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Published: 2019-11-21   

Massive fireworks show to mark UAE National Day long weekend

Long weekend coming up in UAE.

Long weekend coming up in UAE.

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Dubai is gearing up for the UAE’s 48th National Day with concerts by regional stars, fireworks, traditional shows and family-oriented activities, the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) has announced.

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of the DFRE, said: “Our partners in the public and private sectors have once again extended their wholehearted support to draw up an exciting programs that will give an insight into the true essence of Emirati hospitality and traditions, and give visitors the opportunity to feel that they are a part of Dubai’s diverse multicultural family. Besides, thanks to our diverse high-quality retail and events offering, there is something for everyone to enjoy this National Day in Dubai.”

The calendar of events can be found at the website www.nationaldaydubai.com. Tickets for some of the events that will be held during this period can also be bought through Dubai Calendar’s website and app’s purchasing platform.


Music fans can enjoy live entertainment as regional icons from the UAE including Balqees, Hussain Al Jassmi, Hamad Al Amri, Eida Al Menhali and Mohamed Al Shehhi along with Kuwaiti star Essa Al Marzouq perform a series of free-to-attend concerts at La Mer 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


La Mer
December 1 and 2 – 8.30pm
The Pointe
December 2 – 8pm
Al Seef – 8pm
The Beach – 9pm
Global Village – 9pm

Celebrations at Dubai Airports: November 27, December 1 and 2

At the Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport on 27 November, Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, will deliver a speech on tolerance, followed by traditional dances by Emirati children, and other activities. Traditional bands will perform at both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International airports on December 1 and 2 while passengers will be greeted with giveaways.

“Faces of the Nation” – December 2

Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City Mall
The specially curated IMAGINE show that will be held at 8pm and 10pm. Two special fireworks displays will be held right after each IMAGINE show. Shoppers can also celebrate the UAE’s heritage at a packed schedule of events including the traditional Ayala dance performances that will be held at Festival Bay from 2pm onwards.

Traditional Bands – November 29 to December 3 at participating malls

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

December 2 – The Dubai Mall
November 29, December 1 and 2 – Al Nakheel Mall

November 29, December 1 to 3 – City Walk, The Outlet Village, Box Park, City Centre Midriff City Centre Deira, Mall Of Emirates and Dubai Festival City.

Major attractions

Celebrations at Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain

December 1 to 3

In celebration of UAE National Day, Burj Khalifa will stage a special LED light show and The Dubai Fountain will be aglow with special shows daily at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

“Legacy of our Ancestors”

The Dubai Mall – November 30 to 2 December

The event aims to create an engaging UAE National Day activation that is unique to The Dubai Mall under the theme “Legacy of our Ancestors”. Activations will include 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 and 30 , and 1 and 2 December,

In addition to watching fireworks on 1 and 2 December at Al Seef and La Mer, as well as concerts at La Mer on 29 November, 1 and 2 December, give your kids a memorable day out at these family destinations by Meraas, as a host of activities await them across the four days of celebrations including arts and crafts, face painting, Arabic clay pot painting, and much more.

Founding Fathers Exhibition

Until December 31, Etihad Museum

Witness the UAE’s rich legacy captured in photographs at the new Founding Fathers exhibition at Etihad Museum. It is a display of memories that aims to introduce visitors to important periods in UAE’s history and is aligned with Dubai Culture’s efforts to raise awareness of the role that the Founding Fathers played in the development of the country. Organised by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Founding Fathers exhibition chronicles the country’s past and its ambitious evolution, commemorating the key moments that led to the Union’s establishment in December 1971.

Super Sports Run 10 Miler 2

November 20, Meydan

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 this special UAE National Day edition, runners are encouraged to pin the UAE flag to their running gear.

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