UAE National Day 2023: Events, Celebrations & More

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 29 November 2023 Last update: Friday، 01 December 2023
UAE National Day 2023: Events, Celebrations & More

As the sands of the United Arab Emirates glisten under the golden rays, the nation eagerly anticipates the grandeur of UAE National Day 2023, also now known as the UAE Union Day. This annual celebration, observed on December 2nd, echoes with the essence of unity, patriotism, and the vibrant tapestry of Emirati heritage.

This year's UAE Union Day, commemorating the nation's formation in 1971, is a momentous occasion marking 52 years of pride, joy, and a reiteration of the values that define the UAE as a beacon of prosperity in the region.

This year's official celebrations will unfold at Expo City, coinciding with the much-awaited COP28, a global climate change conference scheduled from November 30th to December 12th. Consequently, the Union Day ceremony in 2023 will be dedicated to sustainability.

Here is a roundup of the things you can look forward to on UAE Union Day 2023:

Grand Festivities

UAE National Day unfolds as a grand canvas of festivities, enveloping the entire nation in a wave of joy. From the bustling streets of Dubai to the serene corners of Fujairah, the UAE becomes a mosaic of celebrations. The air is filled with the rhythmic beats of traditional music, and the vibrant colors of national flags.


One of the hallmark events is the awe-inspiring parade that marches through the heart of Abu Dhabi. The parade showcases the might of the UAE's military, with precision drills, flyovers, and a salute to the leadership. 

You can also feel the UAE's collective pride when you watch a grand parade courtesy of Dubai’s Police at Rashid Boulevard. The parade usually features vehicles from government departments, dancers donning traditional costumes, and extravagant floats. 

UAE National Day 2023: Events, Celebrations & More


As the sun dips below the horizon, the night sky becomes a canvas for breathtaking fireworks. Cities across the UAE illuminate with dazzling displays, symbolizing the bright future and prosperity of the nation.

Some of the places you can visit include La Mer, Al Seef, Abu Dhabi Corniche, The Beach in JBR, and Bluewaters. Typically held from 8 pm to 10 pm, these displays symbolize the bright future and prosperity of the nation.

UAE National Day 2023: Events, Celebrations & More

The UAE Union Day Event at the Expo City

The 52nd UAE Union Day event at Expo City, scheduled from December 5 to 12 at Jubilee Park, promises a journey through the nation's sustainability evolution. Tickets for the 30-minute show start at AED 300, available on the Union Day website. The 52nd UAE National Day show starts at 6 pm, however, attendees are required to be seated by 5:40 pm. 

UAE National Day 2023: Events, Celebrations & More

Cultural Extravaganza

UAE Union Day is a time to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the UAE. Traditional dance performances, known as "Al Ayala," and displays of falconry, a cherished Bedouin tradition, take center stage. 

UAE National Day 2023: Events, Celebrations & More

Reflection and Gratitude

Amidst the festivities, UAE Union Day also invites moments of reflection. Citizens express gratitude for the visionary leadership that has steered the UAE to remarkable heights, transforming it into a global hub of innovation and progress.

As Emirati National Day 2023 unfolds, the UAE stands united, celebrating not just its accomplishments but the collective spirit that defines the nation. Catch the live broadcast on local TV channels and the official website, unionday.ae.

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