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UAE National Day: 26 ways to enjoy the long weekend

As the UAE celebrates its Golden Jubilee, these are the best activities, dining deals, spa offers and staycations to help you make the most out of the long weekend. 

ACTIVITIES
Al Maryah Island Abu Dhabi

The Golden Jubilee celebration at Al Maryah Island will present the UAE’s unique history and allow participants to experience the nation’s rich heritage. Amongst the family-friendly activities on offer, guests will get a chance to learn candle and fragrance making, and interact with Falcons. Across the festival, roaming performers will entertain visitors with Al Rawnah (synchronised drums) and camel puppet walkers. Firework displays and drone shows will close each day of the festival, encompassing the spectacular nature of the UAE and the pride of its people.

GO: Visit www.almaryahisland.ae for more information.


Atlantis, The Palm

With the country turning 50 years old, Atlantis, The Palm is getting into the festive mood with celebrations across the special weekend. As no National Day is complete without fireworks, Atlantis will host a spectacular display over the waters of The Palm to mark this momentous event in UAE history. Friday 2 December at 8pm. 

GO: Visit www.atlantis.com/dubai/uae-resident for more information.


Emirates Palace 

An exciting range of festivities will occur under the dazzling Grand Dome at Emirates Palace, including a spread of 50 varieties of dates, fun-filled children’s activities, traditional Al Ayala dance performances, photo opportunities with the resident falcon and a spectacular fireworks display.

GO: Visit https://www.mandarinoriental.com for more information.

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Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan is offering the first 50 visitors to the palace a 50% discount on admission tickets. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy classical Emirati music performed by Abu Dhabi Police’s Music Band with the Symphony of the Nation, taking listeners through UAE’s rich heritage, one tune at a time. As evening descends, visitors will enjoy The Palace in Motion evening light and sound show, featuring a spectacular audiovisual display that is projected onto the Palace’s façade to tell a riveting three-act story on the nation’s journey.

GO Visit www.qasralwatan.ae for more information.


Umm Al Emarat Park 

As a tribute to the year of the 50th, guests can first visit Umm Al Emarat Park’s ‘Journey through Achievements’ maze that highlights 50 key milestones of the UAE in 50 years. Park visitors can immerse themselves in the labyrinth to enrich their knowledge of the UAE and learn about its achievements. Given that the Park is a meeting place that builds on the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed, known for his devotion to the environment and nature, the maze includes a particular focus on the late Sheikh Zayed’s vision of turning the desert green. Umm Al Emarat Park will also be screening the official National Day celebration that is taking place in Hatta and will broadcast the spectacular theatre.

GO: Visit www.ummalemaratpark.ae for more information.


DINING
Address Sky View

Take your taste buds on a celebratory journey with afternoon tea at Address Sky View for the UAE’s 50th National Day. Indulge on Beef Copa Tartine, Spinach Tramezzino with Oscietra Caviar, Golden Coconut Flower, Golden Berry and Lemon Madeleine and lots more while overlooking spectacular views of Downtown and Burj Khalifa. Available from 25 November to 5 December, from 3pm to 7pm. AED 195 per person, including selected tea or coffee     

GO: Email dineatsskyview@addresshotels.com or call 04 873 8888 for reservations and more information.


Armani Hotel Dubai

In honour of the UAE’s 50th anniversary, Armani Hotel Dubai invites you to take a seat for a unique golden jubilee dining experience. Dine at Armani/Amal, Armani/Hashi or Armani/Ristorante for a one-of-a-kind seven-course tasting menu with an Emirati inspired dessert as Armani Hotel Dubai pays homage to the seven emirates with a unified gourmet celebration of local flavours and international flair. Available 28 November to 4 December. AED 550 per person.

GO: Email restaurant.reservations@armanihotels.com or call 04 888 3666 for reservations and more information.


Bite Me Burger

The edgy British-born burger joint from London has launched the ‘Ultimate Burger’ – an exclusive limited-time burger to celebrate the UAE’s 50th National Day. The mammoth burger comes cushioned in soft buns stuffed with aged Wagyu beef patty, tender lobster tail, foie gras, porcini, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, crispy onions and shaved black truffle. Burger-lovers can enjoy this monster burger from Wednesday 1 December to Saturday 4 December at the DIFC’and Jumeirah Park branches. AED 500.

GO: Visit bitemeburgerco.ae for reservations and more information.


Black Tap

Proudly bearing the colours of the UAE flag, the red, white, green and black National Day CrazyShake is a gravity-defying extravaganza. In this all-new concoction, the delicious dessert-in-drink-form features an impressive outer layer of frosting decorated with chocolate, green and red M&Ms. In the glass itself, shake lovers will find an ice cream topped with a slice of light and fluffy, triple-layered velvet cake and swirls of whipped cream. A scattering of crushed pistachios, a generous drizzle of strawberry syrup and the UAE flag add a final flourish to this National Day dessert. Available from 28 November to 3 December.

GO: Visit https://blacktap.com for more information.

