52st UAE National Day 2023: Things to do

52st UAE National Day 2023

The UAE National Day is right around the corner, and anyone who loves this country knows it’s time to go wild with various fun activities, fireworks and cultural performances. Whether you’re looking forward to watching the fireworks or having a blissful barbecue night with your family, UAE celebrates this occasion enthusiastically. This year, the public and private sectors will enjoy a 4-day long weekend from Thursday, December 1st to Sunday, December 4th 2023, due to the 52st UAE National Day 2023. Keep reading to know more about all the fun activities UAE offers for these four days.

History of UAE National Day

Let us first dive into how UAE came to be and its progress to what it has ever since. Many years ago, before the union of the seven emirates, each city – known as the Trucial States, was colonized by the Portuguese initially and then the British.

In 1960, Abu Dhabi unearthed oil. Then, the sheikhdoms decided to join hands and structure a council known as the Trucial States Council. The union included the initial Trucial States, Bahrain, and Qatar, to be nine emirates countries. Although, due to political disagreements, Bahrain and Qatar further decided to be independent countries.

Towards the end of November 1971, Iranian troops captured part of Ras al Khaimah. They forcibly displaced its citizens to another location, martyring a young soldier on whose honor the UAE embarks the Commemoration Day on November 30th.

On December 1st, the remaining states, i.e., Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain and Fujairah, agreed to sign the founding treaty.

On December 2nd, all six states joined the Union House as the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi was declared the capital of the country. After almost two months, Ras Al Khaimah joined this treaty; in 1972, the initial states, formerly known as the Trucial States, were addressed as the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates.

Today, UAE is the most influential country in the Middle East, with oil and tourism industry growth. A country that defies every limitation and aims higher and higher.

Did you know? Each colour in the UAE flag symbolizes a characteristic portrayed by the country. Green symbolizes hope, optimism, joy, and love. Black determines the strength of the mind and the enemies’ defeat. White is said to portray honesty and peace. Lastly, the Red colour conveys the country’s everlasting bravery, courage and strength vertically, conveying the unison of the representation of the other colours.


A strong country was born on this day, and the citizens/residents of UAE celebrate this day of freedom and unison in the most extravagant ways. Each emirate’s public and private sector in the country celebrates this union anniversary in their own special ways. Here are a few things you can do during your National Day Holidays.

UAE National Day 2023 In Abu Dhabi

  • Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

Abu Dhabi will host a nine-day event from December 3rd to December 11th 2023, in the National Exhibition Center. The show will be a walkthrough of the diverse culture of the early times and the modern advancements of the country. Various inspiring discoveries and innovations through many generations will be portrayed through exciting performances and unique technologies. To book your tickets, visit ADNEC.

  • Fireworks

Zayed Heritage Festival, Madinat Zayed, Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Dahfra or Abu Dhabi Corniche are great places to watch the wonderful lights break through the sky.

  • Sheikh Zayed Festival

The Sheikh Zayed Festival at Al Wuhtba is set to bring you many fun activities and shows. The festival begins at 4 pm on 2nd & 3rd December 2023. The tickets are priced at AED 5 and can be bought from their website here.

  • Air Show

Abu Dhabi is all set with its new fighter planes, Mirage 2000 and F-16 jets, to soar across the sky for the air show. The show will occur over the Abu Dhabi Corniche between 4 – 5 pm.

UAE National Day 2023 In Dubai

  • Fireworks
  1. There is no National Day celebration without fireworks, and Dubai is known for its extravagant display of sparkling fireworks. The following locations will be elevating your vision towards the glimmering night sky:
  2. Global Village – A family destination featuring cultures, traditions and food from around the world will host grand National Day fireworks in honour of the country at 9 pm.
  3. Dubai Festival City – A spectacular show involving fountains, laser lights and the UAE essence in the most family-friendly shopping mall. There’s music, food and cultural performances.
  4. Bluewaters Island – Experience the traditional culture, enjoy Emirati music and apply henna at the Bluewaters Islands before you set your eyes on the most eye-catching fireworks across the area, featuring the Ain Dubai at 8 pm.
  5. The Pointe – You can view The Palm light up right before you at The Pointe at 9 pm.
  6. Al Seef – The historic location in Old Dubai will host various events and parades starting at 4 pm. The fireworks will be displayed between 8 pm – 10 pm.
  • Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa

The infamous Dubai fountain show at the Dubai Mall is a long-going ritual on the UAE National Day.

In Sharjah

  • Al Dhaid City

A plethora of fun awaits you at Al Dhaid City with various activities, cultural performances and more from 4 pm – 10 pm

  • KhorFakkan

The Khorfakkan Amphitheatre will host an event featuring various musical and cultural performances on December 3rd 2023.


The UAE, particularly Dubai, is a standard for extravagance and lavish living. The country is rich in culture and innovation. UAE is a great example of a country that focuses on future enhancements and modern advancements and has not lost touch with its cultural and traditional roots. We wish you all a very happy 52st UAE National Day! To learn more about the history and culture of the United Arab Emirates, you are always welcome to our blog.

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