Text by Noni Edwards | Photos and video by Stefan Lindeque, and BurJuman
The crowning glory of BurJuman’s festive displays is the 8.4-metre-tall Camel Pyramid in the Level 1 Main Atrium. This unique first-of-its-kind construction is an innovative tribute to the UAE Spirit of the Union. Plush soft-toy camels adorn the two-storey structure in the colours of the UAE flag: black, red, green and white.
The 8.4-metre Camel Pyramid is the first of its kind
Eleanora Barreto and her daughter, Freya, thought the Camel Tree was beautiful. “I've just come for the day to spend some time with her because she was getting bored at home,” said Barreto, who was visiting the mall for some quality time with her daughter. “I’ve taken the day off to be with her.”
They were among a host of visitors who have been posting selfies at the family destination since the installation went up last week.
Anyone who takes a selfie photo with the National Day camels could win a camel of their very own in the Snap, Share and Win contest. Just post it on Instagram with the hashtag #BurJumanCamels from now until December 3.
UAE resident Arisha Sharma, aged five, says the red camels are her favourite. She enjoyed playing around the tree with other children.
It's home to 1,000 camel soft toys
Kids love trying to count the camels, giving parents a bit of well-deserved downtime in their busy shopping day. (Hint: There are actually 1,000 soft toys in the tree, but we think they’ll probably get excited by one of the other displays before they get that far.)
For other picture opportunities, how about the BURJUMAN letters? There are two sets to compare this year – check out which provides the better backdrop for you to strike a pose.
Snap a wide-angle selfie with all the BurJuman letters...
... or go narrow with just one
Or there’s the bedazzled BurJuman Beetle, decked out in UAE colours and National Day stickers as a tribute to the passion and energy Dubai’s motorists put into their festive decorations. Barreto says while she doesn’t decorate her own car, seeing the other motorists’ efforts around the city is a National Day highlight for her family. “We usually go for a drive on Jumeirah Road to see the different cars that pass by.”
BurJuman's National Day Beetle
Over the National Day long weekend from November 29 to December 3, there will be a traditional tent serving up authentic Emirati experiences to tourists and residents alike at BurJuman.
From 5pm to 10pm every day you can sample dates with Arabian coffee, or try the traditional art of henna painting.
Each of the mall’s information desks will be handing out UAE flags so everyone can share the fun and take a souvenir of the celebration home with them.
BurJuman's getting into the National Day spirit
“On the 46th National Day of the UAE, we are incredibly proud to celebrate this significant occasion with our customers,” says BurJuman Management. “We extend our warmest thanks and praise to the UAE Government as it continues to guide and inspire this great nation.”
BurJuman has a proud 25-year history, as one of Dubai’s first shopping malls, located in the heart of the Bur Dubai heritage area. It was relaunched last year to offer a wide range of new high-street stores, eateries and family entertainment outlets. As they do each year, many restaurants at the mall will be offering National Day menu options.