What is National Day and Why is this year’s so special?

Are you ready for National Day celebrations or confused on what all the fuss is about!? 😃🧐🤔

Don’t worry, we’ve summed it up for you in this post so if you live here or are travelling to the UAE during this time, you’ll understand and be able to get involved in celebrations near you!

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– Be mindful if you’re in a built up city in the coming days, the turn up is about to get real so be sure to check out travel routes and leave lots of time to reach your meetings and celebrations plans!

– Be sure to look out for black owned events happening this week in our events section.

1. What is National day?

UAE National Day is a celebration of the formation of the 7 states, making up the United Arab Emirates.

2. When is National Day?

The National Day is celebrated on 2nd December each year and is usually a public bank holiday with lots of events and celebrations across the United Arab Emirates.

3. When was The UAE formed?

On 2nd December 1971, the rulers of six Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain), signed a federation agreement, creating one central government between independently run states.

Later, on 10th February 1972, Ras Al Khaimah joined the federation as the 7th Emirate, forming the United Arab Emirates we know today, with Abu Dhabi as the national capital of the federation.

4. Why is this year so special?

2nd December 2021 marks 50 years of the United Arab Emirates.

This year will see The UAE’s Golden Jubilee with grand nationwide celebrations to be expected. An official public holiday has been announced from Wednesday 1st December, creating a 4 day weekend for most employees.

5. How will you celebrate National Day?

There will be plenty to see and do so be sure to check out your favourite spots to find out how you can get involved.

The UAE’s Official Golden Jubilee celebration with start in Hatta at the natural location of Hatta Dam & the Hajar Mountains, streamed live on all local TV stations from 5.30pm, 2nd December. The show will be open to the public for 9 days starting from the 4th until 12th December, 2021. Tickets are available from www.uaenationalday.ae


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