UAE National Day celebrations: 11 spots to catch spectacular fireworks this long weekend

The annual public holiday runs from December 1 to December 4, with work set to resume on Monday, December 5

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Published: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 7:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 10:45 AM

The UAE sky is set to dazzle tonight — as celebrations for the 51st National Day officially begin.

Since Thursday, residents across the country have been making the most of the long weekend, and for those who are heading out tonight, the firework show at various leisure spots should not be missed.

From Jumeirah Beach Residence to Hatta Dam, here are some of the places where you can enjoy the most stunning firework spectacles across the country.


Bluewaters Island

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Fireworks will light up the sky over Bluewaters at 8pm on December 2, with plenty more on the island’s entertainment menu leading up to the show. Guests will be kept entertained with Emirati folk tunes resounding through the island's open avenues, while henna artists and local artisans will keep alive traditions of the UAE’s forefathers.

Global Village

Spectacular colours dance across the sky at the Global Village musical firework show every Friday and Saturday at 9pm, with the National Day-inspired fireworks sure to be the most special of them all. For the best views as the sky ignites, head to Fireworks Avenue!

The Beach, JBR

Catch the illuminating firework displays by The Beach, opposite JBR and Bluewaters at 8pm today. Don’t miss out on the delicious food and beverages available across these destinations, and take advantage of the special offers running from December 2 to 4.

The 1.7km promenade at The Walk, JBR is also gearing up for a scintillating display of fireworks and live entertainment. Henna, handicrafts and falconry await visitors, alongside live folk bands for an added cultural touch.

Al Seef

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There are few better places to immerse yourself in the UAE’s distant past than Al Seef. Rich with the architecture and ambience of the nation’s rich history, this Creek side destination is pulling out all the stops this National Day with Arabian hospitality, live shows and, of course, a stunning fireworks show.

The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah

Residents wishing to catch the stunning views and firework display at The Pointe this National Day can even take in the spectacular Palm Fountain show for free on December 2, at 9pm.

Dubai Festival City Mall

The mall is kicking off celebrations with a concert by A-lister artist Fayez Al Saeed starting at 8pm today, December 2, along with a specially choreographed Imagine fireworks show at 9pm that will light up the sky in the colours of the UAE flag. The night will be capped by a thrilling performance by DJ Bliss at 9.15pm.

Abu Dhabi

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall:

This year, the mall will be pulling out all the stops at 9pm on December 2 to host the biggest fireworks show yet in the venue's history. Guests are encouraged to bring their families as the sky of Abu Dhabi lights up with the country's national colours.

Emirates Palace:

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec)

A list of the UAE's most epic National Day firework displays is incomplete without the highlight of the celebrations – the magnificent official show the country puts up every year.

This year, the show at the Adnec will showcase “moving vignettes across generations and fields through breathtaking performances, unique technologies, and projections”, according to an official.

The show will run from December 3 to 11, with several ticketing options on offer to “suit various budgets."

Yas Island

An exciting display of fireworks will be hosted at Yas Bay Waterfront, with guests encouraged to make it extra special by enjoying Abu Dhabi’s best restaurants lining the area, along with unrivalled waterfront views. The show will run on December 2 at 9pm.

Al Maryah Island

Residents and visitors can expect to witness some awe-inspiring fireworks display on December 2 and 3 at The Promenade, Al Maryah Island.

A blend of green, black, white and red fireworks, representing the national colours, will paint the sky to mark the important occasion.

The fireworks display will be open to the public with parking in close proximity for guests’ experiences.


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