Fireworks OliOli, the experiential play museum, is undergoing a redesign, introducing over 45 interactive galleries for family-friendly events. Explore “Magical Winterland,” the UAE’s largest miniature winter town, featuring 700+ miniature pieces, interactive tunnels, and a new lodge with winter-themed activities. Standard PLUS tickets for an adult and a child start at Dh149.
Gymboree, a global leader in early learning and play centres, opens its second branch in Dubai’s Springs Souk. This centre caters to newborns to six-year-olds, offering a travel-themed experience with ‘Gymbo Around the World’ adventures. Early enrolment comes with a 10% discount.
Sweet Treats and Celebrations: Kishmish and Four Seasons
Kishmish, Dubai’s first gourmet Afghan restaurant, celebrates UAE National Day by offering free complimentary dessert. Enjoy the traditional Emirati dish, Luqaimat, served with Afghan ice cream Sheer Yahk, as a delightful addition to lunch and dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre and Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach mark UAE Union Day with homemade pastries and cookies at Shai Salon. Guests can also indulge in the Emirates Flower dessert at Penrose Lounge and Mina Brasserie.
Spectacular Fireworks and Shopping Extravaganza: Fireworks
The Burj Khalifa hosts one of the world’s most extensive fireworks displays for UAE National Day. Choose from viewing locations like Boxpark, Dubai Water Canal, Business Bay, and Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard Road.
Don’t miss out on The National Day Sale, starting on UAE National Day, offering fantastic deals at participating malls, boutiques, shops, and businesses. Explore unique handcrafted goods to upscale premium designer labels.
Cultural Delights in Old Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed Centre and Al Seef Heritage Hotel
For a quieter celebration, Old Dubai offers museums, exhibitions, and traditional Emirati restaurants. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organizes storytelling sessions, Arabic coffee competitions, and henna corners. Experience an Arabian Night at Al Seef Heritage Hotel with live oud performances and an Arabic buffet dinner.
Decadent Delights and Limited Edition Treats: Waldorf Astoria and Taj Exotica
Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre introduces limited edition cakesicles inspired by the UAE’s seven Emirates flag, available from November 28 to December 2. Priced at Dh250 for a box of 8, the cakesicles come in various flavours and eco-friendly packaging.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa presents the Saffron Latte, a special drink for UAE National Day. Available from December 1 to 3 at Emperor’s Lounge, guests can enjoy this unique beverage at a special price of Dh52, along with a selection of cakes and Arabic sweets.
Adventure and Thrills: Jebel Jais and Planet Terra
Thrill-seekers can celebrate UAE National Day atop Jebel Jais with activities at Jais Adventure Park and Bear Grylls Explorers Camp. Activities include the world’s longest zipline, the Jais Flight, Toboggan ride, and Jais Sky Tour.
Planet Terra, the vegan café, celebrates UAE National Day on December 2 by offering a 52% discount on all coffee purchases at its branches in The Greens and Ibis World Trade Centre. Guests can enjoy a vegan coffee menu with classic espresso options, speciality drinks, and various brewing methods.
French Flavours and Union Day Parade: EU Food Truck and City Walk
The European Union and the French Dairy Board celebrate UAE National Day at The Walk at JBR with a food truck showcasing French butter. The truck offers tastings, guessing games, and a spin-the-wheel game, featuring different butter flavours prepared by Chef Thomas Duhamel.
City Walk celebrates UAE Union Day with a two-day entertainment performance and a Union Day parade on December 1. The parade features Dubai Police, school students, and performers showcasing the spirit of unity. Live performances will take place on December 2 and 3.
Theme Park Fun: Dubai Parks and Resorts Extravaganza
Dubai Parks and Resorts celebrate the UAE’s 52nd Union Day from December 1 to 3. RIVERLAND™ Dubai will host a laser show and ‘Dino Mania’ show. MOTIONGATE Dubai offers live shows, dance performances, and diverse cuisine. LEGOLAND Dubai features sustainability-themed activities and a UAE flag-themed BRICKS BRUNCH. Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, offers UAE Union Day-themed treats and activities.