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UAE National Day Holiday: Dates, History, Events


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet has officially declared the 2022 UAE National Day and Commemoration Day holidays. The four-day-long public holidays will last from Dec 1st (Thursday) to Dec 3rd (Saturday).

History of UAE National Day

Every year on Dec 2nd, people across the UAE celebrate their national day. It commemorates the day that the six emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah united to form the country of UAE in 1971. Since that time, the UAE has made significant economic progress and is currently one of the wealthiest nations in the world.

Uae National Day Holiday

The UAE National Day celebrations are an opportunity for all Emiratis to join together and honor their nation’s accomplishments. On this day, emiratis in the UAE don traditional Emirati attire and adorn their residences and places of business with UAE flags. In Dubai, all the Emirates participate in a massive parade to demonstrate their unity. It is a day of national pride for all Emiratis.

National Day Events

Mark your calendars for these must-attend events planned for the 51st National day of the United Arab Emirates.

Lavish Displays of Fireworks

During the UAE’s 51st National Day 2022, there are several places to watch the fireworks. The National Day fireworks can be seen at Dubai Festival City. This location will host two fireworks displays. On Thursday, December 2nd, the display times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The largest fireworks will be at La Mer Dubai Beach. The live performances of two well-known Arab stars will also be included in the show at La Mer, Jumeirah 1. Fouad Mohamed Al Shehhi and Abdul Wahed, Arab stars, will perform live in a concert. The show will begin at 9 p.m. on December 1st, Wednesday, December 2nd, Thursday.


A beautiful location to view the celebratory fireworks is Al Seef. On Friday and Saturday, arrive at Al Seef as early as you can to witness the fireworks, which will start at 8:30 PM near Dubai Creek. Al Seef is situated on Dubai’s famous historic creek. This is a relaxing and peaceful family-friendly destination where you can relax and unwind with your friends and family.

On December 2 and 3, at 9 p.m. in Abu Dhabi, stop by the promenade at The Galleria Al Maryah Island to witness a breathtaking fireworks show inspired by the four colors of the UAE flag. The waterfront section of the mall’s promenade is also lined with a variety of cafes and restaurants, from Bentley Kitchen to Nusr-et, so you can watch the show while savoring a meal.

Uae National Day Holiday
2017 KT FILE PHOTO: Kids holding UAE flag during the 46th UAE National Day carnival organized by Ajman police at Ajman Corniche on Wednesday is a part of 46th UAE National Day Celebrations in the UAE.—KT FILE

Air Show at Abu Dhabi

The UAE National Day 2022 Air Show at Al Fursan Abu Dhabi is not to be missed by Abu Dhabi residents. This air show will also feature new combat aircraft such as the Mirage 2000 and F-16 jets. The air show will take place on the evening of December 2, 2022, between 4 and 5 p.m. at Abu Dhabi Corniche.

Dancing Fountains of Dubai and Burj Khalifa

The water dancing fountain will perform to the tune of the UAE National Anthem. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will be adorned with a special LED display show inspired by the National flag of UAE on the occasion of National day. These epic free shows will take place on December 2nd at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Live Shows at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

From December 3 to 11, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre will host live events. Tickets for the nine shows cost AED200 and are available on the official National Day website. During the celebrations, the shows will begin at 6 p.m. every day.


The UAE National Day website stated, “The show will be open for everyone who calls the UAE home to experience the 51st National Day official public shows for nine consecutive days.” The ceremony will also be broadcast live on the UAE National Day official website and on all local TV channels.

Winter Music Fest

Lucky Ali, the King of 90s Pop, will be performing live in Dubai as part of the Winter Music Fest. Residents of Dubai should prepare to welcome the exceptionally talented artist to The Agenda on December 3rd.

Uae National Day Holiday

SKECHERS Performance UAE National Day Run

Running enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, from novices to specialists, will participate in the community challenge on December 2 at Meydan to commemorate the historic day.

Availability of Tickets

You can purchase the tickets for 51st National Day show from here.

This year, the UAE’s Organising Committee of the 51st National Day invites everyone who lives in the UAE to a nationwide celebration. If you live in the UAE or plan to visit, don’t miss out on all the festivities planned for National Day.

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Murryam Hafeez

I am a Transportation Engineer by profession and also a voracious reader. I read everything, from novels to the ingredients written on my jar of peanut butter.

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