51st UAE National Day 2022 Celebration


The United Arab Emirates is celebrating 51 years of Spirit of the Union. UAE National Day commemorates the unification of the seven Emirate states on December 2 every year. The citizens come together to celebrate the UAE National Day holiday every year with dance, music and fireworks. The sheikhdoms signed a British Protectorates Treaty in 1820, which allowed the British to exploit these lands of the Middle East. The British withdrew themselves from the Treaty in 1968, which led to the unification of nations. The United Arab Emirates was formed on December 2, 1971, when Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah were united. For the 51st UAE National Day, the celebration will last four days- from December 1 to December 4, 2022. The theme of UAE National Day 2022  is to honour those who have made UAE one of the most powerful countries in the world. 

51st UAE National Day 2022 Celebrations in Abu Dhabi

UAE 51st National Day Celebrations in Abu Dhabi

The 51st celebrations are one step ahead of last year in the capital. The events will focus on futuristic celebrations. Abu Dhabi will be vibrant in red, green, white and black. Citizens will dress up in the colours of the flag. The sky will be shimmering due to the fireworks at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall ( at 9:00 pm), Al Maryah Island, and Al Wathbah in Sheikh Zayed Festival (ticket prices starting from AED5).  The celebrations at Al Maryah Island will take place on the 2nd and the 3rd of December. Bawabat Al Sharq Mall started the celebration since November 24. 

51st National Day 2022 Celebration- Timing, Location and Date 

51st National Day Celebration- Timing, Location and Date 

The celebrations of the United Arab Emirates National Day will commence at the end of November. The National Day show will air on TV on December 2. The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre will have live events from December 3 to December 11. following the National Day show. Venues all over Dubai will present a fireworks display at 9 pm on December 2 and 3. 

Announces Official Public Holidays For National Day 2022

The UAE government announced a long weekend holiday for private and public sectors. Government officials declared December 1 as a national holiday for Martyr’s Day and December 2 as the National UAE Day. The UAE authorities encourage citizens to tour the country and reminisce about its historical foundation. 

UAE National Day 2022 Events

From the second of December, the United Arab Emirates is painted in the national flag colours. Traditional songs and the national anthem would become background music for the people celebrating the 51st National Day. The following locations in the UAE are a must-visit this National Day:-

  • Abu Dhabi Air Show 

Abu Dhabi Corniche, Al Fursan will be hosting the National Day 2022, on 2nd December, between 4-5 pm. New fighter jets like F-16 and MIrage-2000 will take part. 

  • Global Village Events – UAE National Day

Global Village Events – UAE National Day

Global Village has organised a plethora of events and performances. The events commence on December 1. The spectators will witness art, music, dance and other entertaining functions at Global Village Dubai till 4th December. An orchestra with 33 musical geniuses, a violinist and a harpist is invited to encompass the air of Global Village with the national anthem of UAE and Emirati traditional music. 

The Village will be decorated with lights, national flags and verses of the national anthem. There are 27 pavilions and the centre stage where the performances take place. The visitors can enjoy traditional food and buy merchandise from the pavilions of UAE, Al Sana’a and Khalifa Foundation. 

There will be fireworks every day at 9 pm from the 1st till the 4th of December. 

  • Fireworks


The fireworks show will be held throughout the country between December 2 and 4. The few famous fireworks locations are 

  • Fireworks at La Mer Dubai Beach

Even though fireworks are quite regular at La Mer, the beauty of the show on the UAE National Day is exceptional. La Mer will light up the sky on December 3. The fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. on the 1st and 2nd of December with the concerts of Fouad Mohamed Al Shehhi and Abdul Wahed. 

  • Dubai Creek Fireworks, Al Seef

Dubai Creek Fireworks, Al Seef

Fireworks reflecting onto the natural saltwater creek are a sight to behold. Catch this sight on December 2 and 3 at 8:30 p.m. Be sure to reach the venue a bit early. 

