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Dubai: The official Union Day ceremony was held at Expo City Dubai, showcasing the UAE's remarkable journey and its vision for a sustainable future. The ceremony was broadcast live on all local TV channels, as well as on the official Union Day website -

The ceremony featured a variety of performances, including traditional Emirati music and dance, as well as performances by international artists.

The ceremony highlighted the UAE's achievements in various sectors, including renewable energy, innovation, and environmental protection. It also showcased the UAE's rich culture and heritage.

UAE Rulers join COP28 guests to mark Union Day

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, along with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the Members of the Federal Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates, witnessed the celebration of the 52nd Union Day held at Expo City Dubai

On his X account, Sheikh Mohamed said: “Together with my brothers, the Rulers of the Emirates, and esteemed guests of the UAE, I had the pleasure of attending the 52nd Union Day celebrations, titled ‘A journey towards a sustainable tomorrow.’ As a nation we will continue to commemorate our heritage, take pride in our identity and strive for a just, prosperous and sustainable future for all.”

The event was also attended by the Crown Princes and several guests attending the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28).

The Union Day ceremony was a spectacular celebration of the nation's rich heritage and its unwavering commitment to sustainability. The ceremony featured captivating performances and Sadu weaving, an intricate Emirati textile tradition, that beautifully depicted the UAE's sustainability journey.

Sadu Weaving: A symbol of sustainability

Sadu, a traditional form of weaving practiced by Emirati women, played a central role in the ceremony's narrative. The intricate patterns and designs of Sadu textiles were handwoven by Emirati artisans from the 'House of Artisans,' an initiative of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi. Sadu's deep-rooted connection to Emirati culture and its emphasis on sustainability resonated with the ceremony's theme, highlighting the UAE's harmonious relationship with its environment.

A celebration of unity and resilience

The ceremony also served as a testament to the UAE's unity and resilience, as it showcased the nation's remarkable progress over the past five decades. The performance, accompanied by a live orchestral performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Emirati musicians, took audiences on a journey through the UAE's history, highlighting the visionary leadership of its founding fathers and the unwavering determination of its people.

Embarking on a sustainable future

The ceremony not only celebrated the nation's past but also looked towards its sustainable future. The performance featured scenes that emphasized the UAE's commitment to climate adaptation, innovation, and collective action in addressing global climate challenges. The ceremony also recognized the inspiring youth of the UAE, who are spearheading innovative solutions to environmental issues.

A sustainable spectacle

The ceremony itself was a testament to the UAE's commitment to sustainability. Meticulously designed props simulated the light effects of fireworks, emphasizing the sustainable design and focus of the event. The use of eco-friendly materials and practices throughout the ceremony demonstrated the UAE's dedication to environmental stewardship.

The UAE's 52nd Union Day ceremony was a resounding success, showcasing the nation's rich heritage, unwavering commitment to sustainability, and its bright future. The ceremony's captivating performances, particularly the Sadu weaving, served as a reminder of the UAE's deep-rooted connection to its environment and its dedication to preserving its natural beauty for generations to come.

Public ceremony at Expo City Dubai

From December 5 to 12, the public is invited to attend the ceremony at Expo City Dubai and immerse themselves in a spectacular display of performances, exhibitions, and interactive experiences. The event will showcase the UAE's sustainability journey and its vision for a sustainable future, while also honoring the country's rich cultural heritage and traditions.

The 52nd Union Day show will run for eight consecutive days from December 5 to 12 at Expo City’s Jubilee Park in Dubai.

Tickets can be purchased via the official UAE Union Day website (

A bridge between tradition and technology

The ceremony will weave together the UAE's past, present, and future, creating a harmonious blend of tradition and technology. Visitors will witness captivating performances that depict the roots of Emirati culture and heritage, while also exploring the country's innovative approach to sustainability.

52nd UAE Union Day

A celebration of unity and progress

The 52nd UAE Union Day Ceremony is a celebration of unity, progress, and resilience. It is a testament to the UAE's unwavering spirit and its commitment to shaping a brighter future for all. Join the nation in commemorating this momentous occasion and experience the magic of the UAE's journey.