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Café Society

Thea homegrown eatery celebrates the 50th National Day of United Arab Emirates with a 50% discount on food items on 2 December 2021. First, taste your way through a delicious set menu that includes a variety of dishes like Marinated grilled chicken breast, breaded chicken parmigiana, beef tenderloin and seafood integrale tagliatelle. Later, bring sweetness to your dining experience with a tempting selection of desserts such as the art deco Tiramisu and icy purple blueberry cake.

GO: Email info@cafesociety.ae or call 04 318 377 for reservations and more information.


Cordelia

As the UAE celebrates its Golden Jubilee, The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm commemorates the occasion with an irresistible National Day lunch. Taking place at its flagship restaurant, Cordelia, diners can experience a glorious celebration of the UAE’s 50th National Day with an authentic Arabic buffet-style lunch featuring ouzi, a salad bar and a dessert station. Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 250 per person.

GO: Email sr.palm.fbres@stregis.com or call 04 218 0125 for reservations and more information.


DoubleTree by Hilton Jumeirah Beach 

DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach is all set to participate in the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations with ‘The Big UAE Birthday Beach BBQ’ celebration. The beach BBQ will feature a spread of locally sourced delicacies, including burrata made in Ras al Khaimah and Oysters from Dibba Bay, as well as live grills and lavish desserts. To add to the marvellous celebrations, a special ‘Golden Globe of the UAE’ themed mocktail list has been curated in an ode to the achievements of the UAE. Thursday 2 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 250 (BBQ and water for adults) and AED 110 (BBQ and water for children).

GO: Email dine.jbr@hilton.com or call 05 166 8092 for reservations and more information.


Marea

Marea in DIFC is a restaurant known for its exquisite Italian seafood-inspired menu. To celebrate UAE National Day, the culinary team has created a dessert in the colours of the UAE flag. The dessert is made of rich caramelised hazelnut filling and a chocolate almond tart with white chocolate creameux. A sweet celebration to mark the golden jubilee of the UAE will be given complimentary to those dining on National Day.

GO: Call 04 583 6366 for reservations and more information.


Punjab Grill

Diners will be immersed in a blend of cultures with the Emirati and Indian fusion cuisine menu, with appetisers such as the savoury luqaimat and Fresh Dibba Bay Oysters topped with gold flakes. Mains inspired by the rich heritage of the UAE include the Emirati-spiced Gulf shrimps and samak machboos, while dessert lovers will be delighted with Chef Sandeep’s date and camel milk brûlée. Available from Monday 29 November to Saturday 4 December in both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai locations. AED 250 per person (three-course set menu).

GO: Call 050 194 1107 (Dubai) and 050 668 3054 (Abu Dhabi) for reservations and more information.


Raffles The Palm Dubai

In commemoration of 50 years of the United Arab Emirates, Raffles the Palm Dubai is showcasing an enriched afternoon tea experience to embody the culture and traditions of the UAE at Blüthner Hall. The afternoon tea will feature a menu inspired by the historical spice trades of the country, celebrating notes of cardamon, rose, halwa, Kashmiri chilli, orange blossom, saffron and fennel, presented to reflect the colours of the nation’s flag. The menu features regional dishes such as falafel wraps, beetroot moutabal sandwich, chicken shawarma wraps and sweet delights including luqaimat, apricot mahalabia, umm ali and osh el bulbul. Available from 25 November to 3 December, from 2pm to 5pm. AED 220 per person.

GO: Visit www.rafflesthepalmdubai.com for more information.


SAUCE

The newly opened homegrown ’50s themed American Diner is celebrating the golden anniversary of the nation by giving their signature Wagyu burger with a golden makeover. The burger comprises a gold bun, patty, lettuce, onion, cheese and signature sauce. Keeping the gold theme in mind, SAUCE has also given a golden touch to their apple pie, made with vanilla ice cream and some gold leaves around it. As a part of the celebration, SAUCE will be offering a 50% discount on all the National Day drinks and cupcakes in the colours of the UAE flag will be offered free to all customers.

GO: Call 056 538 8388 for reservations and more information.


The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

In celebration of the UAE’s 50th National Day, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal invites guests to indulge in the limited edition Golden Jubilicious dessert at the property’s elevated and elegant steakhouse, The Forge. Prepared with 75% dark chocolate and slathered in a rich golden syrup, this decadent dessert is available to guests on 1 and 2 December. AED 55.

GO: Call 02 818 8203 for reservations and more information.


SPA
Address Fountain Views

Step into a world of sheer bliss and serenity with an invigorating aromatherapy massage at The Spa. The Jubilee Massage is complemented with the application of Argan Gold Beautifying Body Oil, leaving your skin with a radiant glow and your mind, body and soul feeling rejuvenated. Available from 26 November to 11 December. AED 500 per person (50-minute treatment).

GO: Email spa.adfvh@addresshotels.com or call 04 245 8888 for reservations and more information.

