UAE National Day History Celebrations

The UAE was a separate country before 1960 which was once ruled by the colonial powers. UAE was first ruled by the Spanish in the 16th Century, then followed by Britain in the 17th Century. Britain was a powerful nation in the past and it stood up to protect the gulf states from any foreign or political tension.

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It was in 1820 when the sheikhdoms signed the Trucial Sheikhdoms Treaty with the British government, which declared that Britain would safeguard the Gulf if the sheikhdoms agreed not to give up property for any business with other governments without prior authorization.

The pact provided more protection for the pearling business, but the Gulf’s oil sector began to flourish in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Follwing which the pearling business suffered a dramatic collapse in the early part of the twentieth century, and the locals faced problems for survival and growth.

By the 1960s, Britain ended its pact with the Trucial sheikhdoms. After the pact of British protection expired in December 1971, the sheikhdoms of Bahrain and Qatar attempted to form a union at this time. But due to differences, Qatar and Bahrain both became independent countries. The rest of the Gulf States, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, joined the other emirates on December 2, 1971, and the United Arab Emirates was established. So, in short the UAE National Day is celebrated on December 2 each year.

Significance Of UAE National Day

The UAE National Day is known as the day of freedom and the foundation of the UAE as an independent nation. After being separated and formed as UAE the nation flourished with its gas and oil industry and today is known as a powerful nation in the Middle East. The huge development and growth lead to higher tourism and corporate opportunities for expats. Remembering and valuing the struggle and need for independence, UAE National day is celebrated in the country with a thought of patriotism.

Fireworks illuminate the sky over the capital Abu Dhabi on December 1, 2017, during celebrations ahead of the 46th Emirati National Day, celebrated on December 2. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUT (Photo credit should read NEZAR BALOUT/AFP via Getty Images)

The United Arab Emirates is known as an Arab country in the southeast region of the Arabian Peninsula. Each of the 7 emirates is governed by a hereditary emir who together forms the Federal Supreme Council. The Seven Emirates are AbuZaby (Abu Dhabi), Ajman, Dubayy (Dubai), Al Fujayrah, Ra’sal Khaymah, Ash Shariqah (Sharjah), and Umm al Qaywayn.

How To Celebrate the United Arab Emirates National Day?

National Day means a time to remember history and rejoice together as a nation. Every city in the UAE celebrates its day of foundation with utmost love, passion, and enthusiasm. This year, on 2nd Dec 2021, the country, as one, will celebrate the event with fireworks, social gatherings, and other cultural events. Many festivities and fun activities are being planned to make the 50th Jubilee a memorable occasion. Tourists from all over the world are anticipated to flock to the UAE to celebrate the new year and the national day.

The year 2021 has been designated as the Year of the 50th since the National Day falls on that year. ‘Our obligation to our country’ is the theme for UAE National Day 2021. To create a sustainable environment for future generations’ prosperity, there will be high-quality education and health systems. The theme emphasizes the need for bolstering and supporting obligations. The goal is to empower the entire country.

Top Events For 50th UAE National Day Celebration 2021

The colors of the Emirates Flag will be painted in every area of the country. The cities will have flags hoisted in every museum and famous building; people will gather together to celebrate. The cities of UAE, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi celebrate the day with events like fireworks, social gatherings, events, musical nights, and more. Being a part of the celebration means witnessing the rich culture and heritage of the UAE and understanding its history. Some of the top events you can attend for Dec 2nd, 2021.

1. The Firework Exhibitions During Night in Dubai

Fireworks are scheduled after sunset on December 2nd and 3rd, 2021, to make the 50th UAE National Day celebration grand and fascinating. The audience will be enthralled by the brilliant and illuminating show. The Pointe and Atlantis on The Palm, Burj Al Arab, La Mer, and Etisalat Beach Canteen at Jumeirah Beach are just a few of the hand-picked spots where the breathtaking firework display, dominated by the blue colors of the enormous sky, may be enjoyed. The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa are two of the most well-known spots where you can join in the fun. On December 2, the DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai on Jumeirah Beach will also organize some fireworks along with a delicious course for a dinner party.

