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UAE National Day 2024: The History Behind the Magic


an eagle flying Infront of a building with text written to celebrate the UAE national day
UAE National Day

As the UAE prepares to celebrate its 52nd National Day, let's take a moment to reflect on its remarkable journey and the history of the UAE that binds its people together.

On December 2nd, 1971, seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, and Fujairah with Ras Al Khaimah joining in on 10 February 1972– came together to form the United Arab Emirates. This historic unification marked the end of British rule in the region and ushered in a new era of progress and prosperity.

Having explored the roots of the UAE National Day, let's embark on a journey and discover the UAE National Day 2023 celebrations.


What is the significance of UAE National Day?


The UAE National Day is an invitation to embark on a journey of discovery, to immerse oneself in the vibrant culture and traditions of the UAE. The UAE National Day theme "Spirit of the Union" embodies the enduring unity that has united the UAE's seven emirates since its founding. This theme encapsulates the visionary leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country's founding father, who fostered a spirit of collaboration and shared destiny among the emirates.

Video Credit: Gulf News


When is UAE National Day 2024 supposed to take place?


The National Day of the United Arab Emirates is held annually on December 2nd to commemorate the unification of the seven emirates.

What are the UAE National Day 2024 Holidays?


UAE residents will be treated to a three-day weekend for National Day 2023, as the public holiday falls on a Saturday this year. The extended break will span from Saturday, December 2nd to Monday, December 4th. Public sector employees will have a remote workday on Friday, December 1st.

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What are the UAE National Day Events 2024?


Whether you're a resident or a visitor, UAE National Day is a time to immerse yourself in the country's vibrant culture. Celebrate the UAE National Day, and experience the warm hospitality of the Emirati people.

The UAE National Day celebrations are a grand affair, with various events taking place across the country. Here are some of the highlights of the 2023 celebrations:


  • Abu Dhabi Air Show

  • Global Village's UAE National Day Celebrations

  • Fireworks at:

    • Al Maryah Island

    • Al Seef

    • Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

    • Bluewaters Dubai

    • Dubai Festival City Mall

  • The Sheikh Zayed Festival

  • Yas Island

UAE National Day Air Show 2023: Abu Dhabi


Abu dhabi air show for UAE national day
Abu Dhabi Air Show

As the UAE gears up to commemorate its 52nd National Day, the skies above Abu Dhabi Corniche will transform into a mesmerizing canvas for the Abu Dhabi air show that will leave you spellbound.

  • Date: December 2nd, 4-5 pm

Cultural Extravaganza at Global Village's UAE National Day Celebrations


To mark the 52nd UAE National Day celebrations, Global Village Dubai extends a warm invitation to partake in a vibrant tapestry of cultural festivities. This multicultural destination has a host of events and activities lined up to celebrate the day.

  • Date: Dec 1-4


A Symphony of Light and Sound


UAE National Day Fireworks at Dubai Marina
UAE National Day Fireworks


Be captivated by a mesmerizing display of fireworks, illuminating the skies with dazzling lights and a symphony of synchronized sounds across multiple venues.

Some of these venues are:


Al Maryah Island


Al Maryah Island transforms into a canvas of vibrant hues, ignited by a breathtaking fireworks display on the 52nd UAE national day in 2023. On December 2nd and 3rd, there will be a fireworks display. The fireworks will light up the sky with beautiful colours. The colours include green, black, white, and red. These colours represent the unity and progress of the country.


Al Seef


Embark on a journey through time as Al Seef, on the banks of Dubai's historic creek, unveils its captivating National Day celebrations. Experience UAE's culture with Arabian hospitality, parades, concerts, and kids' activities. As the clock strikes 8 p.m., the night sky will come alive with dazzling fireworks as a part of the UAE national day fireworks 2023, echoing the architectural spectacle and cultural essence of the region.


Bawabat Al Sharq Mall


Create unforgettable memories with your loved ones at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall as the 52nd UAE National Day festivities unfold for the year 2023. Gather around at 9 p.m. on December 2nd and witness Abu Dhabi's skyline transforming into a mesmerizing tapestry of patriotic colours. Capture breathtaking moments as the fireworks illuminate the night, symbolizing the nation's unwavering spirit and aspirations.

Bluewaters Dubai


Experience a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity at Bluewaters Dubai as the UAE National Day 2023 celebrations commence. On December 2nd, there will be fireworks at 8 p.m. on the island. You can also enjoy henna stations, falconry demonstrations, and Ayala dances, which show the UAE's heritage.

Dubai Festival City Mall


Prepare to be captivated by a grand spectacle as Dubai Festival City Mall transforms into a hub of pulsating energy for the UAE National Day 2023 celebrations. Watch the amazing parade of drum bands and Al Ayala dancers, their rhythmic moves reflecting the country's lively culture. As the countdown to the fireworks begins, savour the aroma of complimentary Emirati coffee, adding a touch of cultural authenticity to the experience.

The Sheikh Zayed Festival


While enjoying the many events in the UAE National Day 2023 take a look at the Sheikh Zayed Festival. This festival praises Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates. The festival will feature traditional Emirati crafts, food, and music.


Yas Island


Get ready to celebrate UAE National Day with a splash at Yas Island's newest gem, SeaWorld® Yas Island, a world of fun and entertainment, including traditional dances, mesmerizing sand art creations, hands-on fishnet-making sessions, and mind-blowing magic tricks.

Discover the maritime past of the area. Learn about the strong connection of the UAE to the sea. Interact with local marine life in the Gulf. This incredible celebration of culture and underwater wonders

  • Date: December 1st to December 3rd, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

  • Location: Tap here



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