Everything You Need To Know About UAE National Day
The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven Emirates, which is surrounded by Oman and Saudi Arabia. The country is a blend of tradition and modernity, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular favour tourism across the world. The other five Emirates of UAE include Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah.
Every year marks Commemoration Day and UAE National Day, imbued with a special holiday vibe. It's a joyful moment for UAE residents to relish a five-day-long weekend. People seeking a break and pleasure amid the pandemic should prepare to plan a small yet elegant vacation in different Emirates of UAE, especially around 2nd December 2020 for 'the National Day of UAE’.
The tour during this period will amaze you as all the major cities are decked in hues of National Day. Many platforms will indeed be covering short news in 30 seconds highlighting the celebration amid COVID-19 pandemic.
What Is UAE National Day?
UAE National Day celebration is an annual ceremony of the country's formation on 2 December 1971. This year, it will recognise 49 years of unity among the seven Emirates while embracing the spirit and values, which was headed by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of UAE and now remembered as ‘Father of the Nation’. On the same day, UAE flag was raised for the first time to mark the country's union.
On 2 December 2020, UAE will commemorate 49th National Day with a theme of "Seed of the Union". This year, two public holidays will fall one after the other, marking a five day weekend to indulge in festivities.
1 December 2020 is Commemoration Day
2-3 December 2020 is the 49th UAE National Day holiday
4-5 December 2020 are holidays for those that don't work on weekends
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announces a three-day paid holiday for all private sector establishments, institutions, and entities, from December 1 until December 3, on the occasions of UAE Commemoration Day and the 49th UAE National Day. #MOHRE #UAE pic.twitter.com/QWJye9sFGB— MOHRE_UAE وزارة الموارد البشرية والتوطين (@MOHRE_UAE) November 22, 2020
Considering the long weekend, you have the opportunity to explore festivities and make the most of it. You can either explore Abu Dhabi and Dubai, join the revelry or head to some off-road locations like Hatta and Jebel Jais for the comforting weekend.
The History Behind UAE National Day
UAE consists of seven Emirates - Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, and Ras Al Khaimah. When the British decided to withdraw from its Trucial states in 1968, leaders including His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum of Dubai formed a federation while inviting other Emirates to join.
A special day for the entire nation as it was on this day in 1971 that the United Arab Emirates was formed. The seventh and last Emirate, Ras Al Khaimah joined the UAE in February 1972. A happy National Day UAE is celebrated to express a sense of solidarity and nationality among members of the country. The citizens celebrate "Spirit of the Union" on this day, and it was on this very day in 1968 that British Protectorate treaties were signed.
What Are Customs Of UAE National Day And How It Is Celebrated?
UAE National Day is marked by a number of celebrations from parades to LIVE performances and here are some of the celebrations.
People sing the national anthem, which is followed by flag hoisting
The Kaleidoscopic parades that present and showcase the cultural and traditional practices of UAE. You can enjoy seeing floats, drummers, traditionally dressed men and women, marching bands, etc. But this year will be different with Coronavirus pandemic affecting people worldwide.
People dressed in patriotic colours where you can see kids and adults both dressed in colours of the national flag
One of the major spots to enjoy in the country is 'fireworks' at night. It doesn't matter whether you are in Sharjah or Abu Dhabi, you can enjoy the fireworks from anywhere.
Last but not the least one 'car parade', this is for someone who likes to be in the middle of all the bustle and celebration. There are car owners, who decorate their cars by painting them in national colours, national flags, and flowers.
How You Can Celebrate UAE National Day 2020 Amid Pandemic?
This year's theme is "Seed of the Union", which features visuals, and cultures to narrate the story of growth over the last 49 years. The LIVE telecast can be seen and if you love shopping, head to various shops and malls across Emirates. The tallest building of the world Burj Khalifa, which is close to the largest mall of the world Dubai Mall will be lit up in the colours of the flag followed by a wonderful and awe-spring beauty of Dubai Fountain.
What Is Allowed on UAE National Day?
With Coronavirus affecting the world around, officials of the United Arab Emirates have warned and issued some guidelines for people on UAE National Day and upcoming celebrations like Christmas and New Years Eve. It will be best in incorporating new UAE National Day decoration ideas at home.
The rules state that concerts can only be held after receiving approval from authorities and only with applications of all precautionary measures.
There are five basic rules to keep in mind while celebrating UAE National Day - public health, physical distancing regulations and policies, digital technology, sterilization, and cleaning.
Meanwhile, it is stressed that all private parties and gatherings are not allowed, areas for isolation of sick individuals must be provided different entry and exit routes at all facilities should be clearly marked using posters
The rules are part of a number of precautionary measures taken by the UAE government to limit the spread of Coronavirus infection.
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