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Dubai UAE National Day In Dubai 2015

UAE National Day  2015(2)

 UAE National Day in Dubai 2015

Here we take a look at all the celebrations and festivities to welcome the UAE into it's 44th year!

About National Day

UAE National Day is celebrated on 2nd December each year for two days or more (usually on the 2nd and 3rd). It marks the UAE's formal nationalization from the British Protectorate Treaties which ended on December 1, 1971 and the eventual unification of the seven emirates in 1971 which combined to form the modern-day country.

Commemoration Day (Martyr's Day) and National Day Holidays
The Commemoration Day (Martyr's Day) and UAE National Day holidays are looming, and are respectively on Monday November 30th, and Wednesday December 2nd.

But it seems instead of keeping both dates separate, the day off for Martyr's day may be attached to the UAE National Day holidays, leaving a long weekend! 

  • So far, The UAE Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has confirmed that all ministries and federal institutions in the UAE will remain closed from Tuesday December 1st until Saturday December 5th on the occasion of Commemoration Day (Martyr's Day) and National Day, work will resume on Sunday December 6th.
  • The Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) has announced that all schools will be closed from Tuesday December 1st to Thursday December 3rd in honour of Martyr's Day and the UAE National Holiday. 
  • The UAE Ministry of Labour has confirmed that the private sector will remain closed on December  2 and 3 on the occasion of National Day and Commemoration Day, formerly known as Martyrs’ Day. Therefore, the public sector will have a four day holiday, as the two days combine with the weekend. 

Car Decoration Guidelines
Guidelines have been issued for the UAE National Day celebrations that drivers are expected to follow and respect over the holiday period. 

Roads will be monitored by Dubai Police to ensure the guidelines are upkept across the Emirates. 

The guidelines include: 
  • Motorists are prohibited from changing the colour of their vehicles and posting inappropriate and/or obscene words and phrases on the car’s body
  • Vehicles are prohibited from carrying more than the permitted number of people and passengers are warned against sticking any part of their body out of the vehicle
  • Motorists are warned against installing a flag, obscuring the windshield and front-door windows with tint or sprays and stopping their vehicles in the middle of the road
  • The directorate also warned motorists against disrupting the flow of traffic, parking on main and internal roads, parking on bus stops and taxi stations
  • Installing parts that increase noises of vehicles or performing any alterations to the engines are not allowed
  • Do not to use sprays to tint the windshield or the driver’s window

SEE ALSO: Check out the images from the 2013 Studio City National Day celebrations right here! 

Spirit of the Union

The theme, Spirit of the Union, is to remain the official theme for the UAE's upcoming 44th National Day celebrations on December 2nd. 

UAE national day 2015

Residents and visitors to the UAE can expect to join in plenty of events and activities that are currently being planned for this year's celebrations, which will highlight the UAE's values, heritage, culture and achievements.

Keep checking back here for all the latest news, updates and events about UAE National Day!

What's Going On?

There's plenty of activities going on across the Emirate that everyone can get involved with to celebrate the 44th UAE National Day! 

Abu Dhabi National Day

The Parade Downtown Dubai by Emaar 2015
When: Saturday, 28th November 2015
Where: Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Time: 3pm - 5pm

UAE National Day Dubai Celebration
When: Tuesday, 1st December 2015
Where: Dubai Design District Waterfront
Time: 6pm onwards
Contact: uaenatdaydxb@dwtc.com

Walk the Seven Emirates
When: Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Where: Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Time: Full Day
Contact: www.nasst.ae

44th National Day Heritage Celebrations
When: Wednesday, 2nd - Friday, 4th December 2015
Where: Heritage & Diving Village
Time: 5pm - 10pm
Tel: 04 515 5000

UAE National Day Boat Parade
When: Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Where: Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Tel: 04 362 7900

Cycling Parade, 37km
When: Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Where: Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Time: Full Day
What: Set the world record of the largest UAE moving flag! 

Flag Martyr Exhibition
When: Until Thursday, 3rd December 2015
Where: Dubai Airport
What: The Exhibition follows the story of Salem Suhail Khais, who is considered the first martyr killed from the UAE in defence of his homeland. 

Journey to the Union
When: Until Thursday, 3rd December 2015
Where: Dubai Festival City Mall
What: It showcases the early crucial steps taken on the way to founding the UAE in 1971. 

Fireworks Display
When: Wednesday, 2nd December - Friday, 4th December 2015
Where: The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence
Time: Daily at 8.30pm

Visit one of Dubai's Malls

We can always rely on our fantastic shopping malls across the Emirate to give us a show when it comes to celebrating UAE National Day! In fact, we won't be disappointed this year as shopping malls will stage a number of activities in line with this year's theme, Spirit of the Union.

There's lots of events going on in the following:
  • The Dubai Mall: There's everything from a children's parade, a Dubai Police band performance, balloon giveaways to chocolate and coffee distribution.
  • City Centre Deira, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Mirdif: They will all sport their new National Day decorations and hold a lot of activities in each.
  • Mall of the Emirates: Don't miss the National Day Fashion Parade from November 20th to December 3rd at the Central Galleria! There's lots more, too.
  • Ibn Battuta Mall: From November 26th to December 5th, shoppers can expect lots of activities showcasing the UAE's culture and heritage.
  • THE BEACH, opposite JBR: Don't miss our favourite firework shows! There'll also be jugglers, a horse show, kid's entertainment and a flash mob!
  • CITY WALK: Don't miss the fireworks, the LED roaming dancers and UAE dance performances.
  • BOXPARk: In honour of National Day, expect graffiti artists creating UAE-themed artwork life, LED dancers, Ayyalah dancers and kids entertainment.
  • Mercato Mall: Let your kid's loose on the mall's children's interactive workshops from December 1st to 3rd, where they can express their love for the UAE by making souveniers and keepsakes.

RTA Public Transport Timings

There will be variances in the RTA's services and timings over the UAE National Day holiday that may disrupt your journey.

Customer Service Centres will be closed from Tuesday 1st December, and will reopen on Sunday 6th December. Vehicle testing and registration centres will be closed from Tuesday 1st December, and will reopen on Saturday 5th December. 

Paid parking zones all over Dubai, except for the Fish Market parking lot and multi-level parking terminals, will be free of charge from December 1st to 4th. 

Dubai Metro
Both the green and red lines timings are the same. Services and stations will be functional at 5.50 am until midnight on December 1st and 2nd, and on December 3rd will run until 1am on the following day. On December 4th, services will run from 10am until 1am the following day. On December 5th and 6th, stations will be open from 5.50am until midnight.

Dubai Tram
From December 1st to 3rd, and on December 5th and 6th, services will run from 6.30am to 1am on the following day. On December 4th, services will run from 9am until 1am on the following day.

All main stations will start services from 4.25am to 1am of the following day on December 1st to the 3rd. Al Ghubaiba Station will offer services from 5am to 12.10am. 

Subsidiary stations will start from 5am until 11.15pm, except for C01 Route which offers 24/7 services. 

Al Qusais Station will open from 4.40am to 10.50pm, Al Quoz Industrial Station from 5am to 11.35pm and Jebel Ali Station from 5.45am to 9.45pm. 

Metro feeder bus services such as Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall and Abu Hail Stations will open at 5.15am to 1.10am the following day. The timing of their services coincide with the timings of the Dubai Metro services. 

Inter-city services at main stations will be operating around the clock to offer services to Sharjah, and from 5am to 11.40pm to Abu Dhabi. 

Subsidiary stations will open from 6am to 1.30am the following day, while Deira City Centre Station will operate from 5.30am to 11.35pm and Karama Station, 6.10am to 10.20pm.
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