To celebrate UAE National Day 2020 in Dubai, avail deals, staycations and enjoy fireworks and a more. This is the UAE’s 49th National Day, is fast approaching and with it comes on a long weekend.
The UAE’s 49th National Day is being celebrated on Wednesday December 2 and the celebrations will be marked with a two-day holiday. Tuesday December 1 is a holiday for Commemoration Day, offering the public three days off and a five-day weekend.
Try these National Day deals:
Seeds of Union
‘Seeds of the Union’, is a dramatic live production that is ideal to celebrate the UAE’s 49th National Day. It is airing on Wednesday December 2. This spell-binding show, which is staged in Abu Dhabi and will take the form of a moving sculpture surrounded by sea and illuminated by digital visuals portraying themes inspired by the UAE’s rich history and values. The must-see show is going to be broadcasted live to an audience of millions in the UAE and beyond.
Wed December 2.
Dubai Festival City Mall
Dubai Festival City Mall is looking to go all out this National Day – from a special Arabic-themed IMAGINE show to two firework displays, there’s a entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. For the very first time ever, a few waterside restaurants will be offering seats arranged on the bay and if you are wanting to catch the world record breaking IMAGINE show and fireworks, you can pre-book your spot, with two seating options available: 19:00 until 21:15 with the fireworks at 21:00 and 21:30 until 22:30 with the fireworks at 23:00. Participating venues include Al Fanar, Chili’s, Peppermill, Famous Dave’s, Five Guys, Nando’s, Semsom, Turkish Village, Joe’s Crab Shack and the InterContinental Dubai – Festival City.
Wed Dec 2, 19:00 – 21:15pm (fireworks at 21:00) & 21:30 – 21:30 (fireworks at 23:00). Dubai Festival City
Address Downtown & Address Sky View
Celebrate UAE National Day with an afternoon tea for Dhs150 per person. The special afternoon tea deal is running from Sunday November 29 until Saturday December 5 between 15:00 and 19:00 and is happening at Address Downtown’s Lobby Lounge and Patisserie at Address Sky View.
Dhs150 (per person). Sun Nov 29-Sat Dec 5, 15:00 – 19:00. Address Downtown (+971 04 436 8888) and Address Sky View (+971 04 873 8888).
This Emirati restaurant has opened an Arabic majlis from Tuesday December 1 until Saturday December 5 offering free Arabic coffee and dates, an Arabian sand artist and a local weaver. Visitors can avail an authentic Arabian afternoon tea experience from 16:00 onwards with live cooking stations and traditional Emirati dishes for Dhs60. Diners can also enjoy a traditional Emirati breakfast for Dhs125 for two from 10am onwards.
Prices vary. Tue Dec 1-Sun Dec 5, 10:00 – 23:30. City Walk (+971 04 590 5455) & Riverland Dubai (+971 04 820 4330).
UAE National Day 2020 in Dubai
Enjoy a free portion of luqaimat (little fried dough balls with a sweet syrup – a popular Emirati dessert) with your meal on Wednesday December 2.
Wed Dec 2, 12:00 – 23:30. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 666353).
This traditional Emirati restaurant is located at the longstanding Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, is celebrating National Day with not one, but four National Day-themed brunches. Available daily from Tuesday December 1 until Friday December 4, brunch lovers can explore the flavours of the Middle East with prices starting from Dhs225.
Dhs225 (soft drinks). Tue Dec 1 – Fri Dec 4, 12:30 – 16:00. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (+971 04 205 7033).
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is showcasing a special UAE National Day-themed brunch at Al Forsan on Wednesday December 2. Brunchgoers can enjoy traditional Emirati cuisine, an assortment of desserts including crêpes, churros, pastries and tonnes of family-friendly activities including a horse show, traditional dancers, a magic show, pony and camel rides and plenty more.
Dhs385 (soft drinks), Dhs580 (house beverages), Dhs192.50 (six-12 years old), free (five and under). Wed Dec 2, 13:00 – 16:00. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road (+971 4 809 6194).
Have a traditional Turkey cheese pie which is inspired by the UAE flag and served kashar cheese, tomatoes, olives and spinach.
