UAE National Day is celebrated every year on 2nd December in United Arab Emirates. Are you new in Dubai? Then most probably you will be unaware of UAE National Holiday. Festivals celebrated by Muslims are scheduled according to the sightings of the moon. The different phases of the moon are given various dates related to approximation. The holiday’s subject to alter and we don’t guarantee the comprehensive accuracy. In the private and government sector, the holidays are entirely based on probable days.
Celebration of UAE National Day
The Federation of UAE was founded on 2nd December 1971. And the six emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah was added in February 1972. Celebration on a national day depicts the nationhood of a state or a nation. It is a significant date featuring various aspects of Emirati culture. It highlights parades, fireworks, traditional dances, and much more. Let’s take a look at the unique activities enriching the UAE traditions. Enabling all adults and children to indulge and celebrate National day with patriotic spirit.
Festivities on UAE National Day
A glimpse of activities took place to celebrate the Trucial States unification. The following are the lineup of activities and events celebrated in style.
Fireworks are the most anticipated on the UAE National Day by the Dubai residents. Top places to enjoy bright and colored fireworks in Dubai are La Mer, Bluewaters Island, Al Seef. Others are JBR Beach, Dubai Festival City, Global Village, and The Pointe.
- Light show
The most famous and dazzling light show is displayed on the Burj Khalifa. The light show displays the flag colors of UAE and features the national anthem.
- Laser Show
Dubai Festival City features the beam of colors across the Festival Bay waters. And along with various dance performances.
- Floating hotel
The iconic Queen Elizabeth 2 hosts various spectacular events. So that people can spend and enjoy a long weekend with Arabesque Buffet, Brunch. National Day Art Makers Market, Arabian Hi-Tea, Heritage tours, and many other family activities.
- Camel racing
Camel racing features the Emirati culture and immerse your spirit in the rich Dubai. Racing camels is the oldest tradition and event that happens in Dubai.
- Other celebrations
Many other celebrations include free concerts at La Mer, discounts offered at various stores, traditional dances. Cultural performances, ribbon dance, live markets featuring food, clothes, arts and crafts items. Different kids’ activities including face painting, games, music, henna designs. And many other activities to keep the kids entertained.
List of holidays in UAE
|Wednesday||01st Jan||New Year`s Day|
|Sunday||22nd Mar||Israa and Mairaj Night|
|Friday||22nd May||Eid ul Fitr Holiday|
|Saturday||23rd May||Eid ul Fitr Holiday|
|Sunday||24th May||Eid ul Fitr|
|Monday||25th May||Eid ul Fitr Holiday|
|Tuesday||26th May||Eid ul Fitr Holiday|
|Thursday||30th July||Afrah Day|
|Friday||31st July||Eid ul Adha|
|Saturday||01st August||Eid ul Adha|
|Sunday||23rd August||Eid ul Adha Holiday|
|Thursday||29th October||Prophet Muhammad Birthday|
|Tuesday||1st December||Commemoration Day|
|Wednesday||02nd December||National Day|
|Thursday||03rd December||National Day|
Points to Ponder
- The public holidays may change and move the end
- Or beginning of a week if it falls between any consecutive working days.
- The weekend in UAE is on Friday and Saturday.
- The dates of Islamic holidays are based on moon sightings and may vary according to the given date.
- The workers of the public sector will get the same amount of public holidays as in the private sector.
2nd and 3rd December- UAE National Day
UAE National Day is celebrated because seven emirates were unified in 1971. In 2020, it will be UAE`s 49th birthday celebration enabling citizens. To take two days to leave on December 2nd and 3rd. Which makes Wednesday and Thursday. It will be a 5 days leave along with Commemoration Day on December 1st. Friday and Saturday is a weekend in UAE.
Celebrating 50 years of UAE National Day
Next year in 2021, UAE is preparing for the 50th anniversary of the historic emirates union. Ruler of Dubai announced the 50 years will be the new beginning and fresh start. So get prepared for best strides. Coming 50 years will be the future of generations designed exceptionally.
UAE: an old Trucial State
UAE 7th emirate known as Ra`s al- Khaimah was added in the federation in 1972 on 10th February. The UAE National Day is celebrated for the nationalization in 1968 from British Protectorate Treaties. And the anniversaries of seven emirates were unified in 1971 for the modern-day country making UAE 48 years old.
Evolution of Dubai
Dubai has revolutionized into an inspirational place today. But the oil discovery was a turning point in the 1960s for development purposes. In the Geography book of Andalusian Arab and geographer Abu Abdullah Al Bakri, Dubai was mentioned in 1095. The walled city Dubai was around from the 1800s. But the excellent leadership enables United Arab Emirates to build modern wonders. And Dubai experienced tremendous growth.
Yes, you have the list of celebrations and various activities for UAE National Day. To enjoy these festivities in Dubai don’t forget to take UAE flags with you. It will enhance your appearance. Don’t forget to mention below in the comments. That which event you enjoyed the most. Because every year you will be amazed by several new events and celebrations.
New year will be planned and celebrated with bang once the celebrations of UAE National Day are over. Have fun!
Frequently Asked Questions about UAE National Day
What is Dubai National Day?
UAE National Day also called Union Day is the day of formal nationalization of all the seven emirates in 1971. This day is celebrated in United Arab Emirates every year on 2nd December. UAE prepares grand celebrations for National day every year. And millions of people take part in these celebrations from around the world.
How do you wish UAE National Day?
We wish happy UAE National Day to everyone living in United Arab Emirates on 2nd December. On 2nd December we all stand together in unity and pride belonging to the UAE.
Why do we celebrate UAE National Day?
We celebrate this day to stand together with UAE in unity and pride. UAE National Day stands for the nationalization of the seven emirates in 1971 from the British Protectorate Treaties which were declared in 1968.