Dubai’s main National Day event on Dec 1


By Staff

The main event marking the National Day celebrations in Dubai will be held at the Heritage Village in Shindaga area, which still has remnants of the ancient heritage of the emirate, on December 1.

Wild Wadi and Jumairah Beach Hotel decorated with flags. — KT photo by Mukesh Kamal
Wild Wadi and Jumairah Beach Hotel decorated with flags. — KT photo by Mukesh Kamal

With the national slogan ‘Spirit of the Union’, the ceremony marking the auspicious event will be held from 3.30pm.

The village will be full of activities even before the commencement of the main ceremony, which will be held on the Dubai Creek narrating the story of the spirit of the UAE Federation. The event will highlight the four themes of National Day — ‘Our Father Shaikh Zayed’, ‘Global Society’, ‘Our History’ and ‘Our Future’.

The Dubai Committee, overseeing the National Day celebrations in the emirate, will launch a multilingual media campaign in local dailies, television and radio channels inviting the public to attend the national event in the next few days.

The committee reviewed the arrangements made to accommodate a large number of people in the area, including a vast plot of land for parking vehicles and signboards directing the public to the venue. The committee also discussed the ways to encourage people to use the public transport modes, especially Metro Green Line at Al Ghubaiba Bus Station, which is close to the venue.

Souvenirs will be distributed to the public at the entrances of Heritage Village before the commencement of the main event on December 1.

The committee has invited all segments of the society to attend the event and enjoy shows, which will be held for the first time in the waters of Dubai Creek, and will end with spectacular fireworks.

Dubai government departments and entities have been organising events this month celebrating the great occasion and portraying the major achievements the country has made over the last 40 years.

The official activities included Dubai International Airshow which, this year, coincided with the National Day celebrations and, hence, featured shows that fit the occasion like the jets drawing the colours the UAE flag in the air that enthralled the audience.

A National Poetry Evening was organised by Willington International School. The campus hosted a number of Emirati poets, who read out their best poems on the UAE, National Day and national identity.

An event titled ‘Emarati’ (My Emirates) is being organised by Mirdiff City Centre everyday from November 1. The event focuses on making wonderful models depicting the areas of the country and their achievements. The designed models on display will provide an opportunity to the customers and visitors of the shopping centre from all walks of life to see and get acquainted with the culture of  the UAE.

Dubai hotels have also joined the celebrations, vying to win the best decoration award in a competition. The competition is designed to boost a sense of nationalism and spread the national culture among the visitors and customers in Dubai.

In addition, Al Habtoor Grand Resort will hold an endurance race in which seven teams representing the seven emirates will take part. More info