National Day Weekend

The best places to visit on this festive occasion

The UAE is gearing up for a historic 52nd National Day celebration this weekend. On Saturday, December 2, 2023, the country will pay homage to its history and heritage while looking towards the future with optimism and excitement.

With the holidays coming up ahead of the festivities, everyone is planning on getaways and some time off. One is spoiled for choice when it comes to options for said trips. KHAMSA has got your back with a list highlighting the places you need to consider for the weekend outings.

١. Jebel Jais

A trip to the mountains is practically among every UAE resident’s favourite getaway plans. Why make it any different this 52nd National Day? Head to Jebel Jais for a lovely drive through the swirling corners of one of nature’s most breathtaking mountain roads and snap those photographs in abundance.

٢. Global Village

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Dubai’s Global Village, in its 28th season, presents cultural performances, themed activities, and live entertainment. Highlights this National Day weekend include the operetta “UAE’s Vision,” showcasing the nation’s rich cultural heritage. Visitors can experience traditional Emirati arts, henna art, and falcon interactions, and find UAE-themed souvenirs at stalls like 971 from the Community, Khalifa Foundation, and Hamdan Heritage Centre.

٣. The View at the Palm

The View Palm is a remarkable 360-degree observatory, offering immersive views of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah at 240 meters above. The observatory deck on Level 52 provides breathtaking vistas of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai skyline, and the island, complemented by an exclusive 120-square-meter VIP lounge with a versatile design and scenic outdoor terrace. The lounge, equipped with advanced amenities, serves as a stylish space for dining and entertainment, enhancing the overall experience.

٤. Dubai Miracle Garden

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Dubai hosts the world’s largest natural flower garden in the Miracle Garden, boasting 150 million flowers of diverse varieties. Among its attractions is the renowned Dubai Butterfly Garden, the world’s largest butterfly sanctuary, featuring 15,000 butterflies from over 20 species. This meticulously designed indoor garden includes custom climate-controlled sections, enhancing the overall visitor experience this National Day weekend.

٥. Burj Khalifa

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The world’s tallest building needs no introduction. Visiting Burj Khalifa is a bucket list item for everyone, but its real appeal lies in how it manages to stay refreshing even after multiple visits. With breathtaking views from incredible heights, this skyscraper is a true sight to behold, whether you visit during the day or at night. So this National Day weekend, make sure to take a trip to the city’s peak.

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