National Day celebrations in Dubai

<em>Time Out</em> looks back at National Day and experiences the celebrations around the city.

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The whole country was splashed in red, black and green as Emiratis took to the streets to celebrate 37 years of the UAE last Tuesday – perhaps not surprisingly given the country’s extraordinary development in recent years.

Go back a few decades and Dubai was a smattering of low-rise buildings around the Creek, Jumeirah was little more than a fishing village and the ‘Dubai vision’ seemed light years away.

Fast forward to today and we’re looking at the Burj Dubai, Dubai-land and a permanent spot on the global map.

To celebrate such extraordinary progress, locals and even a few keen expats burned through
the streets in 4x4s and hatchbacks in a public display of Sheikh affection.

One of the charming things about life in the UAE is the genuine enthusiasm among nationals for their country. After all, where else would you see a world leader in a love heart on the back of a Hummer?

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Get deals at restaurants including Zheng He’s and Palace Downtown

You’ll also get discounts at spas, bars and restaurants

Whether you’re surfing, floating, or plummeting, here’s where to make a splash


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