  • Abu Dhabi Fireworks

To view the spectacular fireworks on the UAE Independence Day, just stride toward Zayed Heritage Festival, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, promptly at 9 p.m. You can also visit the Abu Dhabi Corniche or Al Dahfra for the fireworks display. 

  • Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Zayed Sports City Stadium is going to house a 22,000 audience for the mega show called This is Zayed, This is UAE. The spectators will get the opportunity to bask in the glory of digital art and performances by famous artists. 

  • Dubai Shopping Mall

Dubai Shopping Mall

The Dubai Mall will host falcon shows, fish net making, embroidery, date testing, and henna painting. The world’s largest mall will provide traditional hospitality to visitors. Dubai Mall will offer traditional coffee and date desserts to visitors. The events will take place between December 1 and 3. 

  • Sheikh Zayed Festival 

The Sheikh Zayed Festival will be paying tribute to the founder of the UAE during the National Day celebrations in Abu Dhabi. The festival will highlight Emirati culture, food, and lifestyle. All the pavilions of the Sheikh Zayed Festival will participate in disseminating the cultural heritage of the UAE to its visitors. The epic fireworks display which would take place on 2nd and 3rd December are not to be missed. The Sheikh Zayed Festival- National Day Celebration would take place on Friday and Saturday from 4 pm onwards. 

  • Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

The credit for the development of the UAE is due to the legends who made it what it is today. The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre has indulged in futuristic technologies to showcase the growth and future of the United Arab Emirates toward 2071. The producers of the show aim to showcase the journey of the UAE from the past to the future while showing the evolution of Emirati culture and heritage. The exhibition will be open to the public from December 3 till December 11. 

UAE National Day 2022 COVID Rules

National Day 2022 COVID Rules

The UAE government has eased a few restrictions. However, due to the magnitude of the National Day celebrations, the following rules have been put in place :

    • Green pass on Al Hosn is mandatory within the last 30 days
    • A negative PCR test is required before entering venues. The test should not be older than 96 hours before the event. The temperature will be checked upon entry
    • The capacity will be curtailed at 80% at the events. The spectators are requested to reach the venues before the time 
    • People are to maintain a gap of 1.5m between strangers. Families are allowed to stand together
    • People of all ages are allowed to enter the event, provided that they have been vaccinated 14 days before the event
    • The visitors are requested to purchase all tickets online. 

Terms And Conditions 

There are a few instructions that are to be followed during the National Day celebrations at ADNEC:

    • Proof of Green Pass is mandatory on the Al Hosn application for entry 
    • Emirates ID will be checked by the gate 
    • 3+-year-old attendees require a ticket for entry

51 years of Independence is indeed a proud moment for every Emirati. The aura of celebration created by the visuals and sounds of the country is the best way to celebrate the struggles of those who worked hard towards the unification of the United Arab Emirates. 

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

What is National Day UAE?

The National Day of the UAE is celebrated to commemorate the unification of the seven states of the UAE. It is celebrated on December 2 every year.

Where can I watch the UAE National Day celebration in 2022?

You can witness the National Day celebrations in person at ADNEC. The events will be live-streamed on television and various platforms.

Why is National Day celebrated?

The UAE National Day is celebrated to pay tribute to the unification of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah after the British pulled back from the protection treaty.

What is UAE National Day called in Arabic?

U.A.E. National Day is called Al Yawm Al Watani in Arabic.

What is the UAE National Day theme for the year 2022?

The theme for the year 2022 is ‘Brighter Together.

Why is UAE National Day important?

UAE National Day is an important event to celebrate the struggles of the unifiers of the country, the United Arab Emirates.

Are the breweries open during celebrations for the 51st National Day in Abu Dhabi?

Shops and businesses will remain closed during the National Day celebrations. However, malls, eateries, and entertainment venues shall remain open.

Anupama Menon Anupama is a content writer first and an artist second. She loves to paint, whether it's through words or acrylics. She is a cinephile, obsessed with the idea of writing and directing films one day. If she suddenly pulls a Houdini, she is probably at the beach, reading.
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