Address Fountain Views

Emirates Palace

For a weekend of relaxation, the Emirates Palace Spa offers the ultimate pampering session with the 90-minute Rose and Oudh Hammam treatment that includes a complimentary 15-minute shea butter body treatment, priced at AED 1,145. In addition, guests can also treat their skin to a Platinum HydraFacial and enjoy a complimentary 30-minute perk treatment for eyes or lips, priced at AED 1,465. 

GO: Email epauh-spa@mohg.com or call 02 690 7885 for reservations and more information.


Palace Downtown

Jump out of the fast lane with the Carefree Jubilee Journey and relax as you step into a soothing treatment room. Experience the healing benefits of the Sumptuous Hammam Ritual, followed by a luxe sugar scrub and Rasoul mask, completed with a scalp massage, hair wash and hair mask. The journey to bliss is concluded with a full body massage with Argan Gold Beautifying Body Oil, leaving you feeling like royalty. Available from 26 November to 11 December. AED 950 (120-minute treatment).

GO: Email spa.padth@addresshotels.com or call 04 428 7805 for reservations and more information.


Raffles The Palm

Raffles The Palm Dubai’s Cinq Mondes Spa will join the celebrations and introduce treatments to be purchased alongside the afternoon tea, inspired by the local favourite Karak chai. A spiced-up spa experience exploring the Emirati tradition with a wellness twist, the relaxing treatment will use the finest quality black tea leaves and fragrant saffron spices infused within the unique body scrub. The rejuvenating scrub will be followed by a blissful signature massage designed to revive, refresh, and relax. AED 650 per person.

GO: Visit www.rafflesthepalmdubai.com for more information.


The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai JBR

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai Spa showcases an utterly tranquil treatment that combines the refreshing raw ingredients from the Southern Arabian Peninsula, formerly known as Arabia Felix, to celebrate UAE National Day. The Arabia Felix experience begins in a delicately lit room, surrounded by the calming incense of Bakhoor. Starting with gentle exfoliation using a mixture of Dead Sea salt and sands derived from the Emirates, the feet and legs are gently soaked and cleaned in warm relieving camel milk. Next, a calming complete back massage will ease away tension using the heated essential oils, including Argan Oil from North Africa and the healing vapours of Frankincense. AED 760 (60-minute treatment) and AED 960 (90-minute treatment).

GO: Email spa.dubai@ritzcarlton.com or call 04 318 6520 for more information.


STAYCATIONS
Palazzo Versace Dubai

Guests will enjoy a plethora of traditional events and entertainment as the Palazzo Versace Dubai joins the UAE in celebrating 50 years of growth, unity and innovation. Curators of magical moments, Palazzo Versace Dubai will transport you into a glamorous and grandiose world this National Day. The luxurious lobby lounge is the perfect place to mark the occasion or make your way to Mosaico to marvel at Al Ayala folk dance performers, as they move to the steady rhythm of the drums. Then, savour High Tea at Mosaico, enjoying holiday-inspired treats and an extensive selection of the finest teas. Palazzo Versace Dubai will also be offering 50 guests the chance to win a one night stay. To be in with a chance of becoming one of 50 lucky winners this UAE National Day, simply book your stay on www.palazzoversace.ae before 2 December 2021. Rates start from AED 1,550 per room per night.


Park Hyatt Dubai

As the United Arab Emirates prepares to celebrate the 50th National Day, Park Hyatt Dubai offers a splendid way to mark the country’s golden jubilee. Celebrate this historic day at Park Hyatt Dubai, located on the banks of the majestic Dubai Creek, providing an idyllic setting for some luxurious escapism. From 28 November to 22 December, Park Hyatt Dubai offers a 25% discount on all of its suites. Additionally, guests can enjoy daily al fresco breakfasts on the terrace or dine in the elegant white and blue interiors of the Brasserie du Park. Rates are available upon request.

GO: Visit www.parkhyattdubai.com or call 04 602 1234 for reservations and more information.


Th8 Palm

Guests can celebrate the UAE National Day in style with a stay at Th8 Palm with a massive 50% discount. With resort-style facilities, including an infinity pool and outdoor entertainment areas, as well as rooms furnished with a bespoke collection of furniture from international designers, Th8 is the perfect location to relax this UAE National Day. Even better, Th8 boasts an impressive view of the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai’s iconic skyline, making the hotel the perfect viewing spot to enjoy the firework displays as they light up the city. Expect 50% off room rates between 23 November and 4 December.

GO: Email th8palm.reservations@accor.com or call 04 525 8866 for reservations and more information.

th8 palm

The St. Regis Downtown, Dubai

UAE Residents can now get their hands on a curated staycation offering starting from just AED 1,500 per room per night, including complimentary breakfast and AED 200 per stay to spend at any of the hotel’s exquisite restaurants and the luxurious St. Regis Spa. Those booking a superior room will receive AED 200 credit, AED 300 credit when booking a Deluxe room, and those booking a suite will redeem AED 400 in credit. In addition, all guest rooms and suites offer the signature St. Regis Butler Service, providing round-the-clock anticipatory service ensuring every guest’s stay is unique.

GO: Visit stregisdowntowndubai.com for reservations and more information.


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