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How to celebrate National Day

How to celebrate National Day

As the UAE confirms that the UAE is, in fact, awesome (seriously, it did), Kipp looks at a few ways to mark National Day on Thursday. Enjoy your day off!

November 30, 2010 3:38 by

It’s official, the UAE is awesome. And you don’t need to take just Kipp’s word for it, either; Khaleej Times reports that the Federal National Council of the UAE (the FNC) has announced this week that the UAE has set an example which many countries wish to follow.

“The UAE federation has no longer become an experience, but an example all countries in the world view it as a success that it has surmounted all expectations due to the enormous achievements it has made within the past 39 years,” said Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, speaker of the FNC.

According to the paper, he described the federation as “a miracle being achieved by the sincere determination and vision.” The article added more voices to his, basically just surmising the same thing: that the UAE is great.

It’s would be easy for Kipp to be sarcastic at this point, but the truth is, whatever criticisms we have, overall we’re fans of the UAE. So come Thursday, the UAE National Day, we’ll be raising a gla… sorry, we’ll be cheering in celebration along with everyone else.

There are a ton of events on this National Day; here’s a rundown of the biggest (google them for start times):


Zayed and the Dream, Dubai Palladium, December 2, 3 , 4.

Glengarry Glen Ross, The Shelter, Dubai, December 3, 4.


Khalifa and Al Watan musical show, Abu Dhabi Corniche, December 2.

Ariam, Najwa Karam, Hussain Al Jasmi, Abu Dhabi Corniche, December 2.

Atelier and Michael Gray, Emirates Towers Dubai, December 2.

Roger Sanchez, Sanctuary (Atlantis) Dubai, December 2.

Sander Kleinenberg, Trilogy Dubai, December 2.

Nancy Ajram, Eidha Al Minhali, Hamada Hilal, Sabir Al Ruba’ai, Abu Dhabi Corniche, December 3.

Akon, Dubai World Trade Center, December 3.

Mansour Zayed, Hamad Al Ameri, Dyana Haddad, Khadim Al Sahir, Abu Dhabi Corniche, December 4.

Let it snow (Alison Jiear and band), MOE Dubai, December 3-6.


Nemr Abou Nassar Live, Al Murooj Rotana Dubai, December 3.


Carnival, Children’s World Abu Dhabi, December 1-4.

Carnival, Children’s World Dubai, December 1-4.

Other events:

IRB Rugby Sevens, The Sevens Dubai, December 2-4.

Abu Dhabi carnival parade, Abu Dhabi Corniche, December 2.

Dubai motorcycle parade, Wonderland Theme Park/Jumeirah Beach Road, December 2.

Classic car show, Dubai Downtown, December 2-4.

Arts and global folklore, Marina Mall Dubai, December 1-4.

Car rallies, various locations across Emirates, December 2.

Water festival, Sharjah, until December 11.

Festive Parade, Beach Road, Dubai, December 2.

Creek parade, from Sheraton Deira, December 2.

Golf Tournament, The Address Montgomerie Dubai, December 2.

And of course, fireworks all over the place. Have a great National Day.

(With thanks to Emirates 24-7, Time Out, and Gulf News.)

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