The 48th National Day is just a few days away and people are already making plans for the memorable day. An event that has been set aside for the 2nd of December and has taken place 47 times, people come out en masse to celebrate this great day as a public holiday is always observed all across the country.

This year’s National Day falls on a Monday, which extends, what would have on its own been a great weekend. The fact that it coincides with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will even make it more memorable and fun-filled.

However, if you haven’t made any plans yet or perhaps you don’t know where to enjoy the festive period, below are the best places in Abu Dhabi to celebrate this year’s National Day.

1. Yas Island

Sunday, December 1 is the supposed race day and what’s better than watching the biggest Formula One event in UAE the day before the National Day? It’s going to be a long weekend in Abu Dhabi as the popular American DJ; DJ Marshmello will turn deck on Thursday, November 28 before Future and Gucci Mane take the stage the following day. The Abu Dhabi Formula One will finally take place on Sunday, December 1 and it promises to be a fun-filled one. It’s definitely the perfect place to be as part of the National Day’s plan.

2. Zayed Sport City

The UAE’s 48th National Day will be marked at the Zayed Sport City and it is themed “The Legacy of our Ancestors”. This event will be used to communicate the history of UAE to the spectators using special effects, sounds and visuals to aid lively communication. It will be a day filled with history and a lot of people are going to be there to witness the country’s biggest national event in the country’s biggest sport center with a crowd capacity of over 43,000.

3. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

One of the biggest hotels in the city will also be celebrating the National Day with a couple of events ranging from cake cutting to Emirati cooking classes. Guests of the hotel will be treated to a nice afternoon local tea which will greatly compliment the day as they also get to enjoy the rich history and past events of the country. Expats will also have the opportunity to learn a lot about the country’s tradition which will further enhance cultural promotion.

4. Khalifa Park

A memorable carnival will be held at the Khalifa Park on National Day and it promises to be fun-filled. The park will host the carnival along with a food festival which will begin on Monday, December 2 and end on Saturday, December 7. To further make the day memorable, there will also be music shows, fashion shows and cultural displays about the country.

5. National Towers

At the National Towers, good time with a lot of fun and wonderful moments in celebration of National Day. The events of the day will give guests the opportunity to take personalized photos taken with the official UAE flag colors. There will also be a launching of the National Towers Mall where a grand prize raffle draw and 2 Nissan Patrol cars will be given away as part of the celebration.

6. Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club

As part of the National Day celebrations, Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club will host a special polo match which will be showed to the people of Abu Dhabi without having to pay a dime. There will also be other actions like falconry shows, camel and pony rides on the racing pitch coupled with picnic areas and the chance to meet the renowned polo players in the country.

7. Qasr Al Watan

The National Day Celebrations will be hosted at the Qasr Al Watan with the unveiling of the cultural center which will be used to host the subsequent National Day celebrations. As part of the celebrations, there are going to be parade horses, cyclists and the Abu Dhabi Police band to pay homage to the cultural achievement of the country, highlighting the success of the country and its evolution from past to perfect.

8. Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld will be hosting a water battle in celebration of the National Day with an open entry for everyone who’s interested in the water battle. Everybody will have the opportunity to partake in the water battle as longs as they come early enough because a lot of people are going to be trooping in to witness the great game which will take place in the Awaji Wave Pool.

9. Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

Fans will get to see their favorite singers Fatima Zahrat Alain, Mohammed Al Matroushi and Hazza Al Dhanhani on the day after the National Day. In action are also going to be poets Mohammd Al Saqri and Mohammed Elbriki. The program begins on the 28th of November and shoppers will have the opportunity to win a Ford F-150 when they spend a certain amount of money in any of the stores in the mall.