UAE National Day 2022 – Significance and How to Truly Celebrate the Day!

It’s that time of the year! The UAE is all geared up to observe its 51st National day on 2nd December 2022. You can enjoy the long weekend and the events organised by the Government of the UAE including the grand official celebration scheduled to take place at the National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi. 

Apart from the official celebration on UAE national day, ADNEC is set to continue the celebration for nine consecutive, from 3rd to 11th December.

With the celebrations just around the corner, now is certainly a great time to quickly recap the significance of this day. This, along with the most remarkable events across the UAE and some tips for residents to make the best of this day, will be covered in the article below. 

UAE National Day – A Glimpse from the Past

Since 1973, the UAE has celebrated its foundation day abiding by the official theme, “Spirit of the Union”. Back on 2nd December 1971, the rulers of Dubai, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, and Al-Ain accepted to unite as one nation. 

As per the consent of the country’s first president, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates came into form. Post this, in February 1972, Ras Al Khaimah was declared the seventh Emirate of the UAE. That is how the entire UAE celebrates its grand day with loads of pride and enthusiasm.

Hues of black, red, white, and green can be seen all over the streets on the UAE national day, with each colour of the flag having its own significance. Here’s what each colour represents – 

  • Red: Unity
  • Green: Prosperity
  • Black: Strength of mind and defeat of enemies
  • White: Peace and honesty

A Long Weekend for Public and Private Sectors

This year, the entire private and public sector will enjoy a long weekend from 1st to 4th December 2022. This period was preceded by 30th November, when the whole country observed its commemoration day to pay tribute to UAE’s martyrs. 

The government had announced a public holiday on 1st December for commemoration day. Following that, the whole nation will celebrate its foundation day. This also means that you can take a break from your regular busy life and enjoy the long weekend. Whether planning a mini vacation with your friends and family or even contributing to the UAE national day celebrations, there’s a lot that you can do.

UAE National Day Celebrations and Events 

As mentioned earlier, all seven Emirates hold multiple events on the UAE national day. Various vibrant parades and processions will be seen on the roads of the UAE, with people even decking up their cars with motifs and other decorative items that radiate the spirit of celebration. Some mark the day with marching bands and dressing up in traditional attire. 

If you plan to attend any of the events of the UAE national day 2022, take a look at the schedule for 2nd December 2022 – 

ADNEC Celebrations

This year’s official celebration will be conducted at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, which promises to be an amazing experience for the audience. Various cultural events will be organised, showcasing moving vignettes across generations, exclusive technologies, and storytelling performances inspired by the rich culture and heritage of the UAE. Several performances will also include a view of the future of the country!


Fireworks are quintessential to UAE’s national day celebrations, with multiple attractions in the country conducting brilliant firework performances. You can experience some of the most exquisite fireworks at Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Palace, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, The Beach, Al Seef, and La Mer.

Grand Celebration in Sharjah

The opening ceremony will be held at Sharjah National Park, after which numerous events will be organised in different places in the Emirates. If you plan to visit Sharjah during the National day, make sure to visit the Al Majaz Amphitheater, Khorfakkan Amphitheater, Kalba and Wadi Al Helo, Al Madam, and Dibba Al-Hisn. You can enjoy the rich culture of the UAE here through traditional performances such as singing, poetic events, and national operetta. Apart from these, other activities including sports events, horse shows, camel racing etc.


If you are fond of music, don’t forget to attend the concerts at Al Seef and La Mer. Here, you can enjoy the live performances from your favourite singers while also celebrating the tradition of the UAE here. The events, which started on 29th November in La Mer, will continue till 2nd December. 

Alternatively, you can also attend the concert at Al Seef on 6th December. In fact, if you wish to attend the performance of Hamad Al Amri, you must definitely attend the concert that is going to be held at the Global Village.

Palm Jumeirah’s Cultural Fair

If you are fond of exploring the traditional culture of the UAE, you can certainly add the cultural fair organised in Palm Jumeirah to your ‘must-visit’ list. With sculptors, painters, dancers, and singers being the highlight of the night, you can explore the traditions of the UAE vis-à-vis various domains.

Do’s and Don’ts on National Day 2022

While the National Day is the perfect time to indulge in the celebrations, you must still keep a few things in mind to avoid inconveniences and any violation of the guidelines of government – 

  • You can decorate your cars for the big day between 22nd November and 6th December
  • While decorating cars, make sure not to change the colour of cars partially or completely
  • Individuals must remain seated in their respective seats and not lean out of the window to enjoy events or use their cars’ sunroofs
  • Tinting or painting on the front windshield is strictly prohibited
  • Noise amplifiers are not allowed for motorists
  • Take care not to litter on the roads
  • Make sure you don’t park your car at an undesignated spot or leave it unattended. This may cause major inconvenience to others 

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