There are going to be celebrations across the city for the 46th UAE National Day…

UAE National Day is this Saturday December 2, and we will be celebrating 46 years since the UAE’s six emirates united.

And as well as an extra day off work for public sector workers, Dubai comes alive with festivities, parties and those ever-dazzling fireworks displays.

Update: Initially it was thought there would be a firework display at the Burj Khalifa but this is not the case.

Here are four fireworks displays happening in Dubai for UAE National Day. 

1. La Mer

This recently opened spot has transformed the beachfront in Jumeirah 1 into a shiny new seaside destination complete with 130 shops and restaurants (not all open yet) plus play areas for the little ones. For National Day, they will be putting on their first fireworks show on Friday December 1.

La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Friday December 1, 9.30pm, free. More info on website

2. Global Village

It’s now in its 22nd season, and Global Village continues to be one of the emirate’s most popular attractions. Although the spot puts on a bi-weekly fireworks display every Thursday and Friday from 9pm anyway, expect an even bigger show this weekend for National Day (which will also be at 9pm).

Global Village, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai, Saturday to Wednesday 4pm to 12am Thursday, Friday, and Public Holidays, 4pm to 1am, Mondays are dedicated to Families and Ladies only. Nov 1 2017 to April 7 2018, Dhs15, children under 3 and seniors over 65 free. More info on website

3. The Beach, JBR

Popular with both tourists and residents alike, you’ll need to get down to The Beach on JBR early to bag the best spot for their annual National Day fireworks display. It will be on Saturday December 2 – we will let you know the exact timings as soon as we know them.

The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Saturday December 2, 9.30pm, free. More info on website

4. Dubai Festival City

Well known for their annual National Day Celebrations, there’s plenty going on across Dubai Festival City for the 46th National Day celebrations. As well as flypast jets and live entertainment, there will be two fireworks shows at 9pm and 10.30pm on Saturday December 2.

Dubai Festival City, Saturday December 2, from 1pm onwards, fireworks at 9pm and 10.30pm, free. More info on website

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