Celebrated each year on 2 December, UAE National Day is one of the most highly anticipated holidays in the Emirates. In the period leading up to the festivities, the colours of the UAE flag decorate every corner of Dubai to build excitement. Look out for stunning decorative displays across the city as hues of red, white, green and black adorn shopping malls, skyscrapers, beaches and parks.
Cultural activities and live performances pop up, with regional stars entertaining fans. Enjoy themed activities for the family along with amazing staycation deals, shopping discounts and more. Stay tuned to this page for more details on what's happening for UAE National Day.
The UAE is formed of seven Emirates - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah. On 2 December 1971, the rulers of each emirate signed a unification agreement, transforming the separate states into a single entity. The unification was lead by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is affectionately known as the founding father of the UAE or Baba Zayed, and is the inspiration behind the thriving nation the UAE has become today.