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Get your national spirit renewed and be ready as the whole nation is gearing up to celebrate the UAE National Day – the UAE's 50th Jubilee. It sure is going to be an awesome action-packed long weekend.
With this much-needed four-day weekend, there’s so many fun things to see and do for this landmark occasion and we’re here to help you come up with the perfect plan to have the best family fun time out.
We’ve rounded up some of the greatest spots where you and the family can take part in the festivities, including firework shows, festivals, creative workshops, theme park celebrations, roaming entertainment and the one and only Expo 2020. No matter what your preferences are, we’ve got you covered with the absolute BEST National Day celebrations, both indoors and outdoors!
Spend a great outdoorsy Family Fun Day and celebrate the UAE National Day at Al Barari Playground. Expect lots of awesome activities, for both parents and kiddos, including free massages for all mamas!
The event will take place over four days during Dec 1-4 and will feature a myriad of things to see and do, such as mascot parade, mini zipline, giant swings, tree houses, face painting, falcon grooming, pony and camel rides, fun games, bouncy castle, Emirati pot painting and so much more!
They also haven't forgotten your four-legged pals, where they will host dog fancy dress competitions, dog and cat wellness training and consultations, as well as pet and parent photo competitions. A splendid event that surely should not be missed!
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Expo 2020 is THE place to be during the UAE National Day long weekend, given their very special set of activities and celebrations that look at the nation's journey since 1971 and what's to come in the next 50 years. Expect an action-packed weekend full of events, fireworks, special performances, parades and surprises happening around every corner! You and your kiddos will be in absolute awe.
Some of the highlights taking place include an authentic Emirati welcome and 'Colours of the World' parade, a fly over from the Al Fursan aerobatics team, painting the sky green, white, black and red and a variety of spectacular performances and entertaining parades.
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Let your kiddos get into the UAE National Day festive mood and sign them up for woo-hoo!'s themed Workshop by Luma and Medaf Studio. Your children will be creating their own camel plush toys and paper falcons from scratch, unleashing their imagination and learning interesting facts about the iconic UAE falcon.
You can also sign up for woo-hoo!'s DIY UAE Doodle Masterpiece Workshop, happening during the same dates, embedding the country's culture and traditions in your kiddos.
This year, the Global Village is celebrating “50 Years of Togetherness” in the UAE, featuring fireworks, cultural activities, as well as competitions. Some of the celebratory highlights include a UAE Kids Quiz, National Day Operetta, and National Youth Orchestra. On National Day, be on the look out for a surprise daylight spectacular, the skies will be coloured by UAE colours, like nothing you've seen before.
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A handful of splendid firework shows are scheduled to occur during the UAE National Day weekend to celebrate the UAE's 50th Jubilee. You and your family can enjoy beautiful lit-up skies at the following spots: The Pointe, Atlantis, The Palm, Bluewaters Island, Etisalat Beach Canteen, Burj Al Arab and La Mer.
In celebration of the UAE National Day, the amazing Theatre of Digital Art is extending a great offer that cannot be missed. During Dec 1-7, buy an adult ticket for any of their awesome digital or music shows, and get a complimentary child ticket for the same show!
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Celebrate the National Day, alfresco, at Hatta Dam with a breathtaking show that highlights the deep connections between people, nature, and technology. Imagine being surrounded by the Hajar mountains, this spectacular experience will take you and your family on a journey through the land’s history in the lead-up to the inception of the union and across the 50 years that followed.
This great show will also be highlighting UAE's present achievements, in addition to the bright coming future that awaits everyone who calls the UAE home, through unique, creative and artistic storytelling.
Bring your kiddos and head to LEGOLAND, where the beloved characters “Ollie” and “Olivia” will be proudly dressed in their National Day themed outfits. Lots of exclusive family-friendly activities will be taking place, such as building the world’s largest UAE LEGO® Minifigure Flag, the ‘UAE LEGO Flag Hunt’, as well as lots of instagrammable locations including the ‘LEGOLAND Dubai Salute LEGO® Model’ made from over 100,000 LEGO bricks.
Want to keep a forever memory of this special day? Collect your own limited-edition LEGO collector brick, commemorating the 50th spirit of the union.
