The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai Municipality have jointly lined up a series of programmes across the emirate to celebrate 34th UAE National Day on a grand scale.
The fun-filled and colourful events are to be held at public parks and shopping malls from December 1 to 4.
Details of the programmes were announced at a Press conference held at the DTCM Head Office today (November 27). It was addressed by DTCM Director Operations and Marketing, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb, DTCM Manager Events, Mr. Marwan bin Beyat, Mr. Ahmed Abdul Kareem, Director of Public Parks and Horticulture Department, Dubai Municipality, and Mr. Mohammed Al Fardan, Head of Promotions and Recreation Office at Public Parks and Horticulture Department, Dubai Municipality.
This year’s National Day celebrations are in line with the UAE government's vision to continue the march to progress started by the UAE Founder President, late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and continued under the leadership of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
DTCM have partnered with the Dubai Municipality and 75 hotels have joined hands to celebrate the historic occasion. The planned programmes are to be held at the Ibn Batuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Mercato, Mushrif Park, Al Safa Park, Al Mamzar Park, Jumeirah Beach and Children’s City at the Creek Park.
Mr. bin Hareb said: "The tremendous progress of the UAE since the birth of the federation in 1971 has set a precedent to the world, marking it as a successful model for economic development. The UAE achieved spectacular progress under the leadership of the UAE Founder President, late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The great task of nation-building and the march to excellence is now being carried forward by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in line with the vision and aspiration of late Sheikh Zayed and Members of the UAE Supreme Council."
"On behalf the DTCM Director General Mr. Khalid A bin Sulayem, I congratulate the Rulers of Dubai and its people for working hard to transform Dubai into the icon of excellence and a successful model," he said.
An extensive media campaign has been launched by the DTCM in tandem with Dubai Municipality and leading advertising agencies to highlight the significance of the event and educate the old and young about the progress that the nation has made in the last three decades.
As many as 75 hotels will be joining the UAE National Day celebrations being sponsored by Philips, Nestle, Emirates Culinary Guild, Jumeirah and Paris Gallery.
"The major highlight of the celebrations will be the baking of the biggest banana cake in the shape of the UAE National Flag at the Dubai Creek Park. Traditional dances and songs will also be organized at the same venue in the evening,” Mr. bin Hareb noted.
“More than 30,000 visitors are expected to visit the Creek Park daily between December 1-4 to witness the cake baking event and also the cultural programmes," said DTCM Manager Events, Mr. Marwan bin Beyat.
"Fireworks will light up the sky on the first two days (December 1 and 2) of the celebrations at the Al Seef Street between 8.30 pm and 8.45 p.m. A wide-range of programmes, quizzes and competitions will be held for school children at the shopping malls," he said.
“The participating hotels will offer floral tributes to hotel visitors during the four days of celebrations. The floral tributes will be made in the shape of a UAE National flag,” Mr. bin Beyat added.
More than 10,000 giveaways will be presented to the visitors to shopping malls and public parks during the celebrations.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ahmed Abdul Kareem appreciated the DTCM for laying out elaborate plans for the UAE National Day. "It has been a pleasure for us to be associated with the DTCM for the celebration of such an important occasion. We welcome all residents to visit our parks during the four-day celebrations."
Apart from Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police will also join in the celebrations with the Dubai Police Band performing at the Creek Park everyday.