The United Arab Emirates will be celebrating the 48th anniversary of the National Day on December 2, 2019. The date, also known as the Union Day commemorates the unification of the seven Emirates into what is today known as the United Arab Emirates. This year, the government has announced a three-day long holiday to celebrate the special day and this holiday also apply to those who work in the private sector. It will run from Sunday, December 1 to Tuesday, December 3 and promises to be a great weekend.

The celebration of the National Day does not just entail sleeping the free days away but is an avenue to enjoy the various activities going on around the country. In Dubai, you can choose to go out or stay indoors while you watch the national parades or spend some time with loved ones. The most important and popular activity during this period is watching fireworks in one of the several spots that have been dedicated to lighting up the sky in commemoration of the day. As the day draws closer, we have compiled a list of the best places in Dubai to celebrate this day of festivities and they include the best spots to watch fireworks, parades, traditional dances and eat.

Below are some of the best places in Dubai to celebrate the UAE National Day.

1. La Mer

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Between December 1 and December 2, the whole city will be filled with fireworks and La Mer is one spot you can be guaranteed to make it an experience worth committed to memory. You can celebrate the National Day by seeing the fireworks light up the sky above the waterfront from this beachfront. There are also restaurants around where you can enjoy a good meal before the fireworks begin by 8:30pm.

While anticipating the main day, celebration would have already started as a number of places already have events lined up a week before the National Day. La Mer will be hosting Emirati singer, Eida Al Menhali on November 29 while icons Balqees and Essa Al Marzouq will be performing the following day. On the National Day, Hussain Al Jassmi will be at the festival to perform his hits. With all that it offers, La mer is definitely one of the best places to celebrate National Day in Dubai.

2. The Pointe

The Pointe is one of the most iconic spot in the whole of Dubai to watch fireworks on National Day and this year, the waterfront destination will be putting on a fantastic show on the day. You can have a nice time, as well as snap memorable pictures with Atlantis, The Palm as a backdrop by getting yourself down to this amazing spot on time.

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Aside from fireworks, The Pointe will also be hosting other events in commemoration of the National Day and they include performances by Ayala and Garbiya bands as well as Razfa dancers. There is also a National Day discount in some select retail outlets and the waterfront will be warped up with exciting National Day decorations.

3. The Beach, JBR

On December 1 and December 2, the whole family can pack themselves to The Beach, JBR to view the amazing show of fireworks sure to go fantastic as ever. Being a prime viewing spot, it is advisable to get there early so as to get a good spot to enjoy the show as many locals as well as tourists would find their ways down to the destination that day.

4. Global Village

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Global Village in Dubai has been listed as one of the best places to celebrate the National Day in the whole of Dubai. The fireworks in this spot are always amazing and the show on National Day promises to be more grandiose. You should get yourself down to this spot before 9pm so that you can capture the spectacular show on camera and keep the picture as a momentum for the next year.

Aside from the fireworks show, Global Village also has a host of events lined up to celebrate the day, such as the highly-anticipated concert that promises a performance from the Arabic icon, Hamad Al Amri which is scheduled to hold on December 2.

5. Al Seef

For this year’s National Day celebration, Al Seef in Dubai Creek, Old Dubai, will be having spectacular shows of fireworks on December 1 and December 2 and it promises to be a memorable one. The show starts by 8pm so make sure to get there on time so as not to miss any moment of the spectacular display of beauty.

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6. Dubai Festival City

This place will not only glow with the effects of the fireworks show it promises to hold on December 2 but also with the glitz of the IMAGINE show that will be the highlight of the night. The IMAGINE show will beam the colors of the UAE flag across the waters of the Festival Bay.

In conjunction with having the best fireworks shows in Dubai, these places are also very good for watching the National Day parades. It has been established that outdoors is the best place to celebrate the national day, therefore, after enjoying the parades, you can opt for any of the other activities that take up the day. These activities include modern and traditional musicians playing and performing in various places such as halls, restaurants, malls and more.

The preparation and anticipation is coming to a climax as Ayala, Razfa and Liwa performances are already being scheduled to hold in various places in the city from 29 November to 3 December. Between 3pm and 9pm, you can watch one of these spectacular shows in any of The Outlet Village, City Centre Midriff, City Centre Deira, The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Walk, Box Park, and Mall of the Emirates.

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Another interesting place to celebrate the National Day in Dubai is in malls as there are always several deals during the National Day celebration which you can take advantage of.

Finally, when going out to celebrate the United Arab Emirates’ National Day, it is a prerequisite to go with a lot of the country’s flags and clothes while also picking up some National day decoration such as face paint. After the long weekend of celebration, all you can look forward to is the New Year celebration, which is sure to get the city pumped again.