The massive line-up of exciting entertainment events organized by the Dubai
Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) ran over a period of
four days from December 2 to 5 to mark the 32nd UAE National Day attracted over
350,000 visitors to heritage sites and three shopping malls in Dubai and
The celebration kicked off in the presence of Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan bin
Rashid Al Maktoum and DTCM officials, including Marwan bin Beyat, DTCM Manager Events and Chairman of 32nd UAE National Day Festival
Committee, and Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, DTCM Manager, Media Relations.
The DTCM’s National Day Festival celebrations were conducted successfully
under the supervision of a team of UAE national employees of the DTCM, including Abdul Salam Mubarak, Shaikha Al Mutawa,
Zainab Mamoun, Aisha Butti, Safia bu Malha, and Nasser Juma.
Mr. bin Beyat said: “The response to the programmes has been
overwhelming and far exceeded our expectations. People turned up in large
numbers at all the venues, including the three shopping malls that were added to the list of venues for the first time this year.”
He added: “The events were full of entertainment and edutainment and were
designed to reflect the cultural richness, diversity, and progress of the
country. A lot of hard work and creative thinking has gone into the making of
this year’s celebrations refreshingly different.”
The events included opera, street carnival, fireworks, photo exhibitions,
stage and dance shows for the children, and cultural programmes.
Deira City Centre, Mercato, and BurJuman were added to the list of venues
for the first time to ensure large participation.
The ‘Union Opera’, involving more than 60 children and traditional music and
dance, was designed to express people’s love and support to the UAE leaders for facilitating fast progress and prosperity of the country through
were offered glimpses into the making of the UAE and the country’s phenomenal progress in every sphere of life an exhibition of
photographs taken by the UAE’s renowned photographers, Noor Ali Rashid
and Ramesh Shukla.
Every day, a ‘Loyalty March for the Union Leaders’ took place at the
picturesque Hatta Heritage Village, an hour’s drive from Dubai. The colourful
parade featured three generations of UAE nationals in their traditional best.
The other programmes included ‘Knowing the Emirates’ competitions,
traditional food demonstration, camel riding, face painting, ‘Union March’
exhibition, Police Band and Police Cavaliers shows, and Parachute Diving
Specially designed travel bags containing mementos like mugs, caps,
T-shirts and UAE flags were distributed to the visitors at the venues.
The three shopping malls hosted ‘Kids Show’, ‘Ali Baba’s Adventures in the
UAE’ and photo exhibitions on the UAE’s history and development right from
the pre oil-boom days.
On the concluding day of the celebrations, the department, in association
with the Emirates Culinary Guild, Noor Sunflower Oil and 16 of the leading
Dubai hotels, prepared and distributed 32,000 date beignets.
A sponge cake weighing 3,200 kilograms and measuring 32 square metres
was prepared on the second day of the festival at the Heritage Village by the
chefs of the hotels operated by the Jumeirah International.
A total of 320 staff members from the Jumeirah International properties
worked to finish the cake in a record 320 hours and it took about 90 minutes
to distribute 32,000 pieces to the unprecedented crowds that thronged the
The cake had the replicas of Dubai’s famous architectural landmarks -
Jumeirah International’s world famous properties, including the world’s
tallest hotel, Burj Al Arab.