Prices might vary. Wed Dec 2, 11:00 – 24:00. City Walk (+971 04 385 4605).
This is a popular Turkish steakhouse and butcher shop that serves grills and is serving UAE flag-themed sliders for Dhs78. Diners can expect a homemade chargrilled patty with lettuce, tomatoes and a selection of toppings including smoked beef, caramelised onions, cheddar cheese and Portobello mushrooms.
Dhs78. Wed Dec 2, 11:00 – 24:00. City Walk & JBR Web: www.butchasteakhouse.ae
Café Society in Dubai Marina is offering 49 percent off the entire menu on Wednesday December 2. The UAE National Day deal is valid on both dine-in and home delivery and highlights on the menu include grilled Norwegian salmon, chicken parmigiana and wagyu rib-eye.
Open daily 09:00 – 23:00. Wed Dec 2. Tamani Marina Hotel, Dubai Marina, (+971 04 318 3755).
This Montreal-born breakfast spot has put a spin on its popular waffle and created a customised UAE National Day waffle flavoured with rose petals, saffron, orange blossom, and pistachio. The UAE-inspired breakfast dishes comes in at Dhs39 and is available from Tuesday December 1 until Thursday December 3.
Dhs39. Tue Dec 1 – Thurs Dec 3. The Beach JBR (+971 04 430 7252) & City Walk (+971 04 240 6877).
Flow is an eatery with healthy option and is a creative hub in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, is serving UAE flag-themed açaí and poke bowls, plus special drinks such as charcoal lemonade, beetroot latte and matcha latte.
Prices vary. Wed Dec 2, 07:00 – 20:00. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (+971 04 319 8767).
Retro Feasts is housed inside one of the dome-shaped shells at JBR’S The Beach is offering Dhs35 poke bowls in the UAE flag colours using tomatoes, feta cheese, black beans and green pepper.
Dhs35. Wed Dec 2, 10:00 – 01:00. The Beach, JBR (800 666353).
‘Sarood Experience’ menu
Al Mashowa, Sikka Café and Al Nafoorah at Jumeirah Emirates Towers are offering a limited-edition menu that pays homage to Emirati cuisine, local flavours and the “spirit of togetherness and unity”. Available from Wednesday December 2 until Friday December 4, the Dhs99 meal is served on a sarod (a traditional stringed musical instrument) and drinks like camel milk are also available to order.
Dhs99. Wed Dec 2 – Fri Dec 4. Locations include Al Mashowa in City Walk, Sikka Café in Al Khawaneej, City Walk & La Mer, and Al Nafoorah in Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
The homegrown Emirati restaurant is serving up an authentic dessert menu featuring pistachio sahlab (a traditional Emirati milk pudding) decorated the colours of the UAE flag and layered with rose water, and a saffron milk cake. Breakfast fans can also enjoy a traditional Emirati breakfast for two for Dhs95 and from Wednesday December 2 until Friday December 4, from 3pm onwards, diners at Sikka Café’s Al Khawaneej branch can also enjoy a free traditional afternoon tea featuring Emirati classics such as luqaimat (little fried dough balls with a sweet syrup) and mini chebabs (a pancake-style dish), all while being entertained by a traditional oud player from 6pm onwards.
Prices vary. Wed Dec 2-Fri Dec 4. Al Khawaneej, City Walk & La Mer.
The Noodle House
This popular homegrown Asian restaurant chain is serving up vegetarian-friendly dim sum for Dhs49, served with a Szechuan-chilli sauce to represent the colours of the UAE flag.
Dhs49. Wed Dec 2. Various locations across Dubai.
Italian eatery Trattoria is rolling out UAE flag-inspired pizzas with tomato sauce, mozzarella, baby spinach, black olives and candy tomatoes.
Dhs60. Wed Dec 2, 12:00 – 23:30. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Sequim (800 666353).
