National Day in the UAE, also known as Eid Al Watani, is celebrated on December 2 each year. This holiday marks the day the 6 emirates banded together at Union House (now Etihad Museum) followed by Ras Al Khaimah to form the United Arab Emirates in 1971. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan was the country’s first president. It is one of the most celebrated events in the UAE and a time of great national pride, which acknowledges the country’s rich heritage. To celebrate UAE’s 46th national day, here are some amazing things you could do with your loved ones to celebrate the Spirit of the Union.

Parade Time!: Every year, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is transformed for National Day weekend for the greatest parade in town! In what has become an annual tradition, Downtown Dubai is filled with floats, entertainers, supercars and even bikers which makes for a great show for onlookers.

Al Maryah Island: Head to Al Maryah Island’s waterfront promenade this National day and experience the fireworks, live cultural performances and festive activities. 

Global Village: Global Village has a 5 day long National Day Celebration with fireworks, Emarati Shows and food, a parade of the world and extended trading hours. The Dubai Police will also show off their array of exotic cars fleet in the shape of a flag.

Beach day: Spend your National Day at Dubai’s newest beachfront destination, La Mer. They are celebrating this National Day with Emirati bands and entertainment for the kids. There will also be a special graffiti exhibition on the North Beach showcasing the UAE’s history.

Fireworks: Attend the biggest firework display this National Day at The Beach, JBR. To get a good spot, book your seat at a restaurant close by. You could also attend various sites across UAE that showcase spectacular fireworks. 

Patriotic Winter Garden: St. Regis Dubai has a fun filled winter garden market with an array of National Day themed attractions, live entertainment and an assortment of Emarati culinary delicacies.