, all of which have great views of the show. Due to the exceptional circumstances this year, visitors will be required to pre-book at the restaurants to enjoy the fireworks. Outdoor access to the Festival Bay will be temporarily closed with no access for walk-in diners to ensure social distancing is being maintained and visitors are able to enjoy in a safe environment.

Other activities taking place across the mall including traditional Ayala dance performances and markets across the mall, as well as a historical-themed experience zone for families to interact and explore traditions of UAE culture to celebrate National Day, located in Festival Square.

Location: Dubai Festival City Mall, Promenade. Cost: You have to dine at a participating restaurant to enjoy the show. When:  December 2 from 9pm onward

Global Village


You can always count on Global Village to go all out for UAE National Day. This year there will be firework shows from December 2 until Friday, December 4. The spectacular musical firework displays will paint the skies above in the colours of the UAE flag every night at 9pm. Additionally, each of the entrance gates will be lit in vibrant red, green, white, and black to pay homage to this auspicious occasion. The firework show will be followed by a classic performance by Ornina, National Operetta: Emarat, Land of Peace. This beautiful stage show celebrates the history of the UAE, featuring milestones like the Declaration of the Union as well as the Mars Hope Probe mission launch.

Location: Global Village, Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. Cost: Dh15 for entry. When: December 2 to 4 from 9pm onward