Things to do during 46th UAE National Day holidays

The UAE’s National Day is celebrated on December 2nd of each year and marks the unification of the emirates into a federation.

UAE is the land of opportunities. With opportunities comes celebration. UAE and its Emirates never miss a chance to celebrate any remarkable event. We recently discussed must things to do in UAE in November 2017, don’t forget to check that out. Today we are discussing 46th UAE National Day and what you should do during this yearly holiday weekend. First off, let’s know more about National Day.

National Day (Arabic: اليوم الوطني‎‎; Yawm al watani) is celebrated on 2 December each year in the United Arab Emirates. It marks the UAE’s Union Day between the six emirates which was followed by the joining of the seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, in 1972. The National day of UAE does not stand for the nationalization from the British Protectorate Treaties which declared in 1968, it is the anniversary of the federal unification of the seven emirates in 1971 which combined to form the modern-day country, headed by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the federation’s first president. Grand celebrations are held across the country to mark the event.Courtesy of Wikipedia

Now without wasting any time, let’s move onto what things you should do to celebrate your National Day holidays.

Things to do & how to celebrate UAE National Day

There is no shortage of events taking place around the UAE especially when National Day is approaching. We have looked around and picked some of the best events that we think you’ll enjoy attending during the course of the national holiday week.

#1. Kygo Live in Dubai

This is going to be a huge treat for all the house music fans as they will be able to catch Kygo performing live in Burj Park, at the foot of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa.

Kygo Live in Dubai

Kygo is best known for his hit singles ‘Stole The Show’ and ‘Firestone’, with huge and die-hard fanbase all around the globe. He’s been into music industry since 2013 and has even collaborated with huge artists including Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, and Julia Michaels.

  • Date: 30 November 2017
  • Venue: Burj Park
  • Ticket price: AED395 for regular tickets & AED850 for VIP standing tickets

#2. Stoli Social Club Barcade Brunch

There you’ll find arcade games which include ping pong, air hockey, giant Jenga, and Connect 4, with an all-inclusive food and beverage stations.

The great thing about the Stoli Social Club is that it’s made to make you mingle. Wander around food and beverage stations and have fun with the fairground games. You’re among friends so join the team, or bring your own squad!

  • Date: 30 November 2017
  • Venue: Zero Gravity
  • Ticket price: AED295

#3. Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens

This event draws a large crowd of fun-loving people every year who enjoy the fast-paced rugby action on the pitch and colourful costume-wearing characters in the grandstands. Not only rugby, there are competitions, giveaways, activities, and music concerts all render this one of the biggest events on the social and sporting calendar.

  • Date: 1 December 2017
  • Ticket price: AED300 advance purchase, AED400 on the day

#4. Dubai Camel Races

If you have never been to a camel race before then buckle up for a fun day out for the whole family. There is a tournament which is one of the highlights of professional camel racing across the Middle East. This tournament attracts thousands of highly trained competitors, all competing for coveted titles and high-end prizes, including cash. It is one of the best places for those who are low on budget. Also check: 15+ Best places to visit in the UAE for free or less than AED 20

  • Date: 01 December 2017
  • Venue: Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack
  • Ticket price: General admission is free

#5. UAE National Day Celebrations

Here are some of the glimpses from last year’s National Day celebration:

The actual day, National Day on 2nd December is one of the most celebrated days in the UAE as a historical moment. It is a time of national pride and all the Emirates burst out in cultural celebrations. The event highlights traditional dances, shows, parades, and concerts with celebrity appearances.

  • Date: 02 December 2017
  • Venue: Citywide

#6. Judi Love & Aurie Styla at Stand-Up Dubai

The first Saturday of the month of December will be crazy hilarious because of Stand-Up Dubai. It’s also the end of the season and falls on UAE National Day, so you should have no excuse not to attend this evening of comedy. Judi Love and Aurie Styla will team up to entertain you with a double dose of laughter.

  • Date: 02 December 2017
  • Venue: Tribeca at JA Ocean View Hotel
  • Ticket price: AED80

#7. Bryn Terfel at Dubai Opera

Bryn Terfel at Dubai Opera

Don’t miss the enchanting performance of Sir Bryn Terfel, a bass-baritone Welshman whose powerful voice manages to move audiences without fail. This operatic star has lent his voice to a number of big characters like Figaro from ‘The Barber of Seville’, and now he will grace the stage of Dubai Opera as his naturally warm and charming presence.

  • Date: 03 December 2017
  • Venue: Dubai Opera
  • Ticket price: AED200 – 800

#8. Santa’s Invitation

Santa will interact with the audience during this family-friendly show, which is sure to leave all youngsters grinning and filled with cheer. It is going to be a special occasion, especially for kids as they will even get the opportunity to jump-start their holiday wish list by writing to Santa.

  • Date: 03 December – 09 December 2017
  • Venue: Kilachand Theatre, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC)
  • Ticket price: AED130

#9. Meet Dubai Police at City Walk and Dubai Mall

From robotic patrols to drones, Dubai Police’s arsenal of cutting-edge technology helps keep the city safe. One of their most well-known assets is a wide-range of high-end patrol cars. Don’t forget to check: Amazing Dubai Police Cars That Will make you think twice

Meet Dubai Police at City Walk and Dubai Mall

These cars are not only crazy fast, but are fitted with the latest tech. These mindboggling vehicles are often displayed in popular areas and on special occasions. This fleet includes an Aston Martin One-77, Bentley Continental GT, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FF, customised Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren Mp4-12C, and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

  • Date: 24 August – 29 December 2017
  • Venue: City Walk 2 and Dubai Mall Main Gate
  • Ticket price: Free

#10. IMG Worlds of Adventure

Interact with famous characters from Marvel Comics Universe and Cartoon Network through 5D and multi-sensory rides.

  • Date: 01 August – 31 December 2018
  • Venue: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road – near Arabian Ranches, next to Global Village
  • Ticket price: AED100 – AED245, Free for Children under 1.05 in height

With these amazing options covering brand new attractions, culinary trips, traditional shows, and exciting events across the UAE, be sure to get out and experience the unmatched gusto of the UAE National Day!


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