Forget all the rage about Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals – National Day Long weekend in the UAE is always THE BEST time to find super deals on UAE family attractions!
We’ve done our best to gather the best we can find from around the UAE for National Day 48 – to be celebrated between 29 November and 3 December. National Day itself is marked on 2 December – 48 years since the country unified under the leadership of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nayhan.
On this page you will find:
- Attraction Discounts
- Public Events & Fireworks
- Staycation Deals
UAE Attraction Ticket Specials for National Day 48
Yas Theme Parks Special Offers
Across all of the Yas Island Theme Parks from 28 November to 2 December, UAE Residents can avail a fabulous 48% discount on tickets to Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (offer must be redeemed online via the website for each attraction – EID required as proof at the gate):
Abu Dhabi’s Biggest Water Battle
You can also join in with a spectacular National Day special event at Yas Waterworld at 11:48am on December 2; Abu Dhabi’s Biggest Water Battle. Pick your water pistol and join the fun at the Amwaj Wave Pool.
You can learn more about all the Yas Island theme parks and how to get there from Abu Dhabi city and Dubai in this detailed Yas Theme Parks Guide
Legoland Dubai & Legoland Water Park
Enjoy another of Legoland’s awesome resident deals on the long weekend:
- Buy 1 ticket to Legoland Dubai or Legoland Water Park and get three more for only 48AED each.
- Valid 28 November to 3 December 2019
Motiongate, Dubai Parks & Resorts
And joining the National Day celebration Motiongate are also putting on a fabulous Residents-only special:
- Buy one full-priced ticket 275AED and get three more for only 48AED each
- Valid 28 November to 3 December 2019
The Wonder Maze, Riverland Dubai
Want completely FREE access to the Wonder Maze (just outside of Motiongate at Riverland, Dubai Parks and Resorts)?
- You just need to be under 15 years old and wearing UAE flag colours or carrying a UAE flag. That easy!
- Valid Friday 29 November through to 3 December 10am to 10pm.
Al Ain Zoo, Al Ain
It is well worth heading down the freeway to Al Ain in order to enjoy 48% off the already great entry price for Al Ain Zoo & Safari from 10 November to 29 November
- Adults 16.48AED
- Kids 5.46AED
- Safari Entertainer 109.20AED
La Perle, Dubai
La Perle is offering 48% off all tickets (excluding bronze) during the National Day weekend- Thursday, November 28 to Tuesday, December 3 inclusive. Reduced rates start at 302AED. Shows are at 7pm and 9.30pm.
Dreamland, Umm Al Quwain
The legendary water park of UAQ, next door to Barracudas, is running a spectacular winter special with entry tickets to their extensive waterpark facilities only 48AED; The catch? Only the first 48 customers for 48 days!
- Runs from 14 November to 31 December 2019
- If 48AED have run out, you can still get 48% off your entry ticket
- Avail offer only at the gate, not online.
UAE National Day 48 Celebrations – Public events
“Legacy of our Ancestors”
A live performance celebrating the story of the UAE’s past using special effects, sounds and visuals.
- You need to advance book your tickets 60AED each/4 for 50AED
- Held at Zayed Sports City Abu Dhabi
National Day Fireworks, Dubai
On 1 & 2 December 2019
- Al Seef 8pm
- La Mer 8.30pm
- The Beach 9pm
2 December 2019 only
- The Pointe 8pm
- Global Village 9pm
National Day Fireworks Abu Dhabi
On 2 December 2019
- Zayed Heritage Festival 8pm
- Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium 8pm
- Madinat Zayed, Al Dahfra 8pm
- Abu Dhabi Corniche 9pm
These are all free firework displays.
“Faces of the Nation”
Two curated “Imagine” shows will be held on 2 December at 8pm and 10pm, at Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City Mall, followed by fireworks displays.
