UAE National Day 2022

In Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, UAE National Day is celebrated on 2nd December each year. This holiday commemorates the day in 1971 when the UAE was formed.

National Day is a time to celebrate the UAE’s culture, heritage, and progress. Families come together to enjoy traditional food, music, and dance performances. Fireworks displays are also a popular part of the celebrations.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was founded as a federation on 2 December 1971. Six of the seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain) joined on that date. Ras Al Khaimah was admitted in February 1971.

UAE National Day in Dubai
UAE National Day Celebrations, Dubai

UAE National Day celebrates the formation of the federation. It is a 2-day public holiday held every year, beginning on 2 December. In 2022 UAE National Day will fall on Friday 2 December. It will be the 51st UAE National Day to be held.

Specific events will be announced closer to the date. They typically include extravagant fireworks displays at locations such as Global Village, La Mer, and Dubai Festival City. Spectacular shows are usually held at the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.

The Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram usually run later, as do buses. Announcements are made on the RTA’s website in the days running up to the holiday.

Commemoration Day, held on December 1, is also a public holiday.

Commemoration Day, also known as Martyrs’ Day, celebrates the sacrifices and dedication of Emirati martyrs. Martyrs’ Day was previously observed on 30th November, but it was moved to 1st December in 2019.

National Day is a time for UAE residents, expatriates, and tourists to come together and reflect on the progress that has been made since the country’s formation. It’s a great time to visit the country and see the best it has to offer.

Event Details


Venue: Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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