68728 24 Sep 2018

Abu Dhabi Lights Up in Celebration of Saudi National Day

Enjoy an exciting line-up of activities between 20th – 23rd September.

Capital holds events, entertainment and activities to mark the Kingdom’s 88th National Day

Events organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi and government and private sector partners

In celebration of the strong ties between the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), together with partners from the government and private sectors in Abu Dhabi, marked Saudi National Day with a variety of memorable experiences across the capital. Saudi audiences, as well as visitors, expats and Emiratis enjoyed an exciting line-up of activities across the emirate between 20th – 23rd September.  

DCT Abu Dhabi organised spectacular displays of fireworks on 23rd September on the Corniche - where over 8,000 fireworks designed to feature the colours of the Saudi flag were set off – and also at Yas Marina on Yas Island, organized by Miral.

Key tourist attractions on Yas Island, including Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi and Yas Hotel, joined in with green-themed lighting to celebrate the day.

In addition, the Department, in collaboration with participating retailers across the emirate, launched the ‘Glam Nation: Saudi Arabia National Day’ event. The retail promotion, which ran on all four days, offered shoppers 100AED mall vouchers for every 500AED spent on Health & Beauty/Cosmetics/Perfume & Oud products across 183 stores and 400 international brands at six malls across Abu Dhabi, including Al Wahda Mall, Yas Mall, Marina Mall, Dalma Mall, Mushrif Mall, and Khalidiyah Mall.

DCT Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi International Airport, also offered complimentary luxury dining vouchers from Aqua restaurant, CuiScene restaurant, Olea, The Café, Mezzaluna, Origins and Sofra Bld. to Saudi nationals/Saudi passport-holders to mark the occasion. Saudi drivers coming into Abu Dhabi were also greeted at the Ghuwaifat border in the Al Dhafra region and Soqor Almagabeel Cultural Performers greeted Saudi visitors at the arrivals hall of Abu Dhabi International Airport on September 21st.

Malls in the emirate celebrated with Saudi traditional performances (Al Ardah) performed in Abu Dhabi city and Al Ain region.

About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike.  The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment.  Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage.  A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.