Top Things to Do on UAE National Day Holiday 2019

Still haven’t decided what you want to do in celebration of the 48th UAE National Day? It’s not too late to join the UAE celebrations; we’ve got you covered! 

It’s the time of year where you can spot the colors of the UAE national flag everywhere you go. Trust us when we say it’s not just the decorations that will leave you in awe, there are many events, offers, and activities to check out! Here are the top things to do for Emirates National Day this year:

UAE National Day

1. Choose a Spot to Enjoy the Fireworks

As the city’s biggest festival in honor of the official 1971 nationalization of the 7 emirates of the UAE, you can expect fireworks! And there’s no doubt they will be as extravagant as ever in pure UAE fashion. The iconic skyline will light up for the UAE National Day (also known as Union Day or Commemoration Day) at several locations:

  • Emirates Palace – 8:30 pm (December 1 and 2).

December 1

  • Al Seef – 8 pm
  • La Mer – 8:30 pm
  • The Beach at JBR – 9 pm
  • Yas Marina – 9 pm.

December 2

  • The Pointe – 8 pm
  • Global Village – 9 pm
  • Dubai Festival City – 8 pm and 10 pm.

2. Head to Downtown Dubai

Burj Khalifa is known for its LED displays, so don’t miss the stunning show, as the tallest building in the world gets all glittered up in red, green, white, and black. 

The best seat in the house is right by the Dubai Fountain, where the waters will dance to the UAE national anthem and other national songs. The show starts at 6 pm and restarts every hour from December 1-3.

3. Don’t Miss the Offers at Motiongate and Legoland Dubai

How about a family day at Dubai’s most famous theme parks? It’s guaranteed fun! From the exciting roller coasters to the UAE-themed activities at Legoland, you can’t go wrong. 

  • Purchase one ticket (full price) and get 3 more tickets for only 48 AED each all through National Day Holiday at both parks. 
Motiongate and Legoland Dubai

4. Shop Til You Drop

Dubai is the shopping center of the world, no doubt. To celebrate the iconic national festival, the city kicks off a city-wide sale from 30% up to 90%. Looking to score a good sale bargain at your favorite brands? Head to any of the major malls during the national UAE holidays. You can head to Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre, or Ibn Battuta Mall for a lovely day.

  • Sales end on December 2.

5. Get in the Mood for Bollywood Nights

Are you a fan of Bollywood? Celebrate national day with a colorful performance at Bollywood Parks and Resorts. On December 2, you can meet reality show judge Armaan Malik, who will be there with his brother Amaal, a composer and singer. You can catch them performing live at 2 pm. 

  • Ticket: 89 AED.

6. Experience the Ultimate Thrill at Yas Marina Circuit

It’s guaranteed there is no shortage of national day celebrations in Abu Dhabi. One example of that is the grand Yas Marina Circuit. It’s hands-down one of the coolest places you could spend national day at. There will be a lot of family activities following the last day of Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019, such as karting and parades.

7. Attend “Legacy of Our Ancestors” at The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is hosting an educational event for the little ones you might want to check out. The event aims to create more engagement towards the national day in Dubai and an understanding of UAE history. There will be giveaways available throughout the event, which will take place until December 2. 

Dubai Mall

8. Relax in Fujairah

It’s a holiday, so why not head for a peaceful day by the beach? Le Meridien Al Aqah is celebrating the UAE national day by offering a delicious brunch. For just AED 165 per person, you get to indulge amazing tastes. At AED 249, you can spend the day at the pool or beach afterward. 

9. Travel the World at Global Village

 Global Village never fails to impress. With stalls from all over the world, it’s a shopping experience unsurpassed by any other, not forgetting the plethora of food from every corner of the world. Additionally, UAE national day events at Global Village include a live concert for Arab star Hamad Al Amri on December 2nd. 

  • Ticket: 15 AED per person.

10. Get into a Water Fight at Yas Waterworld

It’s December, so the scorching heat of the UAE is fading and it’s time to enjoy some outdoor activities. Gather up your family and friends this national day and head to Yas Waterworld to take part in their annual Water Battle! The country’s biggest water fight will take place on December 2nd, at 12 pm. 

The Amwaj Wave Pool will serve as the battlefield as guests are given water pistols to try to take out the opposing team. May the best team win!

Yas Waterworld

11. Watch the Latest Blockbuster with Free Popcorn

In honor of the 48th National Day, Roxy Cinemas are handing everyone free popcorn with each movie ticket! They have cinemas all over Dubai, so make sure you head over there during the holidays and enjoy the movie.

 12. Witness Greatness at La Perle

Award-winning aquatic show La Perle by Dragone is one of the most mesmerizing performances you could ever watch. Located at Al Habtoor City, La Perle made headlines when it came to Dubai as the region’s very first permanent show. Combining artistry, creativity, and technology, you will be at a loss for words.

  • National Day Offer: 48% off on all tickets. 

 13. Visit Qasr Al Watan Palace

Live the historical vibes of the UAE at Qasr Al Watan Palace. This year, the celebrations at the palace will begin with a welcome procession at 1 pm. There will also be a horse parade and cyclists performing, as well as the Abu Dhabi Police Band. At 4 pm, a show by Ayala Group will take place accompanied by Emirati artist Ahmad Al Mansoori.

  • Ticket: 60 AED for adults and 30 AED for children below 12 years old.

 14. Walk The Walk at JBR

The Walk at JBR is one of the most famous family destinations in the UAE and its extra special during the national holiday. You will find various activities to have fun. Besides, there will be traditional Ayala dancers in the streets, free Arabic coffee to satisfy your cravings, and calligraphy art to take home with you. 

The decorations at The Walk are quite stunning, with more than 1,000 flags and Arabic designs filling up the streets. 

The Walk at JBR

 15. Get to Know the Emirati Culture at Times Square Center

Have you ever tried Emirati food? It would be a shame if you live in the UAE and haven’t indulged in its tastes. There’s no better time to do that than right now. Head over to Times Square Centre and spend the day trying authentic Emirati food and enjoying traditional performances. There will also be calligraphy lessons to take part in. 


There are more ways than one to join the festivities in UAE happening this week that suit everybody’s preferences. It’s time to have fun and celebrate the country that’s become so dear to our hearts. Happy UAE National Day

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