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Any fans of the brilliant Hussain Al Jassmi here? The MENA region's favorite Emirati singer and composer will be performing live, to celebrate the UAE's 50th anniversary, alongside a specially choreographed show at The Palm Fountain, on December 2.
The Fountain will also light up in UAE’s national colours: green, white and red, and you and your family can avail several dining discounts across The Pointe's restaurants.
Enjoy a relaxing National Day celebration over a delicious themed Beach BBQ and live music at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach. Get to cherish our nation's rich tradition, while mesmerizing the unparalleled views of the fireworks show with the perfect backdrop of the Ain Dubai ferris wheel.
Highlights of the BBQ will include a feast of locally sourced delicacies, such as Burrata made in Ras al Khaimah and Oysters from Dibba Bay, amongst the flowing starters, as well as live grills and yummy desserts. The BBQ will also feature a ‘Golden Globe of the UAE’ themed mocktail list that has been specially developed to honor the achievements of the UAE; drinks include names such as the Virgin Ain Dubai Margarita Flight and The Landing To Mars.
Let's go outdoors this long weekend, where the foodie haven - Etisalat Beach Canteen, will be featuring fantastic food, good company and live entertainment alongside Dubai's sunny shoreline. You and your family will have the chance to sample mouthwatering dishes from top restaurants, meet celebrity chefs from around the world and take part in the countless family activities. You will also be able to watch the sky light up by a spectacular fireworks show on Dec 2.
Taking place until Dec 11, you will have all the time in the world to wander around their awesome activity zones, such as the Etisalat stage Majlis, Food Bazaar, Mashawi Hut, Game Bustan, Baqaala Lane, Snack Souq and Yalla Fun Zone - the ultimate kids' all-day hangout and every kid's dream, providing endless fun and entertainment for their young Canteeners!
Expect an Arabian extravaganza this year at BurJuman Mall, with their visually stunning and immersive experiences. Every member of the family will be ecstatic with the FREE activities, suitable for both parents and kiddos, including calligraphy, falconry, henna painting, National Day bead art, and even local dates served with delicious Arabic coffee. Celebrations will also feature live performances including Ayala, Liwa, Khaleeji Dance or stilt walkers. .
The IMG Worlds of Adventure is inviting you to join their National Day Celebration festivities. Think Henna, Magic Show, Caricature Artists, Falcon Artist, Face Painting, Luqaimat, Tattoo Artist and much more.
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Abu Dhabi will be going BIG this UAE National Day with five spectacular National Day Firework Shows. You and your kiddos can enjoy the mesmerizing lit-up skies at these spots: Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, Al Ain, Al Dhafra areas , Bawabat Al Sharq Mall and Al Maryah Island.
Join the myriad of activities and events happening every day at Sheikh Zayed Heritage festival. The festival will host a series of events and shows, including National Day Celebrations, Year of 50 Zone, International Shows, Emirates Fountain and Weekly Fireworks Shows.
You and your kiddos will be spoilt for choice, with the amount of family friendly activities available at the Festival, such as Funfair, Glow Garden, Miracle Garden, Al Forsan Sports Resort, Ice Skating Rink, Drones Show, Roaming Parades, Military Heritage Music Shows, Equestrian & Camel Riding, the Emirati Civilization & Culture Zone and the Children's Theater.
Umm Al Emarat Park is planning the launch of the first edition of its alfresco market, The Park Market, as well as an exciting line-up of cultural initiatives, fun-filled activities and great food, as a tribute to the year of the 50th.
The Park will feature a ‘Journey through Achievements’ maze that highlights 50 key milestones of the UAE in 50 years. Being part of the maze will help enrich your knowledge of the UAE and learn about the nation’s achievements across sectors. Furthermore, your kiddos will be 100% happily entertained with lots of fun activities, such as storytelling sessions about the UAE’s history, UAE themed paintings, Cinema in the Park, animal feeding and fun pony or camel rides at the Animal Barn.
Worried about missing the official National Day celebration at Hatta? The Park will be broadcasting the spectacular theatrical show at 5:30pm via its big cinema screen located in the Amphitheatre.
Watch the Galleria being transformed into an oasis, in celebration of the UAE’s 50th National Day. Expect a series of inspiring cultural Emirati activities, as well firework shows and drone displays at the end of each festival day.
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