The Long Weekend Edit: Five Ways To Spend National Day

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From fireworks to spa days, here’s how to celebrate the UAE’s 48th National Day

W Dubai – The Palm

STAY: W Dubai, The Palm
Skip the airport queues and check in for a long weekend on The Palm — with sun, sand and sea right here on your doorstep. This National Day, the W Dubai — The Palm is offering exclusive staycation packages complete with lavish breakfast, a poolside brunch, paddle boarding, irrestiable eats at Akira Black and a treatment at the spa. Stay in uber-stylish rooms for minimum of two nights and make the most of this luxurious, hassle-free break. From November 29 to December 1;

The spa at Nikki Beach

SPA: Nikki Spa, Pearl Jumeira
Spend your well-deserved time off getting pampered at Nikki Spa, situated at Nikki Beach’s chic, waterfront setting in Pearl Jumeira. For the holiday, avail two complimentary facials when booking two 85-minute massages; from the Dreamer by Elemental Herbology to Four Hands by Elemental Herbology and On The Rocks by Clarins. Whichever pick-me-up you choose, prepare to unwind in luxury. +971 4 376 6000

Cubans at Bvlgari Yacht Club

SUNBATHE: Bvlgari Yacht Club, Jumeira Bay Island
A destination, within a destination, the Bvlgari Yacht Club is offering a pool day like no other this long weekend with a peaceful escape in unparalleled luxury. Chill poolside in cabanas and dip into the Mediterranean menu whilst soaking up the sun, in true Italian Riviera style. The toasted rosemary focaccia filled with mozzarella is a must-try. Open from 9am to 7pm during National Day break, with a minimum spend of Dhs350; +971 4 777 5433

The Legacy Collection, SILSAL

SHOP: The Legacy Collection, Silsal
Homeware brand, Silsal, have collaborated with Emirati artist, Abdallah Al Astad, for a special National Day keepsake. Named the Legacy Collection, the intricately designed coffee cups, candles and incense burners feature traditional calligraphy in a modern form which pay homage to the UAE’s artists, astronauts, scholars, scientists and creatives. Available at

STARGAZE: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort, Al Qudra
To celebrate the UAE’s 48th National Day and Bab Al Shams’ 15th anniversary, the desert resort is hosting an evening of Arabian entertainment under the stars. Dine on Middle Eastern dishes from live cooking stations at Al Hadheerah restaurant, wander through the heritage museum, listen to traditional live music and watch a grand firework display to finish. From 7pm to 11.30pm on December 2, Dhs520 per person; +971 4 809 6100