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As the UAE gears up to commemorate its 52nd Union Day, Dubai offers an array of free and exciting events for residents and visitors alike.

Escape the Urban bustle: Head to the beach

If you want to make the most of the cooler weather for free while also taking advantage of the amazing views head to the beaches of Dubai. Pack your picnic basket and then find a cozy spot along the sandy shoreline. From family-friendly activities and delicious food outlets to thrilling adventure sports, Dubai beaches have it all.

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Al Khawaneej Walk: A Weekend of Cultural Celebration

Al Khawaneej Walk invites everyone to the December 1 - 3 celebration, promising a joy-filled weekend. The event will showcase a variety of cultural and folkloric activities, including performances by UAE folkloric bands, Ayala and Harbiya, an Emirati hospitality tent offering coffee and dates, falcon shows, henna artistry, kids' activities, a UAE Parade, and exclusive retail, dining, and leisure offers.

Date: December 1 to 3. Time: From 4pm onwards.

Al Seef along Dubai Creek: Cultural Immersion and Traditional Crafts

Head to Al Seef along the banks of Dubai Creek for a cultural immersion experience. Enjoy henna artistry, falconry displays, and traditional crafts like basket-making and weaving. The location will feature Emirati treats such as Arabic coffee and luqaimat, providing a delightful blend of tradition and authenticity.

Date: December 2 and 3, Time: From 4pm onwards.

Bluewaters: Embrace Local Heritage

Bluewaters will host a celebration centred around Union Day, featuring traditional bands like Harbia, Lewa, and Nadba performances and showcases on handicrafts and henna designs.

Date: December 1 to 3, Time: From 5pm onwards.

JBR’s Promenade: Traditional Acts and Family-Friendly Flicks

JBR’s promenade on Union Day will showcase traditional roaming acts, including Harbia and Nadba performances, along with traditional handicrafts and henna designs.

Date: December 1 to 3, Time: From 5pm onwards.