Emirati cultural evening This event, on Wednesday November 28, features an Emirati conversation demonstration, cultural tips, cuisine and info on UAE history. Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm, November 28. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village (800 3866).
Global Village National Day celebrations Enjoy nightly live music concerts, a parade, Arabic coffee and dates, poetry, fireworks and a performance from the police band. Dhs10 per person. Gates open 4pm, shows start 6pm, November 29-December 2. Emirates Road, www.globalvillage.ae (04 362 4114). Downtown Dubai National Day Parade On Sunday December 2, floats, performers, horses, camels and music groups take part in a lavish parade. Free. 3pm-5pm, December 2. Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.mydowntowndubai.com (no number).
National Day at Bloomingdale’s The store will host live entertainment and activities such as basket weaving. You can also buy gifts and other items inspired by the UAE flag. Daily from 5pm, November 30-December 2. The Dubai Mall (04 350 5333).
National Day photography exhibition Dubai Culture & Arts Authority hosts an exhibition that looks back at the UAE’s history. Until December 5. Union House, 2nd of December Street, www.dubaiculture.ae.
Watch Freej Folklore on screen The largest Arabian theatrical production of all time, Freej Folklore is being shown in both English and Arabic. Free. English screening 3pm; Arabic 6pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Catch a falcon show and more Shoppers visiting Arabian Centre today can enjoy traditional entertainment, free henna painting and a National Day falcon display. Until December 2. Arabian Centre, Mirdif (04 284 5555).
Boardwalk’s BBQ Donuts Celebrate National Day with a floating barbecue of local dishes, which you cook yourself aboard a donut-shaped vessel on the creek. Dhs150 per person. Daily noon-9pm. Until December 22. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Grand Millennium’s National Day deal The hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant, Atrium, hosts a buffet with Emirati dishes such as harees, vegetable saloona and kuneefa. The lobby will serve Arabic coffee, dates and sweets, as well as hosting henna hand painting, and there will be a cake cutting at 11am. Dhs135 (lunch buffet with soft drinks). Buffet noon-3.30pm. Today only. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
Imperium’s National Day menu Try lunch or dinner made from local specialities, such as lamb ouzi with oriental rice and machboos lamb, devised by the hotel’s Emirati chef, Mussabeh. Dhs225; half price for children under 12. 12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Today only. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
KGrill’s National Day promotion Enjoy Emirati specials, including a camel-meat barbecue station. Dhs195; Dhs95 for kids aged six to 12, free for kids under six. 12.30pm-4pm. Today only. Kempinski Hotel,Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 409 5999).
Palmito Garden’s National Day barbecue An Arabic themed barbecue, with live entertainment from the Arabic band. Dhs250; Dhs125 (children aged six to 12). 7pm-11pm. Today only. Jebel Ali Golf Resort (04 814 5604).
Ahlan Bollywood at Festival Park A National Day-themed concert with performances from Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Zarine Khan and Sophie Chowdhary, plus qawwali singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Dhs180-4,000. 9pm-midnight. Festival Park, Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
So Rich So Pretty at Rare The Parisian clubbing brand arrives for a National Day-themed celebration, with sets from Romain Saint Gilles and Mo Tiger. Dhs100 (men, including one drinks), free (ladies). 10pm-3am. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 505 7580).
Marks & Spencer winter 2012 lingerie collection The sassy new line combines sumptuous fabrics, intricate textures and embellishments, plus elegant shapewear. Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has designed a small line that features Brazilian knickers and kimono-style robes. From Dhs45 to Dhs275. Marks & Spencer, various locations including Festival Centre (04 206 6466).
Free celebratory T-shirt at Bambah and The Zoo Spend Dhs200 at either of these boutiques over the National Day weekend and you’ll get a free ‘I heart the Emirates’ T-shirt with your purchase. Until December 2. 142 Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 5585).
Arabian Centre’s National Day celebrations This small Mirdif-based mall is providing traditional entertainment, free henna painting and a falcon display in the run-up to National Day on Sunday December 2. Five shoppers will also have the chance to win their ‘wish’, worth up to Dhs5,000, when they draw it on the digital canvas provided, and there’s a chance to win Dhs1,000 in shopping vouchers. Until December 2. Arabian Centre, Mirdif (04 284 5555).
Win Dhs15,000 at Mirdif City Centre for National Day Express your love for the UAE and take a fun picture inside the photo booth at this mall before Sunday December 2 and you’ll go into the draw to win Dhs15,000. Until December 2. Mirdif City Centre (800 642).
Madinat Jumeirah’s National Day package The hotel group, which includes Al Qasr, Mina A Salam and Dar Al Masyaf villas, offers a programme of family-friendly events, including camel riding and henna painting, as well as a 20 percent discount at Talise Spa. Rooms from Dhs2,300 per night. Valid November 30-December 8 2012. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6200).
St Regis Saadiyat Island’s National Day celebrations Stay on Saturday December 1 or Sunday 2 and enjoy special rates, as well as an Arabic lunch buffet at Oléa, including mezze, grilled seafood and live cooking stations. The hotel is also offering special Christmas escape packages, available to book now, which include food and accommodation on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. National Day package Dhs1,500 per room per night. Valid December 1-2 2012. Christmas package Dhs1,400 per room per night. Valid December 24-25 2012. St Regis Saadiyat Island, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com (02 498 8888).