Al Maryah Island Celebrates the UAE’s 46th National Day

Al Maryah Island Celebrates the UAE’s 46th National Day with a Colourful Display of Fireworks, Live Cultural Performances and Festive Activities

  • Al Maryah Island’s waterfront Promenade will celebrate the spirit of the union
  • Guests can enjoy live cultural performances, festive activities, cooking stations and much more
  • Celebrations to end with a colorful four-minute fireworks display at 9pm

Abu Dhabi, 26 November 2017, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s business and lifestyle destination, and the home of exceptional experiences in the capital, is celebrating the UAE’s 46th National Day on December 1st and 2nd.


Al Maryah Island’s stunning waterfront Promenade will be transformed to resemble the era of the union’s early days. Overall giving a traditional look and feel, the perimeter will feature architectural installations of traditional Arabic houses (Barajeel) to reflect the rich Emirati heritage of the UAE. Situated alongside the Promenade, the luxury shopping and dining destination, The Galleria, will host families and friends with true Arabic hospitality, serving traditional Gahwa (Coffee), dates, and more, as they relax in an authentic Arabic setting.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to enjoy live cultural performances, food trucks, traditional photo booths, and live stage performances from Ayalla, Habriya, and Yolla band. To ignite the celebrations, guests will enjoy the colourful fireworks display on the waterfront.

One of the highlights includes a fun photo booth allowing visitors to get a taste of being a local Emirati dressed in an Abaya or Kendora, giving them a fun keepsake to take home or share on social media. Other activities include henna and sand artists, caricature drawings, and calligraphy.

The public event will feature a dedicated kids’ area that includes UAE flag and Burqa making, camel sculpturing, face painting and National Day-themed cookie decorating. A selection of prominent UAE companies, who are also Al Maryah Island tenants, have joined forces to sponsor the occasion and highlight their support for the celebrations. Ali Eid AlMheiri, Executive Director, Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure, said “Al Maryah Island is proud to be celebrating the 46th UAE National Day. We look forward to welcoming visitors from Abu Dhabi and beyond to mark this very special occasion, and hosting a truly memorable celebration.”

Dhaher Bin Dhaher Al Mheiri, CEO of Registration Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market said “The 2nd of December is a day to remember with pride the declaration of the Federation of the UAE, it is also a day to recall with gratitude the founder of our modern renaissance, the late Shaikh Zayed Al Nahyan, and the fellow founding fathers, for laying the solid building blocks of a country that has marked many achievements throughout these late 46 years. I am honored to be celebrating this day with Al Maryah Island community, reflecting our unity, progress and national sovereignty.

Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri, Chief Executive Officer, Mubadala Petroleum, Said ‘’ Mubadala Petroleum are happy to join the UAE National celebrations with our colleagues at Al Maryah Island, there is a great value in collaborating and showing the nation’s unity spirit in such occasions, where we can come together as one community to express our love, loyalty and belonging to the UAE and its great leadership, as well as remember and honor our brave soldiers and faithful martyrs for their sacrifices for our country. “

Saeed Al Darei, Executive Vice-President, Government Affairs and Corporate Communications and Board Secretary, said: “We are pleased to celebrate one of the UAE’s most important milestones, our 46th National Day, which marks a journey of progress, success, and development of the UAE, started by our Father His Highness Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan. We, at Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), take pride in the achievements and successes the country has witnessed, and continues to witness, as a result of the ideals and principles of hard work, dedication and patriotism we hold dear. TAQA, as always, is dedicated to play a valuable and active role in supporting Abu Dhabi and the UAE in their path to progress and development through our operations and activities.”

Adel Albuainain, Chief Executive Officer, Dolphin Energy Limited, said “Marking the birth of the UAE instills so much pride because we have so much to celebrate. We use UAE National Day to highlight our achievements and to honour our history and heritage. The Spirit of the Union galvanizes all citizens and residents of the UAE and I would like to congratulate everyone on this special occasion.”

HE Saif Al Qubaisi, Director General, Regulation and Supervision Bureau, said “We are delighted to join our colleagues in the Al Maryah Island to celebrate an occasion that is dear to all – the UAE National Day – where we express through this celebration our loyalty, pride and love to our country and its wise leadership. Our joint efforts are a reflection of our value of unity and visitors to the event will experience the spirit of the union”

The National Day celebrations will conclude on December 2nd with music band performances, and a four-minute-long fireworks show at 9pm.

About Al Maryah Island

Al Maryah Island is the business and lifestyle destination at the heart of the capital, connected to the cultural and entertainment districts of Abu Dhabi. Al Maryah Island is home to Abu Dhabi Global Market, the world’s newest international financial center, comprising world-class commercial, hotel, retail, leisure, healthcare, and residential components. Featuring Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, The Galleria, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi and the upcoming Al Maryah Central.