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What To Do In Dubai On The National Day Celebration 46 While During A Short Visit?

UAE 46th National Day Celebration is on Dec 2nd and Dec 3rd. Dubai will be packed with festivities, great food, local delicacies and many cultural celebrations. It is a special time for visitors or people passing through.


Firstly, Dubai International Airport is one of busiest airport in the world in 2016 for international travelers. In 2016, a record breaking 83.6 million passengers passed through Dubai International Airport (DXB) heading to more than 260 destinations, across 6 continents on more than 140 scheduled airlines. DXB authorities estimate that some 100 million passengers will pass through the airport within the next 3 years or so.

With all that in mind, as a traveler, you are very likely to end up in Dubai International Airport in a layover (aka transit) or you might be there on a business trip, or you might just go there for the sake of going there for a short period of time.

Secondly, HEADS-UP, in December, UAE will have its national day celebration on the 2nd and 3rd of December. If you are going to the UAE or just passing through, Dubai is going to be packed and traffic will be MAD all over the city.

So why would anyone want to go to Dubai during this time of the year?

What’s Happening In Dubai On National Day?


Tourism authorities of Dubai said that National Day is one of the most celebrated days in the UAE due to its historical significance in modern day Emirates. Dubai will burst out in cultural celebrations and festivities. Some of the things that you might see include: traditional dances, shows, parades and concerts with celebrity appearances.

Here is a list of things happening this weekend:

  • The Dubai Rugby Sevens On Nov 30th : On of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. The event lasts 3 days.
  • Splash Party: the perfect time for kids to enjoy and have great fun at the Splash n Party
  • Winter Market at St Regis Dubai
  • City Walk: A 4 day festival to celebrate local heritage
  • Light Show at the Wafi Mall

And be sure to hunt for massive discounts all over the city.

What Can you Do On A Short Visit Or Layover This Weekend?


First and for most, it is going to be very busy time this weekend there. So, make sure you choose the most suitable mode of transportation to avoid all the traffic shenanigan.

We recommend the train (Dubai Metro).

TIP: you need to get ready for walking. You will be walking a lot. But the good news is: the weather will be nice – highest temperature will be 29 Celsius with average humidity of about 40%. This weather is made for walking. Plus, walking saves you lots of money and it is good for your health.

Getting Around Dubai

Image from Time Out Dubai

Image from Time Out Dubai

If you land in Dubai International Airport, head to Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, whichever one closest to you, and take the Dubai Metro and get to the city.

Or if you land in Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), you make take the bus or hire a ride. The public transportation authority states: bus services link Al Maktoum Airport to the City Centre and also provide transfers to Dubai International Airport. Taxis are also available with both services operated by the Road and Transports Authority (RTA).

Of course, you don’t have to use the bus to get to the city center. You just need to get to the nearest train station and move on to explore the city with the train. Here are the two buses available at DWC:

  • Bus no F55 – Ibn Battuta Station
  • Bus no F55A – Satwa Station

Additionally, you can get an UBER and get around at least to the train stations, unless you’re willing to spend more money.

Take note: there is also a Monorail that takes you into The Palm Jumeirah. The Dubai Metro doesn’t go into the Palm, but it comes within a walking distance to the Monorail station.

6 Places You Must Visit On A Short Visit

1. Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall


Metro Station: Dubai Mall

The mall is a great stop for shoppers. Or just simply for people who like the mall. The tower (Burj) is only 700 meters (10 minutes) – walking distance from the train station.

There are many things to explore in this area:

  • Ice Rink
  • Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  • Lots of Eateries
  • A nice walk to Dubai Downtown

2. Burj Al Arab


Metro Station: FGB Metro Station 2

Distance From Burj Al Arab: 3.5 KM

It is not a good idea to walk this distance. But, you can get a 5 minutes UBER ride which would cost you around $8.

Or, you can take a bus ride, which would cost you around $1 but 30 minutes on the road. If you don’t mind that, go ahead and take the bus. There is more to see this way.

Once you get to Burj Al Arab, you can go exploring the area, take some pictures, check out the Wild Wadi Waterpark, and spend some time on the beach.

3. Palm Jumeirah Dubai


Metro Station: Nakheel

Distance to Monorail Station: 1.7 KM

We recommend you walk as you will be walking along some important local land marks like American University Dubai, Dubai Media City Park, and other places.

4. Wafi Mall


Metro Station: Dubai Healthcare City Metro Station A2

Destination to Wafi: next door

In this area, besides visiting the mall, you can visit the Dubai Dolphinarium and several other places to check out.

5. Dubai Garden Glow


Metro Station: Al Jafiliya Station

Distance from the Garden: 2.4 KM walking/1.4 KM drive

You can get an Uber ride that would cost you nearly $8. Best you walk. But it is a little unusual to walk that distance.

What do here? Well, this place is a nice break for everyone. There is the dinosaur park and many more places just to lay back and relax.

6. Ski Dubai


Metro Station: Sharaf DG Metro Station

Distance to Ski Dubai: 1.2 Km (15 minute walk)

There is also the mall of Emirates to check. But the Ski experience is on top of all. You’re in a ski resort – indoors.

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Happy national Day!