The United Arab Emirates celebrates its 45th National Day on December 2, 2016. The holiday marks the unification of the seven emirates and the founding of the country in 1971 under Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president.
UAE National day Holy Day
The National Day and Commemoration Day holidays for the public sector will begin on December 1, Thursday, with work resuming on December 4, Sunday.
The private sector holiday will be on December 1 and 2, Thursday and Friday.
The holidays were announced through circulars issued by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources and Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
The authority extended its greetings to President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and the people of the UAE.
UAE National day Events
The month of December kicks off with a whirlwind of activity and excitement for – you guessed it – the UAE’s 45th National Day Anniversary! Here’s a brief roundup of the action to help you plan your big weekend so you don’t miss out.
In anticipation of the anniversary, Thursday, 1 December, comes alive with the “National Day Arabic Concerts” featuring Emirati artists taking place around the city at Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Mall of the Emirates, City Walk, The Beach and City Centre Mirdif from 8pm.
As the sun sets on National Day itself, 2 December, the sky will light up with fireworks at The Beach from 8:30pm. For those of you who plan to celebrate into the late night, join the exclusive party at Dubai World Trade Centre at 9:30pm, where international star DJ Tiёsto will perform live in an audio-visual, electronic dance music spectacular.
During the first three days of the month, from 1-3 December, Arabian music will fill the malls with UAE & GCC traditional bands playing music from 4pm-10pm, while Dubai’s amusement parks, Global Village, IMG World and Dubai Parks will be in full swing with thrills and National Day cheer. For those of you who plan to avoid last minute shopping this gift-giving month, shopping malls will have special National Day sales featuring 60%-90% off across the city.
And for those wanting to maximize the cheer, head to City Walk for the National Day Carnival which starts early from 27 November, from 4pm-10pm daily.