This UAE National Day experience authentic Emirati heritage at Downtown Dubai and Souk Al Bahar, which will host a wide range of entertainment activities to delight everyone. Visitors can also experience the mesmersising LED show on Burj Khalifa as well as The Dubai Fountain’s dazzling performances set to the tune of the UAE National Anthem as well as Sama Dubai and other Emirati songs.
UAE National Day Parade
The highlight of the celebration is the colourful UAE National Day Parade on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Boulevard from November 28 (except November 30) until December 3. Take advantage of those Instagrammable moments with a colourful display of over 150 UAE National flags as well as a photo-booth with the hashtag #ILOVEUAE highlighted in large letter blocks, while an Emirati majlis will showcase national attire for visitors to try on and take photographs next to the UAE themed Boulevard Trolley. The Dubai Mall too will regale visitors with a traditional band, art installations and giveaways.
Souk Al Bahar Activities
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai’s waterfront dining and leisure destination, overlooking The Dubai Mall, is an exceptional place to experience true Emirati heritage. Transforming itself into an Emirati haven of authentic goods as well as an assortment of traditional cultural events, Souk Al Bahar will host live Ayalah and Yola dance performances.
Flash mobs dressed in the UAE National Flag colours will add to the joy. Emirati presenters from the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding will provide an overview of the country’s culture and traditions to visitors. There will also be a pearl diving demo where visitors can discover pearls from a ‘Harvesting Tank’ while learning more about the techniques and stories behind pearl diving, one of the key vocations of yore. A compelling photography exhibition will take visitors through the historic sites of the nation presented by Watani Al Emarat Foundation.
Several retailers at Souk Al Bahar including Arabian Oud, Taif Al Emarat, Al Jaber Gallery, Cashmere Pashmina, Kids Zone, Siraj and Miraj Henna will have special activations to delight visitors.
What: UAE National Day Celebrations
Where: Downtown Dubai
When: November 28 to December 3, 2019