DUBAI // Hundreds flocked to Dubai's Festival City yesterday for the final celebrations of the 41st National Day.
The event was set to take place on Saturday but was postponed due to the rainy weather conditions. The first scene of the official ceremony saw a man wearing traditional Emirati clothes, carrying an antique lamp and talking about the old days in the UAE.
Held in a make-up open air theatre, the 3D visual effects show wove back and forth in time to shed light on the different transformation periods the Emirates has gone through to reach where it is today.
The show featured a variety of historical events from the timeline of the UAE, including the bedouin and their life in the desert. The show also depicted the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, coming out from behind the desert as the country became home to more than 200 nationalities.
Hundreds of people attended the event, which was inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai. Sara Ali, 22, an Emirates Airlines employee living in Dubai, said she came to the event to share the "happiness and love for this important day".
The 45-minute extravaganza had a myriad of visuals and sound effects mixed with a strong human element to give the audience a show to remember.
And did it ever. The audience cheered in unison during the spectacular performance.
Images on the big screen portrayed the desert, sea, space and buildings, including the Burj Khalifa, on which a person was seen climbing in an imitation of Hollywood actor Tom Cruise's much-touted stunt in the movie Mission Impossible 4: The Ghost Protocol, which was filmed on location in Dubai.
"The show was amazing. It really levelled up to the occasion and managed to convey the strong spirit of our union," said Ismail Al Marzouqi, a real estate manager.
Hard work and belief in the UAE were emphasised in the show to maintain the development the country has achieved and with an aim to continuously progress.
It also highlighted the importance of the UAE's leadership in its development.
As the show finished with the words "proudly made in the UAE", fireworks shot into the sky to an enthralled audience.
Mohammed Al Loz, a Dubai Municipality employee, said National Day was a special day for him, as it was his birthday and the "birth of our country".
"Each one of us should consider this day as his own birthday, as our lives would have been so different if the Emirates did not unite," he said. "We wouldn't have progressed the way we did if it wasn't for the union, therefore I am here to celebrate."