2. Ceremony for the Celebration of UAE Independence Day

The government has planned to hold an official event to honor the festivity of UAE independence day on December 2, 2021, in Hatta, Dubai, and the Zayed Sports City Stadium. At Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium, a theatrical performance representing the country’s pride, grandeur, and beauty will take place. Aerobatic displays, spectacular performances, and motivational speeches will all be part of the show.

The National Day celebrations in the United Arab Emirates will start on December 4th and end on December 12th, 2021, with a floating theatrical experience in Hatta. The event will cover every facet of the country, including its history, culture, and vision, among other things.

Exhibitions will be held in various locations. ‘Draped in Heritage,’ an exhibition with seven garments and audiovisuals of Sheikhs and strong women, will be on display. The City Centre Mirdif will also hold a historical activity called ‘Heart of Deira,’ which will highlight the real beauty of Dubai’s bordering cities, both past and present.

3. Enjoy the Dinner Parties At Best Restaurant In the city

Make your celebration of UAE National Day 2021 even more enticing and memorable by indulging in the flavors of traditional Arabian dishes. The Etisalat Beach Canteen food festival is back for the 2021 edition, and you won’t be able to resist it. From November 25th until December 11th, the canteen will be open, providing you a 17-days of taste of happiness. Families and children will be able to enjoy live performances and activities that are being conducted for them at different venues. The beach is one of the greatest in Dubai for foodie treats.

On December 2nd, EXPO 2020 Dubai will conduct a one-day food festival in honor of the United Arab Emirates National Day. Only 50 tickets are available, so acquire yours as soon as possible. During this feast, twenty-five chefs will dazzle visitors with their unique culinary visions.

4. Events For A Grand Celebration of National Day in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Don’t miss the musical activities planned to commemorate the 50th National Day UAE. Eidha Menhali and Shamma Hamdan will perform on December 3rd at an open-air venue.

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Emaar, and the MBC Group have welcomed fresh talent and some well-known personalities to make the event memorable and fascinating with their magnificent performances. The government has planned a series of concerts and musical events, inviting both national and international celebrities to take part and make the evening memorable. Attend the event at Burj Park to hear Hussain Al Jasmi, Diana Haddad, and Dalia Mubarak perform soulful music. On December 2nd, the event will take place at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai.

Seats are limited, therefore guests are encouraged to book as soon as possible.

5. Some Hefty Discounts For Shoppers

The United Arab Emirates is enticing visitors and shoppers with incredible retail offers and discounts. Luxurious shopping destinations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have prepared some huge sales and deals on select brands to make it a budget-friendly shopping experience to commemorate the United Arab Emirates National Day in 2021. Exclusive events will be held to showcase the greatest shows, in keeping with the theme of the UAE’s 50th National Day.

From the Emirates Mall to other shopping centers, you can now acquire your favorite accessories at a lower price. The best sale deals can be found in Dubai’s retail complexes and malls, with discounts ranging from 50% to 70% on chosen brands and accessories.

UAE national day falls on Dec 2021, and this year, for 2021, the Emirates will celebrate its 50th anniversary. From exclusive events and fireworks to other entertainments, there will be a grand celebration to make the day historic. If you are planning to visit the UAE or select cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, don’t forget to be a part of any special event that is open to the general public. These events will focus on detailing the history and glorifying the past events that will have made the UAE, a powerful nation. Book your tickets today and fly off to be a part of this magnificent day.


Q1. When does the United Arab Emirates celebrate its National Day?

The UAE National Day is celebrated on Dec 2nd, every year. It is celebrated as a national day, and there are events and other ceremonies organized to make it memorable and historic. Not only citizens but tourists also enjoy the ceremonies.