UAE National Day 2019, is fast approaching and with it comes a long weekend.
With the UAE Cabinet approving a three-day holiday Sunday December 1 for Commemoration Day and two days' holiday for UAE National Day on December 2 and 3 there's loads to do over the 48th UAE National Day
Check out the best ways to celebrate the 48th UAE National Day 2019. Make sure to check back for further updates.
If you’re in the capital, you’ll definitely not want to miss the official show for the 48th UAE National Day 2019. With stories told under the light of the moon, the massive show at Zayed Sports City that will reflect will celebrate the nation’s achievements, heritage and traditions. The celebration, named Legacy of our Ancestors, will feature immersive stories from the UAE’s past that use amazing effects, sounds and visuals to bring the tales to life on stage. A series of live performances will also take place at the event to celebrate the achievements of the UAE since its unification in 1971.
Dhs60. Mon Dec 2, 4pm onwards. Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, www.uaenationalday.ae.
Book a staycations
With the public holidays revealed for the 48th UAE National Day 2019, Rove Hotels is offering a fittingly numbered discount on rooms, brunch and dining for its extra special flash sale.
From midnight on Monday December 2 until Tuesday December 3, Rove will have a 48-hour flash sale, offering 48 percent off bookings for stays between December 7 and 24.
Prices vary (flash sale). Mon Dec 2-Tue Dec 3 (flash sale); Fri Nov 29, 11am-3.30pm Various locations including Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, Rove Trade Centre, Rove at the Park and Rove Dubai Marina, www.rovehotels.com.
Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain shows
We’re always keen to watch the tallest tower in the world, along with its amazing The Dubai Fountain, put on a spectacular show, and this year’s UAE National Day celebration will be no different. To honour the occasion, residents, tourists and shoppers can check out Burj Khalifa’s special LED light show and The Dubai Fountain will be aglow with special shows every hour from 6pm until 9pm. Any reason to catch another spectacle of lights, we say.
Free. Sun Dec 1-Tue Dec 2, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. The Dubai Fountain, Downtown Dubai.
Dig into a CrazyShake at Black Tap
Sweet tooth? The US burger joint is celebrating National Day with a shake in the colours of the UAE flag. The vanilla shake is layered with strawberry syrup, a chocolate frosted rim and lined with red, green and brown M&Ms. It’s then topped off with a giant cake slice loaded with whipped cream and crumbled pistachios.
Dhs69. Nov 30-Dec 2. Jumeriah Al Naseem, Rixos Premium JBR & InterContinental Dubai Festival City, www.blacktapme.com.
Go on a trip
With the five-day weekend coming up, what better time to take a short break while leaving the remaining holiday balance intact? Exactly, and Dubai is on the doorstep of a load of stunning destinations, whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure.
We’ve picked out seven top holiday spots all within four hours from Dubai – from Bahrain and Baku, Azerbaijan to Cairo, Egypt. Check them all out right here.
Plus Holiday Factory has launched a special National Day deal, click here for more.
Dig into a burger
Chip butty, anyone? If you’re after an actual taste of the 48th National Day, Burger & Lobster has just the special creation. For four days only, the burger joint in DIFC will be dishing out its ‘Chips Oman Burger’, a 6oz original burger served with a local Emirati twist. Priced at Dhs90, celebrators can expected beef patty topped with house made pickles, signature sauce and a crispy Chips Oman. Oh, and some biryani fries.
Dhs90. Fri Nov 29-Mon Dec 2, noon-midnight. Burj Daman Building, DIFC (04 514 8838).
Founding Fathers Exhibition
Experience the UAE’s rich legacy captured in photographs at the new Founding Fathers exhibition at Etihad Museum, displaying memories introducing visitors to important periods in UAE’s history. Organised by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Founding Fathers exhibition chronicles the country’s past and its ambitious evolution, commemorating the key moments that led to the Union’s establishment in December 1971.
