Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 16 December 2019

All the National Day firework displays and light shows taking place across the UAE

Get ready to see the skies light up for the UAE's 48th National Day

There will be fireworks on The Beach at JBR 
There will be fireworks on The Beach at JBR 

The UAE is gearing up to celebrate its 48th National Day with a three-day break and celebrations across the country. Among the dozens of events planned to mark the occasion are multiple fireworks displays and light shows.

From spectacular free displays to the world’s most famous light show, here are all of the events you need to know about:

1. Yas Island: Monday

Courtesy Yas Island 
Courtesy Yas Island

It’s set to be a packed weekend on Yas Island, with National Day celebrations after the Abu Dhabi F1. To round off events on Monday, December 2, there will be a classic car parade, as well as a firework display at 9pm.

Throughout the day, there will be a number of live performances, ayala dancers and food stalls.

Monday, December 2, from 3pm; free; Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; www.yasmarinacircuit.com

2. Dubai Festival City: Monday

The Imagine water and light show at Dubai Festival City will be different on National Day: on December 2, there will be a one-night-only display of Faces of the Nation. This will see the faces of people around the UAE displayed in lights above the dancing water. You can catch the show at 8pm and 10pm on Monday night.

Monday December 2, 8pm and 10pm; free; Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City mall; www.dubaifestivalcity.com/en/enjoy/imagine

3. Al Seef: Sunday and Monday

There will be two days of firework displays at Al Seef over National Day weekend, lighting up the skies over old Dubai. On Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, a free firework display will take place at 8pm.

Sunday and Monday, December 1 and 2, 8pm; free; Al Seef, Dubai Creek, Old Dubai; alseef.ae

4. La Mer: Sunday and Monday

Catch the fireworks at the Meraas waterfront destinations, The Beach, Al Seef and La Mer. Meraas
Catch the fireworks at the Meraas waterfront destinations, The Beach, Al Seef and La Mer. Meraas

Head down to one of La Mer’s beachfront restaurants for a prime view of the area’s National Day firework display. On Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, there will be a free fireworks display at 8.30pm.

Sunday and Monday, December 1 and 2, 8pm; free; La Mer, Jumeirah 1, www.lamerdubai.ae

5. The Pointe: Monday

Set against the backdrop of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s The Pointe will be hosting its first UAE National Day celebrations. At 8pm on Monday, December 2, there will be great views from The Pointe’s many restaurants of a stunning free firework display.

Monday, December 2, 8pm; free; The Pointe, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; www.thepointe.ae

6. Global Village: Monday

Dubai’s Global Village will be celebrating UAE National Day in style, culminating with a huge firework display on Monday, December 2. Taking place at 9pm, visitors will be able to cap off an evening of fun with a UAE-themed display.

Monday, December 2, 9pm; Dh15; Global Village, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, Dubai; 04 362 4114, www.globalvillage.ae

Visitors and residents of Dubai watch the Eid fireworks at The Beach on JBR. Antonie Robertson / The National
Visitors and residents of Dubai watch the fireworks at The Beach on JBR. Antonie Robertson / The National

7. The Beach JBR: Sunday and Monday

The Beach JBR will be hosting two firework displays to mark UAE National Day over the holiday weekend. On Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, there will be a free display taking place at 9pm.

Sunday and Monday, December 1 and 2, 9pm; free; The Beach, JBR, Dubai Marina; www.thebeach.ae

8. Burj Khalifa: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, will mark UAE National Day with a special light display, which it will show between Sunday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 3. Each night, the Burj will light up in the colours of the UAE flag, while the fountains will dance to the tune of the UAE national anthem. The shows will start at 6pm and take place each hour on the hour until 10pm.

Sunday to Tuesday, December 1 to 3, 6pm-10pm; free; Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai; www.burjkhalifa.ae

9. Abu Dhabi Corniche: Monday

Residents of the Capital are invited to the Abu Dhabi Corniche to join in the Spirit of the Union celebrations on Monday, December 2.

There will be pyro flyboard performers and pyro jet-sky performances as well as a laser and light show. The fun-filled event will kick off at 8.30pm on the A’l Bahar beachside area with a spectacular 10-minute dancing fireworks show over the water – the first of its kind taking place in this location.

Monday, December 2, 8.30pm, A’l Bahar beachside, Abu Dhabi Corniche; www.visitabudhabi.ae/

10. Zayed Heritage Festival: Monday

Those living in and around Al Wathba can enjoy the celebrations with exhibitions and local and international music at Zayed Heritage Festival. Finally, watch the skies light up with a fireworks show scheduled at 8pm, behind Gate 2.

Monday, December 2, 8pm; Zayed Heritage Festival, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi; www.zayedfestival.com

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Updated: December 2, 2019 11:11 AM

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