The 48th UAE National Day: Unity, Legacy and Celebration

When it comes to the closing months of the year the United Arab Emirates is somewhat unique amongst commercially-led countries in that its population’s excitement over Black Friday is equalled by its excitement of another, truly special, celebration; UAE National Day.  This year we celebrate 48 years since the Emirates united together to form an ideal, a dream and a vision that would become a force to be reckoned with around the world.  The occasion of UAE National Day is an immense time of pride within the country, and a time of unity for citizens and the residents who have chosen to call the United Arab Emirates home.  The expat population is vast in number and diverse in ethnicity, culture and background, yet they stand with the UAE citizens, bonded in salute to the potential, inclusiveness and opportunity offered by this unique and growing location. 

The 48th UAE National Day is not only one of the largest annual celebrations in the country, if not the largest, it is the ultimate reflection of the culture of the UAE and the countries’ commitment to inclusion and connection.  The hospitality offered by the nation and the Emirati people is evident within all aspects of society from the residents programme to being invited into homes.  The environment they have fostered in the last 48 years really does embody the ‘legacy of our ancestors’ and their vision that together we can achieve so much.  This sentiment is one of the reasons why we have such a welcoming culture and hosting, entertaining and hospitality are such a big part of it. 

Celebrating in Style

Falling as the 48th National Day does, on Monday 2nd December, for many there will be a five day weekend in which a host of activities, events and parties will be on offer, as well as amble opportunities for private entertaining.  With so many activities scheduled, you can even choose to host in your own home whilst enjoying fabulous fireworks, stunning light shows or live music.  When it comes to seeing the sky all lit up, there will be a range of fireworks displays on both Sunday and Monday evening:

Sunday and Monday

8:00pm – Al Seef  (official fireworks)

8:30pm – La Mer

9:00pm – The Beach, JBR

Monday only

8:00pm – The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah

9:00pm – Global Village

You can also catch a special National Day version of the Imagine Water and Light Show at Dubai Festival City on Monday, with ‘Faces of the Nation’ being performed at 8:00pm and 10:00pm.  There are also a selection of free concerts at Dubai’s La Mer in honour of the National Day celebrations, so you can indulge in some amazing live music over the long weekend, the schedule includes:

Eida Al Mehnali – 9:00pm Friday

Balqees and Essa Al Marzouq – 9:00pm Sunday

Hussain Al Jassmi – 9:00pm Monday

With the temperature particularly balmy and lovely at this time of year, outdoor entertaining is an absolute must, especially if you have a view of the amazing fireworks displays!  If you are ready to transform your terrace, garden or balcony into the scene of a stunning soiree, here are our top picks for products to help make a great impression:

On behalf of the entire family at Apartment 51, we would like to wish you the most wonderful 48th UAE National Day and hope that you spend the time celebrating with family and friends, surrounded by delicious food and a welcoming, joyful atmosphere.  

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