Free entry. Until Tue Dec 31, Etihad Museum, 1 Jumeirah Street (04 515 5771).
Some of the biggest starts around Dubai and beyond are set to perform not one, but four concerts in top sports around the city, and they’re all completely free to check out.
Who’s headlining? Emirati icons Balqees, Hussain Al Jassmi, Hamad Al Amri and Eida Al Menhali together with Kuwaiti star Essa Al Marzouq to dazzle fans at La Mer from 8.35pm at La Mer from Friday November 29 until Monday December 2, and at Global Village on National Day itself from 9pm.
To find out who’s playing when, click here.
Free. Fri Nov 29-Mon Dec 2, times vary. Various locations including La Mer; Global Village, www.dubaicalendar.com.
Ketch Up Dubai
A popular choice of Ketch Up Dubai’s is of course it’s signature UAE burger, filled with flavours from the Middle East, and throughout UAE National Day weekend, you can get a special deal on it.
For Dhs75 from Saturday November 30 until Monday December 2, tuck into a juicy beef halloumi and mint burger, coupled along with chunky potato wedges and a drink of your choice. Not a bad way to celebrate.
Dhs75 (UAE burger meal). Sat Nov 30- Mon Dec 2, 11am-1am. Bluewaters Dubai (050 750 7424).
Studio One Hotel
It’s the long weekend, so why not stay over at the Studio One Hotel for two nights? Especially since it’s priced at Dhs480 just to celebrate National Day.
Available from Friday November 29 to Tuesday December 3, guests can get in on the offer by heading to www.studioonehotel.com. Even better, there will be some National Day entertainment on Monday December 2 so guests can still enjoy the festivities on staycation.
Dhs480 (two nights). Fri Nov 29-Tue Dec 3. Studio City Hotel, Dubai Studio City, www.studioonehotel.com (800 788346).
Super Sports Run 10 Miler 2
The ongoing 10 Miler season returns, the second of five races, but this time it’s a UAE National Day special. Know what that means? Runners are encouraged to wear the UAE flag or its colours (or both) loud and proud. Don’t think you can hack the 16km during the start of the long weekend? Not to worry, as runners can also join the 3km, 5km or 10km as well. If you’re looking to celebrate while sweating it out, look no further.
From Dhs125. Fri Nov 29, 7.30am onwards. The Track, Meydan Golf (050 164 6967).
The colours of the UAE Flag make for a fantastic (and delicious) set up for Tanuki, and it’s taking full advantage of the special day with a limited-time Flag Day sushi platter.
From Saturday November 30 until Monday December 2, foodies can get a platter filled with rolls of California, wasabi tempura prawn, spicy maguro and sake california presented in the shape of the UAE flag.
Dhs60 (flag platter). Sat Nov 30- Mon Dec 2, 11am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 580 8228).
TRYP by Wyndham
If you’re in need of a getaway but still want to be where Dubai’s thriving nightlife and foodie scene is, TRYP by Wyndham has just the (affordable) staycation offer for you.
From Thursday November 28 until Thursday December 5, guests will get a nifty 20 percent discount on rooms, starting from Dhs290, along with two complementary beverages per stay and breakfast rates from Dhs48.
From Dhs290. Thu Nov 28-Thu Dec 5. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 247 6666).
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Those that prefer to spend their time soaking up the winter sun by the beach for the extra-long weekend coming up, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah has just the exclusive offer.
Take on the ‘GCC Residents Staycation’, boasting a 30 percent discount off room or suite reservations, breakfast for each day, 25 percent off food and beverage across any of the hotel’s six restaurants, along with a 25 percent off spa treatments.
It doesn’t stop there, as staycationers can also use all the non-motorised water sports activities for Dhs199 per person for the day. Even more fun in the sun.
Booking have to be made before Saturday November 23, so get planning, pronto.
Prices vary. Book before Sat Nov 23. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).