UAE National Day 2012

The city will host a wide range of events and activities to celebrate the 'Spirit of the Union' for the country's 41st National Day.

Thursday, 15th November - Sunday, 2nd December 2012
18 days
Across Dubai

The United Arab Emirates were formed on December 2, 1971, when the UK's treaty expired and the separate sheikdoms decided to form an independent union. At first the UAE was a federation of six emirates - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah was added a year later.

To celebrate the UAE’s 41st National Day, the Government of Dubai has planned a wide range of family activities and festive performances, including shows, children's attractions, a downtown parade and much more, at shopping malls, parks and other venues around town. 

The following parks - Creek Park, Zabeel Park, Mushrif Park, Mamzar Park, Safa Park and Jumeirah Park - will host an array of fun events for the whole family, such as dolphin shows, family bicycle rides, horse and camel rides, swimming pools, boat rides, kids games and BBQ areas. 

Below is a list of events that will take place during this festive time of year to commemorate the 'Spirit of the Union': 

Event Date Start time End time Venue
Dubai main celebrations: 'Spirit of the Union' - 41st UAE National Day  December 1 6pm 9pm Dubai Festival City
Downtown Dubai Parade, National Day December 2  3pm  5pm Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Dubai Government Workshop - National Day celebrations: old car exhibition, poetry evening, traditional crafts, local bazaar, traditional band shows, historical photo exhibition November 27 - 29 4pm (Tuesday-Wednesday), 9am (Thursday)  10pm Heritage Village, Bur Dubai
Digital photo exhibition "Many Faces, One Nation" November 15 - December 2 10am 10pm Mirdif City Centre
'Spirit of the Union' celebration in partnership with Dubai Customs November 29 - December 3  10am 10pm
Digital photo exhibition "Many Faces, One Nation" November 15 - December 2 10am 10pm Deira City Centre

Kids activity workshop on Centre Stage November 28 - December 2 2pm 9pm
Photo exhibition celebrating the UAE's heritage by the Emirates Photography Society (Bridge Gallery) November 18 - December 2 10am 10pm
National Day entertainment shows (1st floor)  December 2 6pm 10pm
Digital photo exhbition "Many Faces, One Nation" November 15 - December 2 10am 10pm Mall of the Emirates
'Spirit of the Union' celebration in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development November 22 - December 3 10pm 10pm
National Day arts & craft December 2 10am



Children's City

Traditional guest greeting December 2
4pm  7pm
Photo shoot with falcon December 2 4pm 7pm
Thousands of words picture December 2 4pm 7pm
Mission Impossible exhibition December 2 4pm 7pm
Traditional fashion corner December 2 4pm 7pm
Traditional band December 2 4pm 5pm
Traditional Emirati mock wedding December 2 4pm 5pm
UAE Anthem  December 2 5pm 5.30pm
Murshid & Dana photo shoot with December 2 5pm 5.30pm
'Spirit of the Union' kids Q&A December 2 5.30pm 6.30pm
Games with Yousef Al Sharif December 2 6.30pm 7pm
Historic buildings November 27 - 29 10am 10.10am

Al Shindagha

Huge traditional souq November 27 - 29 10.10am 11am
Various exhibitions November 27 - 29 10am 1am

Falcon Museum

Traditional henna November 27 - 29
10am 1am
Various traditional shows November 27 - 29
10.30am 12.30pm
Traditional Emirati mock wedding November 27 - 29
12.30pm 1am

Union Festival: traditional folk shows, concerts by Emirati singers, Emirati and international dances, Ukraine Fire Show, fireworks, parade

November 22 - december 2 4pm Midnight Global Village