Street artist Noushe teams up with Ray-Ban as part of its #Campaign4Change pop-up. The artist will transform a blank canvas on the side of a shipping container into a themed graphic, while the first 100 shoppers to purchase a pair of Ray-Bans at the pop-up will get a personalised case designed by Noushe. Free to attend. Nov 25-Dec 8. The Walk, JBR, www.ray-ban.com.
The camel is one of the most endearing and enduring symbols of the UAE, and the inaugural Camel Marathon on Thursday December 3 will be held to both celebrate National Day and highlight the need to preserve the country’s culture and heritage. Organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, in partnership with the Dubai Camel Racing Club, more than 1,000 camels will race along a 50km course. Free to spectate. December 3, timings to be announced. Al Marmoum, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dcrc.ae (04 832 61790).
BurJuman is hosting an in-mall carnival, treating shoppers to dancing and live music around the atrium and corridors of the shopping centre. December 1-2, 10am-10pm. BurJuman, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road, Bur Dubai, www.burjuman.com (04 352 0222).
Soak up the atmosphere and watch the spectacular UAE National Day Boat Parade at Dubai Marina Yacht Club. Yachts decked out in UAE colours will sail in convoy down the length of the Marina. On land, there will be kids’ entertainment and a treasure hunt, live cooking stations and music. Free to spectate. December 2, noon-6pm, boat parade from 2pm-3pm. Dubai Marina, www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com (04 362 7900).
Head to this trendy mall in Jumeirah to see a vibrant showcase of festivities including UAE-inspired graffiti walls, local dancers and prize draws. Performances and shows will take place throughout the weekend all around BoxPark. Free. December 2-5, 1pm-10pm. BoxPark, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, www.boxpark.ae.
The Emirati Village features car shows by Nissan, Mini Cooper, Corvette and Classic cars to dazzle visitors. The Dubai Police adds to the festivities grandeur with a Ladies Bike show.
It also showcases the pride of Emirati culture within five tents that house a host of fun-filled local events.
A traditional costume tent allows visitors the chance to dress up in local attire and capture these memories with a professional photographer on site. Another tent showcases the intricate detail and beauty of the traditional art of Henna with an artist who can treat guests to a temporary henna tattoo. Visitors can also enjoy a true Arabian experience in a traditional Majlis seating area where they can watch freshly baked Arabic dessert bread being prepared by local women and sample the baked goods and a selection of Arabic sweets and coffee. Videos and pictures of the changing face of Dubai will be displayed in the Village, giving tourists insight on how the city has evolved.
In honour of National Day, The Farm will host a traditional UAE bazaar from 10am to 5pm where visitors can buy arts and crafts, jewelry, camel milk chocolates, dates and local clothing, get henna on their hands, and children can participate in various fun activities.
The Arabian Center in conjugation with Dubai Civil Defense is inviting residents and visitors to reflect on a patriotic journey and to take pride in how far the UAE has come as a country, starting with the hoisting of the UAE flag.