UAE National Day exciting celebration – everything you need to know

UAE National Day

The 2nd of December is observed as UAE National Day each year. This holiday, known as the Spirit of the Union, remembers the union of the seven Emirates into one nation. UAE National Day is a time when residents and visitors come together to celebrate, with magnificent firework displays, extravagant parades, and sparkling festivities.

A common origin

The leaders of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Al-Ain, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain decided to merge as one nation on December 2, 1971. The United Arab Emirates was established under the direction of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country’s first president. Ras Al Khaimah made the decision to join and become the seventh Emirate later in February 1972. Since then, UAE National Day has been observed annually throughout the Gulf country in a frenzy of joyous celebrations.

During the Celebration

On the days leading up to UAE National Day, you can see the national flag’s colors everywhere — on buildings, on streets, on people, and even on cars. Every part of Emirati culture is decorated in various shades of red, white, black, and green, and flags are flown from prominent locations all around the country. UAE National Day is a public holiday that unites friends and family for a day of celebration and reflection.

The local corniche is always the center of activity in each Emirate. Carnival floats decked with Sheikh Zayed effigies and photographs line the waterfront as they are cheered on. Sand sculptures are frequently displayed in temporary outdoor galleries on beaches. Locals and foreigners gather in the street to watch fireworks lighting cities throughout the Emirates as a way to cap off a day of festivities.

The official UAE National Day celebration is an extravagant theatrical production that takes place every year in Abu Dhabi at Zayed Sports City Stadium. A stirring concert featuring rousing performances, motivational talks, and aerobatic displays infused with a spirit of bravery and pride for the country. The legacy of the UAE’s founders and their spirit, which lives on today, serve as the foundation of the immersive event. 

Participate in the Gathering 

If you’re in Dubai, visit the Global Village, where a sizable audience gathers to sing the national anthem on UAE National Day, together with the Dubai Mall where troupes of Ayala dancers perform. The Dubai Fountains feature a performance choreographed to the national anthem, while the Burj Khalifa typically has a fantastic LED show inspired by the UAE flag. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks show with the beautiful Burj Al Arab in the backdrop.

Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi regularly hosts exciting events in addition to the official UAE National Day celebration at Zayed Sports City Stadium. Expect a spectacular fireworks display along with music, auto racing, and a kiddie fair.

Long weekend UAE 2022

The UAE is celebrating its National Day and Commemoration Day with a three-day public holiday for both private and public sector workers. Due to the fact that Sunday, December 4, is a holiday for many workers in the Gulf nation, the announced dates, from Thursday, December 1, to Saturday, December 3, give the majority of UAE residents a four-day holiday.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) announced the most recent public holiday for the private sector on Friday.

The UAE government media office said on social media that work will resume on December 5.

How you can enjoy the long weekend of 2022 in the UAE?

Here are some of the top events, eating specials, and staycations to help you make the most of the long weekend as the UAE celebrates its 51st National Day.

Fireworks in Dubai Festival City Mall

In honor of the United Arab Emirates’ 51 glorious years, Dubai Festival City Mall is preparing the ground for a spectacular celebration. Visitors can anticipate seeing Al Ayala dancers and marching drum bands, as well as getting a free cup of warm Emirati coffee. The IMAGINE show’s magnificent background of lasers, lights, and fountains will be the stage when Emirati singer Fayez Al Saeed performs a 60-minute set. Additionally, the duration of this year’s National Day fireworks display is a breathtaking 4 minutes, 30 seconds, available from December 1 to 5.

Emirates Palace 

Under the dazzling Grand Dome at Emirates Palace, a variety of interesting events will take place, including kid-friendly activities, traditional Al Ayala dancing, photo shoots with the resident falcon, and a breathtaking fireworks display.


Children can embrace their inner sleuths by participating in the “Parkwide Scavenger Hunt” at Legoland Dubai in celebration of UAE National Day. By decoding many hints strewn across the park, their goal is to discover the “hidden phrase.” In addition, popular Legoland characters will appear at the UAE National Day celebrations while decked up in UAE flag garb.

Post Malone

Post Malone, an American singer-songwriter with a diamond certification and a nine-time Grammy Award nominee, will perform a spectacular outdoor concert at Etihad Park to commemorate UAE National Day.

The renowned rapper promises to enthrall the Yas Island audience with an exhilarating performance throughout the Long Weekend UAE 2022. The rapper has sold 95 million singles and 13 million albums in the US alone. Purchases of concert tickets begin at AED 295 for each individual. This event will be performed on 3 December Saturday.

Collection of autographs from The Habtoor Grand Resort

A staycation deal is available at Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection in honor of the 51st National Day of the United Arab Emirates. Guests can get a 25% discount on their hotel room, a 20% discount at several restaurants, and free breakfast the following morning. Offer good from November 30 to December 5.

Park Hyatt Dubai

A fantastic deal has been arranged for visitors by Park Hyatt Dubai as the UAE marks its 51st anniversary. For reservations made between December 1 and December 20, 2022, you can receive up to a 25% discount on all suites. At Brasserie du Park, customers may also eat breakfast while taking in views of the Marina. This is the perfect offer, whether for a little staycation or a week-long vacation.

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