Qasr Al Watan, Presidential Palace Abu Dhabi
From 1pm on 2 December the public are invited to attend Qasr al Watan. There will be a welcome procession, followed by entertainment inside the Great Hall from 4pm and 6pm including Ayalah dancers. Children will have the opportunity to dress up and learn the steps at the Ayalah dance.
Come night, the exterior of Qasr al Watan will be illuminated with the colours of the UAE flag. Usual entry charges will apply for general admission and grounds only passes.
Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Following the conclusion of the Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday 1 December, Monday 2 December will see the track transformed for National Day celebrations from 3pm through to a fireworks display at 9pm.
Throughout the afternoon enjoy live performances, Ayala dancers, a classic cars display, F1 Fanzone, heritage village, food stalls and market stalls.
You can also enjoy three days of activity over at Yas Marina promenade with theatre performances (4pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm), roaming entertainment, heritage arts, face painting from 1 to 3 December.
Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains Show
You can always rely on the Burj Khalifa to take prime position on special occasions! National Day is no exception where you can find a special LED light show for National Day on 1 & 2 December at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm.
Around Souk Al Bahar there’s also a big program of events lined up all over the weekend you will find Ayalah and Yola dance performances. Presenters from the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding will provide an overview of the country’s culture and traditions to visitors. You will also find a pearl diving exhibit and photography exhibit presented by Watani Al Emarat Foundation.
Polo at Ghantoot Racing Club, Abu Dhabi
A special polo match will be held on November 29th, 2pm to 9pm. As well as watching the action on the pitch, families can enjoy from the sidelines falconry shows, camel and pony rides in a designated picnic area.
Khalifa Park Food Festival, Abu Dhabi
A National Day Carnival will be held between December 2 to 7 from 8am daily. Food and drink stalls along with music, fashion shows, comedy shows and cultural exhibitions all about the UAE.
La Mer & Global Village Concerts, Dubai
Nightly entertainment for music fans can be found at La Mer on 29 November, 1 December and 2 December at 9pm. You can catch Emirati artists Eida Al Menhali, Balqees, Hussain Al Jassmi and Kuwaiti star Essa Al Marzouq.
The action continues over at Global Village, 9pm on 2 December with Emirati star Hamad Al Amri, after the National Anthem
Global Village, Dubai
From 1 to 3 December at Global Village also enjoy “The Operatta – Zayed: Leader of the Humans” on the main stage. Listen out for the largest gathering reciting the National Anthem – planned for 9pm 1 & 2 December. You can also participate in a 5-metre wide finger painting of the UAE flag, a ribbon maze and the distribution of 30,000 UAE flags.
Accommodation deals over the National Day long weekend
If you’re still looking for a long weekend getaway in the UAE, check out these National Day long weekend offers:
Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
Look out for free room upgrades and half board packages at no extra charge. You will also get 2 free tickets to La Perle and a 150AED spa voucher.
Studio One Hotel, Dubai
Look out for there 48 hours for 490dhs special offer for guest checking in Friday 29 November.
Keep your eye out for their 48-hour flash sale. Between midnight, Monday 2 December and Tuesday 3 December, you can get 48% off booking for stays between December 7 and 24, 2019.
Fairmont the Palm
Advance book your next staycation between 28 November and 2 December to get 40% off your next holiday, including room, 2 hours of play at the Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club, free dining for under 6’s, beach and pool access. Offer to be redeemed between January 4 and October 3 2020.
We are still getting offers from media partners into our inbox so will update this post in the lead up to National Day – Bookmark this page so you can come back and see our special offers!!
Before you go… more UAE Family Ideas
If you’re still looking for winter and long weekend plans in the UAE, Don’t forget to check out these guides:
- Best of UAE Winter Weekends
- 8 Incredible short getaways in easy reach of Dubai
- 6 Ecotourism Destinations to try in the UAE
- Celebrate Emirati culture at the Al Dhafra Festival this December
Come and chat in our Family Travel in the Middle East Facebook group if you are seeking more ideas.