The 45th National Day falls on December 2nd Friday and the whole UAE is set for a long weekend off, starting from December 1st to December 3rd. If your plan is to snuggle into your couch and watch some television shows, we don’t say the idea is bad, but our recommendation is to plainly dismiss it off, with a whole lot of things to see and experience around you. Now confused on how to make the most of these holidays? Leave this to us, we’ve already got it sorted out for you; simply take your pick from this list.
1. Check out Dubai’s Newest Attractions
Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall, and Wild Wadi Theme Park – Dubai already has no shortage of attractions, so wondering what to check out now? It’s not one, but many things to do in Dubai during holiday. In a span of past three to four months, Dubaiites have witnessed the grand opening of several world-class attractions, from Hub Zero, IMG Worlds of Adventure Theme Park, Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai within Dubai Parks and Resorts to the very latest Dubai Canal. The National Day weekend offers the perfect chance to explore all these attractions, with the bonus that some of them including Dubai Parks and Resorts offer unbelievable deals on their entry pass.
2. Be a Part of National Day Celebrations
All over the UAE, the National Day is celebrated and enjoyed with a bang. If you wish to be a part of its unmatched fervor, there are numerous venues and of course a myriad of ways with which you can immerse in the festivities. Some of the most recommended options are:
- See special fireworks in eye-striking patterns and displays, held across Dubai and Abu Dhabi
- Cheer hard as part of Yas Marina Circuit’s Let’s Fly Again (National Day activities)
- Look out for National Day Carnival at City Walk
- Head over to venues like Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, or The Beach to spectacle National Day Arabic Concerts
- Enjoy unique National Day celebrations at Global Village
- National Day Celebrations at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
3. See Blockbuster Musical Les Misérables coming to Life @ Dubai Opera House
Opened in August this year, Dubai Opera House has already become a hit among opera lovers, with its spellbinding mix of classical performances, one-off associations with internationally acclaimed performers, and most of all, the resplendent settings. Wish to experience all these for yourself? National Day weekend is the ideal time then; have your tickets reserved to spectacle the breathtaking award-winning musical show Les Misérables, depicting Victor Hugo’s classic. This currently running show began on November 10th and will be played here till December 2nd, so make sure that you zero in on a date accordingly.
4. Grab the National Day Sale Deals
Initiated by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), National Day Sale will see its participating malls, high street outlets, and premium brands like Pandora, Galeries Lafayette, Damas etc, slashing the price of the most sought-after merchandises. Whether you wish to shop apparels, jewelry, electronic items, or home appliances, this unique retail event allows you to enjoy 30% to jaw-dropping 90% discount on your favorite brands. However, the discount sale isn’t limited to National Day, as it’s conducted from December 1 to December 3.
5. Consider a Day Trip
Agreed, there are thrilling theme parks, mindblowing shows, and awesome shopping options to explore. But if you wish to escape from the emirate, why not take a peek at our best weekend getaway suggestions for inspiration. Handily, all of the UAE’s emirates are well placed, allowing for a multitude of amazing excursions and activities. Go on a thrilling red dune safari, take part in Ras Al Khaimah’s Wintermania Carnival and Funfair, and enjoy a short trip to scenic Al Ain or culturally rich Sharjah and Ajman. You can even opt for a long road trip leading to Fujairah, Liwa Oasis, or Oman’s Khasab / Dibba.
6. Savor 45 Culinary Delights @ AED 45 & More at Yas Island
This sounds exciting right! Cascading Dining at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall has introduced this unique dining concept to celebrate the 45th National Day. A handpicked menu compiling 45 different gastronomic specialties can be enjoyed for just AED 45 here. A visit to Yas Island on National Day further allows for several other exciting options and activities by way of Yas Mall Walkathon, World Record Water Battle (Yas Waterworld), and special National Day Brunch at Yas Links.
7.Fly to a New Destination
With many service providers offering attractive deals and last minute promotions on all-inclusive holiday packages, National Day weekend is the best time to discover a new or exotic location. From Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok to Bali and India, there are many amazing destinations you can consider to fit into your three-day mini break, which usually covers accommodation, sightseeing, and airport transfers.
8. Explore the UAE’s Hidden Treasures
If you wish to ditch the usual touristy attractions or skip all National Day crowd, head over to some of the region’s off-the-beaten-track gems. Step back in time at Old Dubai’s Bastakiya Quarter or visit the quaint Hatta enclave for a refreshing slice of Emirati traditions and past. For families with kids, a not to miss out during National Day holidays is Heritage Village located in Shindagha area. Featuring Emirati cartoon impersonators, shows based on folklore, and a workshop on doll making with recycle materials, this cultural attraction is sure to excite your little ones.
9. Indulge in Exciting Water Activities
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, outdoor enthusiast, or water sport aficionada, National Day holiday is the best time to try your hands in many exciting activities, with cool salubrious weather and excellent facilities. Take a kayaking tour along Abu Dhabi’s stunning mangroves or head out on Dubai’s water to enjoy such thrilling activities as Stand Up Paddle, Parasailing, Banana Boat Ride, and Jetovator ride.
10. Do Something Mysterious & Non Touristy
Lastly, this is our suggestion for those who wish to do something unusual by exploring the UAE’s mysterious and spooky side. Got excited? Then during the upcoming holidays, find your way to discover some of the country’s most haunted places, such as the ancient fishing village of Jazirat Al Hamra, strewn with several mysterious legends; and Al Qasimi Palace in Ras Al Khaimah, which has remained uninhabited for the past 25 years reportedly due to paranormal incidences.
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!