Another long weekend is coming up before the year ends and that is a very important event happening on the 2nd of December. Each year, the seven domains (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah) in the eastern Arabian peninsula celebrate the 44th National Day in UAE or Yawm al watani, marking the day when the emirates severed the umbilical cord from its British Protectorate.
On December 1, 1971, the British Protectorate Treaties expired which ended the control of the United Kingdom over the monarchies. The seven United emirates became one federal nation headed by its first President Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
What to see on National Day in UAE
To commemorate this momentous day, grand celebrations are held all over the country. The celebration is never without cultural presentations and the usual civic-military parade on the main streets. These activities embody this year’s theme “Spirit of the Union”.
Educational institutions take part in the school parade where students are dressed in traditional Arab attire of thoub and kadoora. Folk dances are performed in cultural centers and school grounds.
The Dubai Car Show attracts tourists and affluent locals who love high-end automobiles. This attraction showcases the latest imported car models and its accessories.
The Air Shows and military parades are performed in Abu Dhabi, the country’s capital where the Rulers of the Emirates reside.
Trade exhibitions are held to feature the diversity of the federal emirates. This is where you can find the best buys, from the latest technology in digital gadgets to trendy clothing and sumptuous ethnic food and beverages.
The Boat Parade at the Dubai Marina Yacht Club gathers yachting enthusiasts and spectators are treated to opulent boating experience.
For the sports fanatics, the 37 km Cycle Parade will be a great attraction. If you are a fitness buff, join the “Walk the 7 Emirates”, a 7km walkathon.
To wrap your day, don’t miss the awe-inspiring fireworks display at the majestic Burj al Arab, the only 7-star hotel in the world. Hang out with your family and friends by the beach and enjoy the balmy breeze while watching the world-class display of colours illuminating the skies of the blessed nation. How the U.A.E. celebrates this day is an inspiration to all the people who take pride in being an Emirati, and you don’t even have to spend a lot of money to enjoy nationalism.