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 celebrates the formation of the federation. It is 2-day public holiday held every year, beginning on 2 December. In 2020 UAE National Day will fall on Wednesday 2 December. It will be the 49th UAE National Day to be held.
Wednesday 2 December and Thursday 3 December 2020 will be public holidays for both public and private sector workers.
Celebrations are held throughout Dubai and the other emirates. Buildings are decorated with the UAE flag and symbols.
Tuesday December 1 2020 is also a public holiday (Commemoration Day).
Events planned for 2020 have not been released at the time of writing (June 2020). In previous years they have included free firework displays and concerts (La Mer, The Beach, Al Seef, Global Village etc.).
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