The Top Seven Ways To Celebrate UAE National Day in 2020

Words by Naomi Chadderton

4 min read

From luxury staycations to brunches with a difference, we’ve found the perfect ways to spend the upcoming five-day weekend.

With a long weekend coming up in Dubai for the 49th annual UAE National Day, there’s a whole host of activities and deals in place across the city. Whether you’re wanting to make a proper break out of it or are simply looking for new ways to celebrate the day (which falls on Tuesday December 2nd this year, FYI), our round-up has you covered.

Indulge in an Extra Special Brunch

The luxe Bab Al Shams is hosting a blissful one-day special UAE National Day brunch this year, set amidst the beautiful surroundings of Al Forsan. Emirati chefs will be whipping up traditional cuisine, while there will also be a decadent crêpe bar brimming with every flavour imaginable, plus churros, pastries and more. Kids will be kept entertained with horse shows, dancers, a magic show and camel rides, too, so why not make a day of it?

INFO: December 2nd, 1-4pm; from Dhs385 per person, children under 5 dine complimentary, 50 per cent discount for 6-12 years; contact for bookings.

Ladies (and Men) Who Lunch

For a special lunch on the 2nd, Dubai Marina’s Café Society is giving guests a huge 49 per cent discount on their bill. Highlights of the menu include a trio of Greek pies, lobster & wild mushroom vol-au-vents and crispy dill chicken mustard, but let’s be honest, it’s all absolutely delicious. The discount can be redeemed as dine-in options and on home delivery, so you’ve got no excuse.

INFO: Café Society, Tamani Marina Hotel, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina; +9714 318 377

Say it With Roses

Featuring elegant designs that are reminiscent of the nation’s rich history and heritage, Forever Rose has curated a limited edition collection of our favourite flowers to celebrate this year’s UAE National Day, featuring beautiful arrangements in the colours of the UAE flag. The perfect gift for both family and friends, these will warm up any home.


Celebrate Local Artistic Talent at a Pop-up

Head to the capital between Friday 27th November and Saturday 5th December where The Abu Dhabi Edition UAE will be showcasing impressive pieces and live painting by local artists and its unique pop-up gallery. Ideal for culture vultures, guests will be able to peruse work from the likes of Budour Al Ameri, Salama Al Nuaimi, Khaled Al Jabri, Jeramie Christian, Leila Marie and Sultan Al Hashimi.

INFO: 27th November – 5th December, 9am-11pm; free entry; lobby, The Abu Dhabi Edition

Take a Pool Day

Due to popular demand, Nikki Beach Dubai’s beach club will open its doors on Wednesday 2nd December, giving beachgoers an extra day to have some fun under the sun. For an extra special occasion, book a private luxury cabana and celebrate the day in style.

INFO: Email for reservations

Fly Away on a Luxury Holiday

The Maldives is one of the safest destinations open to UAE visitors right now, and SAii Lagoon, Curio Collection by Hilton is offering an incredible “Stay 3 Pay 2” package you won’t be able to refuse. Think three nights for the price of two, daily breakfast plus discount on food and spa treatments plus so much more, now is the perfect time to get away.


Book a Staycation

If you’re looking for somewhere a little closer to home, The Westin Mina Seyahi is offering 30 per cent discount on room rates plus complimentary breakfast on a minimum of three days (this goes up to 35 per cent off for 5 nights and 40 per cent off for 7 nights), allowing you to enjoy those Dubai holiday vibes right on your doorstep without breaking the bank.

INFO: Rates start from Dhs594++, to book call 04399 3333 and quote National Day’

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