The Corniche Festival: Family entertainment including a traditional Emirati tent, live cooking demonstrations of Emirati dishes, camels and falcons, handicrafts, and two massive fireworks displays – at 8.40pm and at midnight tonight – to light up the capital.
Today 5pm-1am, free admission, Abu Dhabi Corniche, uaenationalday.ae
The UAE Experience Pavilion: Artefacts and photographs never shown before, in an exhibition that explores themes from the UAE’s past, present and future. Daily until December 20, 12-10pm, UAE Pavilion, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.artsabudhabi.ae
Giant message board By sending an SMS, shoppers can spread their national day wishes in a unique way. A giant electronic message board will take centre stage beside a five-metre UAE flag.
Today Central Galleria, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 409 9000, www.malloftheemirates.com
Gift box: A gigantic outdoor pop-up gift box wrapped in UAE colours opens at an undisclosed location in Dubai today, offering rewards for 40 visitors. Daily until January 10
Dubai fountain performance: The world’s tallest performing fountain will dance to the UAE National Anthem.
Today 1pm, 7pm, 9pm and 11pm, waterfront promenade, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com
Downtown Dubai Parade Five themed floats representing the traditional culture and heritage of the UAE, family activities, arts and music.
Today 3.30pm, Emaar Boulevard, www.emaar.com
National Day Parade: Drummers, costumed performers and more than 150 children march in a showcase of national pride.
Saturday 4pm, Mirdif City Centre, Dubai, 800 6422, www.mirdifcitycentre.com
Traditional Village Heritage activities and performances, as well as an impressive fireworks display.
Today until Sunday, 4pm-midnight, Al Ain City, Abu Dhabi, uaenationalday.ae