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The 44th UAE National Day.

The United Arab Emirates celebrates 44 glorious years as a Nation on this day. The seven Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain joined together to become one of the world’s fastest growing and most successful countries.

Celebrate this truly significant day with the nation by participating in or experiencing a number of fantastic and patriotic events around the city of Dubai.

Enjoy the annual National Day Parade at Downtown Dubai by Emaar, or take part in a fun 7k walk across the seven Emirates through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. There will be plenty to do in malls around the city with National Day celebrations as well as sporting events such as the Flyboard X Dubai World CupWorld Air Games,Masters of Dirt rally champs and one of the region’s biggest and longest running sporting events, The Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens.

To mark this glorious occasion, the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority are hosting a National Day Heritage Celebration with traditional troupes, theatre shows and more at the Heritage Village. There will also be a National Day boat parade at the Dubai Marina Yacht Club to add to the activities on this memorable day.

Experience or be part of a massive bicycle procession as numerous cyclists, both adults and kids, take part in a 37km ride while holding the National Flag. Don’t forget to mark your calendar and make this an amazing and proud day to remember.                  

Here's all that you can expect on the 44th UAE National Day: 

Crowds waving the Emirati flag amassed on both sides of the boulevard. The drums roll, trumpets sound and the National Day parade begins. The UAE is celebrating its 44th year of unity on December 2.



All you need to know about the Metro, Tram, Bus timings, Free Parking Spots and much more. 

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced timings of various services covering customer service centres, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, marine transit modes, driving schools, and vehicle testing and registration centres during holidays to mark the 44th National Day and Commemoration Day.

Moaza Al Marri, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communication, RTA, announced the following timings for various entities:

Customer Service Centres

Service Centres will be closed starting Tuesday, December 1 and will resume duty on Sunday, December 6.

Paid parking

Paid parking zones all over Dubai, except for Fish Market parking lot and multi-level parking terminals, will be free of charge from December 1, and fees will be reactivated on Saturday, December 5, she added.

Dubai Metro

On December 1 and 2, Green Line stations will start service at 5.50 am up to 12am (midnight), and on December 3, service will continue up to 1am (the following day). On Friday, December 4, service will run from 10am up to 1am (the following day). On December 5 and 6, stations will open from 5.50am to 12am (midnight).

On December 1 and 2, Red Line stations will start service at 5.30am up to 12am (midnight), and on December 3, service will continue up to 1am (the following day). On Friday, December 4, the service will run from 10am up to 1am (of the following day). On December 5 and 6, stations will open from 5.30am to 12am (midnight).

Dubai Tram

From the December 1-3, Dubai Tram will start service at 6.30 am up to 1am (the following day). On Friday, December 4, service will run from 9am up to 1am (the following day). On December 5 and 6, from 6.30 am up to 1am (of the following day).

Public buses

From December 1-3, main stations of public buses, such as the Gold Souk, will start bus service from 4.25 am up to 1am (the following day). Al Ghubaiba Station will offer service from 5am up to 12.10 am (past midnight). Subsidiary Stations, such as Satwa, will start service from 5am up to 11.15 pm, except for C01 Route which offers 24/7 service. Al Qusais Station will open at 4.40 am up to 10.50 pm, Al Quoz Industrial Station will open from 5am up to 11.35 pm, and Jebel Ali Station will open from 5.45 am to 9.45 pm.

The Metro Feeder bus service at Rashidiya, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall, Burj Khalifa, Etisalat and Abu Hail Stations, will open at 5.15 am up to 1.10 am (the following day). The timing of feeder bus service will be synchronized with the timing of the metro services.

The Inter-city Bus service at main stations such as Al Ghubaiba will be operating around the clock to offer services to Sharjah (Jubail Station), and from 5am up to 11.40 pm to Abu Dhabi. Subsidiary Stations, such as Sabkha, will offer intercity-bus service from 6am am up to 1.30 (the following day), whereas Deira City Center Station will operate from 5.30 am to 11.35 pm, and Karama Station will open from 6.10 am up to 10.20 pm.

External Stations, such as Ajman Route, will start at 4.30 am and continue up to 11.30 pm. Fujairah Route will start service at 6am up to 10.05 pm, and Hatta Route will be on service from 6am am to 10.05 pm.

The Water Bus at Marina Station will operate from 12pm up to 12am (midnight). The Water Taxi will offer service at Al Ghubaiba Station from 10am to 6pm, Marina Mall Station from 2pm up to 10pm, The Palm Jumeirah – Atlantis from 9am up to 8pm, and The Palm Jumeirah – Rixos from 11am to 7pm. The Dubai Ferry will make three trips from Al Ghubaiba Station to Marina Mall at 11am, 1pm and 6.30 pm. There will be a one-hour trip at 3pm within the Dubai Creek, and another one at 5pm pm to the Jumeirah Beach Park. At the Marina Station, the Ferry will offer three trips Al Ghubaiba-bound trips at 11am, 1pm and in addition to a trip at 6pm. A one-hour trip will also be operated heading to Burj Al Arab at 3pm, and Atlantis Hotel at 5pm.


Electrical abras will operate at the Global Village from 4pm up to 1am (the following day), Burj Khalifa from 6pm to 11pm, Mamzar Station from 5pm up to 1am (the following day), and Atlantis from 1pm to 9pm. Diesel-powered abras will offer service at Baniyas, Sabkha, Old Souk, and Al Ghubaiba) from 10am to 12am (midnight).

Vehicle testing and registration centres

Vehicle testing and registration centres will be closed from December 1 to 3 and resume duty on Saturday, December 5.