An Expats Guide To UAE National Day
Whether you have just landed in the UAE or you are simply interested in learning more about the UAE National then you’re in the right place. To mark the 2016 UAE National Day (Yawm al watani) we felt it would be appropriate to provide you with some in-depth information about this glorious celebration.
On the 2nd of December across the United Arab Emirates each year the community joins and celebrates the UAE National Day.
National Day was formed as a celebration to mark the UAE’s Union Day between the 6 emirates, which welcomed the 7th emirate Ras Al khaima in 1972.
Unfortunately there is a misconception that the UAE National Day stands for the nationalisation of the British Protectorate Treaties in 1968 however this is not correct. National Day here in the UAE is dedicated to the unification of all 7 emirates in 1971, which was lead by the federations first president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
To mark this event, the UAE residents and businesses hold celebrations across the emirates. Flags are draped across buildings, across roads and even on car roofs. It is a very proud day to be an emirate.
Many residents will wear dresses and outfits that contain the UAE national flag colours and decorate their homes inside and out to mark this occasion.
What to do on National Day
Depending on the day in which the UAE National Day falls upon, it is usually announced as a public holiday.
During this special day, there will be many events hosted across the country to which anyone is welcome to attend. Here is what you can do on UAE National Day with your family and loved ones.
Visit a Heritage Village
Discover the traditional way of life in the emirates by visiting one of many Heritage Villages that are setup for National Day in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A perfect choice for families.
Go to an Air show
The UAE has a passion for aircraft. Why not visit an Air Show in Dubai or Abu Dhabi that will showcase some of the most incredible areal acrobatics.
See a firework displays
During the evenings the night sky will light up across the Emirates. Be sure to take the opportunity to check out local fireworks displays near you.
Yas Marina Circuit’s ‘Let’s Fly Again’
Celebrations, family activities and fireworks are held yearly at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Well worth a visit.
National Day sale deals
If you’re in the mood for shopping then there will be great sales on during the UAE National Day. So visit one of the local malls and snap up some great deals.
Enjoy the beautiful moving landscape of the dessert by taking a thrilling trip into the dunes of the UAE desserts. Experience the Bedouin delicacies and entertainment under the stars.
Old Dubai’s Bastakiya Quarter
Old Dubai’s Bastakya Quarter is one of the oldest parts of Dubai. Be transported back in time to when life in Dubai was not so much about fashion and glamour.
Celebrate in style at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Entertainment, delicious cuisine and activities will keep you entertained.
Celebrate at home with a BBQ and friends
The weather is the perfect temperature for spending time with friends and cook great food outside. Host your own UAE National Day celebration in your home or back garden and invite family, friends and neighbours.
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