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Join the festivities in Abu Dhabi for Union Day, marking the unity of the United Arab Emirates. Enjoy a lively celebration of heritage and achievements, bringing families and friends together.

Explore a variety of events, from cultural exhibits to local performances and shopping sales. Embrace the spirit of unity and culture during this special occasion. Check out our two-day itinerary to make the most of the long weekend celebration!

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Day 1

Option A: Immerse in culture at the Sheikh Zayed Festival

This Union Day, experience the spirit of cultural enrichment at the Sheikh Zayed Festival in Abu Dhabi, a celebration of unity and diversity. Guided by the principles of tolerance, brotherhood, and peace, the festival embodies the expanding horizons and diversifying paths of culture. Rooted in the values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, this event stands as a testament to his efforts in preserving the cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi. Indulge in the festivities, featuring international music concerts, wildlife exploration, global culinary delights, and exciting family competitions.

Option B: Experience entertainment at The Festival at Masdar City

Experience a dynamic celebration of sustainability and innovation at The Festival in Masdar City. Engage in interactive workshops, explore lively art installations, and enjoy live performances across the Ma’an Pavilion and Octopus Electric Vehicles zone. Be part of the UAE’s 52nd Union Day festivities with plenty of traditional and cultural workshops to participate in. And if you’re in for an active session, lace up for a sustainability run organised by the Authority for Social Contribution - Ma’an. There’s something for everyone, make sure not to miss out!

Option B: Experience entertainment at The Festival at Masdar City

Enjoy the sounds of the UAE

On Friday 1st December, Etihad Arena will welcome a spectacular showcase with Emirati superstars Hussain Al Jassmi, Ahlam, and Balqees, together celebrating the vibrant spirit of the UAE.

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Day 2

Option A: Embrace unity at Qasr Al Hosn

Experience a day filled with cultural activities, shared stories, and the spirit of togetherness that makes Abu Dhabi special. Create lasting memories and explore the emirate’s heritage and community spirit. During Union Day, Qasr Al Hosn becomes the heart of unity, inviting you to engage in the vibrant atmosphere of Abu Dhabi. Come along and celebrate local history and the essence of Abu Dhabi's community.

Option B: Illuminate your senses at Manarat Al Saadiyat

Step into a world of artistic wonder curated by both local and international talents. Engage in immersive workshops that captivate your creativity. This cultural haven promises an enriching experience with a diverse range of art exhibitions. Celebrate the spirit of the UAE's Union Day surrounded by the beauty of expression and innovation.

Celebrate with khaleeji music icons

Mark your calendars for Saturday 2nd December. Al Ain Square will be featuring performances by the iconic Eida Al Menhali, Diana Haddad and Aseel Hameem.

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A whole weekend of celebration
Explore a range of events and activities taking place in Abu Dhabi over the long weekend. Celebrate your way!