This trendy Canadian bar and restaurant is offering a special “two can dine” dinner deal from Monday December 30 until Wednesday December 2. The four-course feast includes scorched wagyu with yuzu, truffle and radish, whole sea bass and a specially-curated patriotic desert: a pistachio baklava cheese tart with honey, pistachios, walnuts and rose-scented cream cheese. The special UAE National Day meal costs in at Dhs150 per person along with two selected house beverages.
Dhs150 (per person). Mon Nov 30-Wed Dec 2, 17:30 onwards. JW Marriot Marquis Hotel, Business Bay (+971 04 560 1700).
Crowne Plaza Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road’s Crowne Plaza Dubai is celebrating UAE’s 49th National Day with a family-friendly staycation deal. Rates start from Dhs275 for a family of four for the first night and just Dhs49 for a second night and the offer includes a breakfast buffet, a free upgrade to a studio, free shuttle bus service to La Mer and The Dubai Mall, a buffet lunch or dinner for just Dhs49 per person at Al Dana, 25 percent off the hotel’s restaurants and a 25 percent discount voucher to use while shopping at The Dubai Mall.
Dhs275 (first night – two adults, two kids), Dhs49 (second night – two adults, two kids). Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (+971 04 331 1111).
Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown
The newly-opened hotel in Dubai’s Business Bay is celebrating the UAE’s 49th National Day with a top staycation deal. With rates starting from Dhs499 per night for two, staycationers can enjoy a special National Day welcome gift, breakfast, a three-course set menu for dinner at Open Sesame, plus access to all the hotel’s facilities including the picturesque infinity pool and fully-equipped gym.
From Dhs499 (per night, per couple). Marasi Drive, Business Bay, (+971 4 210 2222).
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
In celebration of National Day, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates is offering a special staycation deal for UAE residents. Valid until March 31, 2021, rates for a Grand Deluxe Room start from Dhs899 for two with breakfast, Dhs150 food and drinks credit, early check-in at 10am, late check-out at 4pm and Ski Dubai Snow Park tickets for an exclusive rate of Dhs100 per person.
Dhs899. Ongoing until Mar 31, 2021. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road (+971 04 341 0000).
Looking to getaway this UAE National Day holiday? Double room rates at Raffles Dubai start from Dhs920 for stays between Sunday November 29 and Saturday December 5. The special staycation deal includes a lavish breakfast, Dhs200 credit per adult to use for dinner at select restaurants, early check-in and late check-out, 25 percent off food, drinks and treatments at the swish Raffles Spa. If you’re looking for an authentic Arabian-themed afternoon tea, the “Treasures of Arabia” offering at Raffles Salon comes in a treasure box inspired by the folk tales, One Thousand and One Nights. Indulge in savoury bites and oriental sweets such as crispy filo-wrapped shrimps, falafels, apricots stuffed with cream and pistachios, date and caramel coffee cake, and saffron, pistachio and rose-infused scones. The afternoon tea comes with a choice of unlimited Moroccan tea, Turkish coffee or Arabic coffee. The “Treasures of Arabia” afternoon tea is available daily between 14:00 to 19:00 and is priced at Dhs160 per person.
From Dhs920 (per night). Sun Nov 29-Sat Dec 5. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, (+971 04 324 8888).
The Meydan Hotel
Looking for a fun getaway for the upcoming long weekend? The Meydan Hotel has launched a family-friendly staycation deal including breakfast and a free experience at either Farriers ’90s Forever evening brunch or an Arabic barbecue night at Courtyard Meydan, with soft drinks included. Rates for the UAE National Day “Stay ‘n’ Dine” deal start from Dhs599 for two adults and two children below six years old.
From Dhs599 (two adults, two children under six). Valid on Thursdays & Fridays. Ongoing. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (+971 056 525 4040).
Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens
This fun and trendy neighbourhood hotel had launched the “Ultimate Staycation” that’s perfect for a getaway over the long weekend. Room rates start from Dhs300 per night and the pocket-friendly staycation includes breakfast, 20 percent off at pan-Asian restaurant and bar Lah Lah or Social Company, plus 30 percent off spa treatments.
From Dhs300. Ongoing. Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens (+971 04 519 1111).
Photo courtesy: www.hotelindigo.com/dubai