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Dubai reveals events line-up for UAE National Day

Dubai reveals events line-up for UAE National Day

The UAE has announced that December 1- 3 will be observed as public holidays to mark Commemoration Day and National Day

Dubai has revealed plans for a series of events and activities to celebrate the UAE’s 48th National Day, including concerts, fireworks and traditional shows.

The UAE has announced that December 1- 3 will be observed as public holidays to mark Commemoration Day and National Day.

The events are being organised throughout the city in partnership with the private sector, said Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE).

Tickets for some of the events can be bought through Dubai Calendar’s website and app’s purchasing platform.


Live free-to-attend performances will be by stars including Balqees, Hussain Al Jassmi, Hamad Al Amri, Eida Al Menhali and Mohamed Al Shehhi along with Kuwaiti star Essa Al Marzouq at La Mer, Al Seef and Global Village.

La Mer:

November 29: Eida Al Menhali at 9pm
December 1: Balqees and Essa Al Marzouq at 9pm
December 2: Hussain Al Jassmi at 9pm

Al Seef:

December 6: Mohamed Al Shehhi at 9pm

Global Village:

December 2: Hamad Al Amri at 9pm


Fireworks displays will be held by the DFRE at several locations.

December 1 and 2

Al Seef – 8pm

La Mer – 8.30pm

The Beach – 9pm

December 2

The Pointe – 8pm

Global Village – 9pm

Shows and attractions

Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, December 1-3

Burj Khalifa will stage a special LED light show and The Dubai Fountain will be host special shows daily at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

Dubai Festival City Mall, December 2

A specially curated Imagine show titled ‘Faces of the Nation’ will celebrate the Year of Tolerance by highlighting people from varying cultures and religions who live in the UAE. The campaign has invited people to share their pictures at the mall and online.

Two shows will be held at 8pm and 10pm and each show will be followed by fireworks.

Traditional Ayala dance performances will also be held at Festival Bay from 2pm onwards.

The Dubai Mall, November 30- December 2

Under the theme “Legacy of our Ancestors”, Dubai Mall will have activations such as flags, scarves and magnet pin giveaways throughout the three days of the event, as well as a performance by a traditional band on December 2.

Bluewaters, La Mer, Al Seef, Box Park, City Walk, The Beach, Last Exit and The Outlet Village, November 29- December 2

Developer Meraas has planned a host of activities for families including arts and crafts, face painting and Arabic clay pot painting.

Etihad Museum, until December 31

The UAE’s legacy is displayed in photographs at the new Founding Fathers exhibition at Etihad Museum. Organised by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the exhibition chronicles the country’s past and its evolution, commemorating the key moments that led to the Union’s establishment in December 1971.

Traditional performances

Traditional bands from the UAE featuring dances like Ayala, Razfa and Liwa will be held at the following locations:

Dubai International Dubai Airport and Al Maktoum International airport: December1 -2

The Dubai Mall: December 2

Nakheel Mall: November 29, December 1 and 2

City Walk, The Outlet Village, Box Park, City Centre Midrif City Centre Deira, Mall Of Emirates and Dubai Festival City: November 29, December 1- 3

(There will be no performances on November 30 due to Commemoration Day)

Super sports run, Meydan, November 29

The ongoing 10 Miler season returns as a special National Day edition, with the second of five races. Participants can select from 3k, 5k, 10k or 10 miles (16k) distances. For the special edition, runners are encouraged to pin the UAE flag to their running gear.


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