5 things to do today: watch the UAE National Day Boat Parade and see fireworks at The Beach

Our daily round up of things to do. Watch the UAE National Day Boat Parade, check out the National Day celebrations at Mall of the Emirates, visit Dalma Mall for traditional fun and entertainment, see the fireworks at The Beach, and enjoy The Galleria's National Day celebrations.
Dubai Marina Yacht Club’s second annual UAE National Day Boat Parade. Courtesy Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Dubai Marina Yacht Club’s second annual UAE National Day Boat Parade. Courtesy Dubai Marina Yacht Club

Celebrate the spirit of the union by watching the UAE National Day Boat Parade. See yachts dressed in UAE-themed decorations sail in convoy down the length of the canal. Also enjoy a family fun day with children’s activities, a treasure hunt, face-painting, prize draw, live food stations, live music and more. From noon to 6pm with the boat parade from 2 to 3pm, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, 04 362 7900, info@dubaimarinayachtclub.com

Feel the spirit of pride with performances of choreographed routines by agile artists using gravity- defying movements and lifts. A colourfully costumed marching band will parade throughout the mall, and larger-than-life stilt walkers will greet all visitors with UAE National Day themed giveaways. Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.malloftheemirates.com

Visit Dalma Mall for traditional fun and entertainment, including the Ayala dance, the Liwa dance, Hakawati (storytelling) for kids, face-painting, Arabian coffee and dates. Plus see exquisite abaya fashion designs at The Saraya Exhibition. From 5pm to 10pm, Dalma Mall, Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi, www.dalmamall.ae

See fireworks tonight, capping off all-day festivities to celebrate National Day, as well as live entertainment and more family fun at The Beach waterfront. From 5pm for live entertainment; 9pm for fireworks, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, www.thebeach.ae

Enjoy family-friendly activities as part of The Galleria’s National Day celebrations, including an exhibition of art by the Emirati graphic designer Fahad Jaber Abdulla, a shopping experience featuring collections of fashion-forward brands at The Exposed House, live art installations and luxury delights from Godiva. The Galleria, Al Maryah ­Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 616 6999, www.thegalleria.ae

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Published: December 2, 2014 04:00 AM

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