Are you keen to learn about UAE’s culture and heritage? Then the UAE’s 46th anniversary in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates is a great place to start. Here’s a great occasion to experience Abu Dhabi like a local by joining in the National Day Festivities.
Each year, expats come to learn about UAE’s history, traditions and heritage. There is no better way to experience this than joining in the UAE National Day celebrations that fall on 2 December as the capital will come alive with a series of events and programs lasting several days as UAE’s 46th birthday is celebrated.
What to expect: One can expect plenty of festivities with ongoing manifestation of the country’s growth and unity. The union of the UAE remains one of the country’s primary feats, but the festivities will also highlight the emergence of Abu Dhabi as a regional hub for culture.
Every year, there are huge fireworks displays, car parades and concerts that take place mainly on Abu Dhabi Corniche as thousands of Emiratis will join in the celebrations on the streets and festivities including at Yas Mall’s Town Square. You will also not want to miss out on the cheeriness of National Day Colours that will set on Yas Marina Circuit’s iconic Abu Dhabi Hill that will be packed with entertainment and cultural experiences, running from 2.00pm – 7:00pm.
With the UAE celebrating 46 years of unity on December 2, there’s no better time than now to learn about what is that Emirati, expatriate, or visitors of Abu Dhabi love about the UAE. Many activities are planned around the country, but you can find also fun resources online. For example, head to the UAE National Day quiz, provided by Noor Nazzal, Gulf News Staff Reporter and test your knowledge. This first-hand quiz plans to give visitors a more authentic feel of what life is in the emirates.
Abu Dhabi continues to invest heavily on tourism in the effort to entice both leisure and business travelers to stay and appreciate the city’s eclectic ambience. Saif Saeed Gobash, Director-General of the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi, said they recently launched it’s a new Emirati Tourist Guide Training and Licensing Programme where successful graduates from the course of 11-weeks will be given a two-year tourist guide license. Students will be trained to an international standard for the benefit to “result in positive impressions and an overall enhanced tourism and travel experience of Abu Dhabi,” said Mohammad Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi. Surely, this program and the trained guides will help newcomers know more about the Emirate. This is an ideal way to gain a firsthand insight into Emirati culture, history and heritage.