As the UAE gears up for the National Day weekend, Sharjah has announced grand plans for the golden jubilee celebrations.
From November 23 to December 3, people can expect a cultural extravaganza to mark the occasion. This includes a number of programmes taking place in different parts of the emirate over the 11 days, such as Khorfakkan Amphitheatre, Sharjah National Park, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Al Hisn Island in Dibba Al Hisn, Al Madam Municipality, Heritage Village Hamriyah, Kalba Corniche Park and Al Dhaid Heritage Village.
Here’s a look at some of the festivities taking place across Sharjah for UAE’s Year of the 50th:
Roaming performances in Khor Fakkan
The festivities for the 50th National Day celebrations will begin in the eastern enclave on Tuesday, November 23, with a wide range of activities, including traditional Emirati music and dance shows. There will be a hot-air balloon, while roaming performances by musicians, artists and dancers will turn the streets and squares into a stage. Residents and visitors can also expect musical concerts, acrobatic shows, and theatre performances.
Poetry and music in Al Madam
Visitors and residents of Al Madam city can enjoy a programme of musical shows and poetry sessions on Thursday, November 25, delivered by prominent artists as well as classical Arabic poets. The audience can also compete to win prizes for best video clip about Al Madam.
A celebration of Sharjah’s maritime history at Al Hamriyah
On Thursday, November 25, the heritage village of Al Hamriyah will bring Emirati maritime heritage to life through a broad range of activities, including educational and creative workshops, musical shows and Nabati poetry sessions.
An operetta and national march on Al Hisn Island
Also on November 25, a national march will be held from the city centre to the UAE flagpole situated on Al Hisn Island. The activities in the eastern town include an operetta marking the 50th year, and a performance by Omani singer Abdullah Al Wasmi, in addition to celebrations of the history and accomplishments of the country.
A classic car show and fireworks in Kalba
The celebrations will begin at 4pm on Friday, November 26, at Kalba with the staging of the National Operetta.
Meanwhile, classic car and bike enthusiasts are in for a treat as Kalba Corniche Park’s classic car and bike show is set to take place on the day, revealing a line-up of rare cars and motorcycles. A fireworks display will light up the skies afterwards. The audience will also get to enjoy Emirati folk songs performed by traditional Ayala performers.
Cultural activities at Al Bataeh
On Sunday, November 28, Al Bataeh will host an array of cultural activities, staging Emirati heritage shows presented by Almtaff Association from 9-11 am, in addition to the 50th-anniversary parade. Visitors can also learn about the UAE’s history by exploring popular artefacts exhibited in pavilions.
Learn about falconry at Wadi Al Helo
Wadi Al Helo’s National Day celebrations will begin with the popular Dibba Al Harbiya band’s performance on Monday, November 29, from 4pm to 5pm. Visitors can gain insights into falconry from experts and watch the falcons that the Emiratis use in hunting up close. There are also workshops and exhibitions about falcons that highlight their importance in UAE’s national heritage
Entertainment at Sharjah National Park
The Sharjah National Park has charted out an exciting programme for visitors, with games, entertainment and traditional foods from Monday to Friday, November 29 to December 3. During these five days, more than 20 different events will take place, with audiences enjoying tours, folk dances, competitions and lucky draws as well as traditional food and games.
Creative competitions and poetry nights at Al Dhaid
Visitors and residents of Al Dhaid city will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Arabic poetry through a series of Emirati and classical Arabic poetry sessions as well as traditional music shows and competitions, from Monday to Wednesday, November 29 to December 1.
Musical evenings by Emirati artists at two amphitheatres
Leading Emirati singers Fayez Al Saeed, Balqees and Hussain Al Jassmi will entertain fans with special performances during two separate events. Fayez Al Saeed and Balqees will perform at a joint concert on December 1 at Khorfakkan Amphitheatre, while Hussain Al Jassmi will entertain audiences in his trademark style at Al Majaz Amphitheatre, backed by Faisal Al Jasim, Mohammed Al Menhali, and Almas, on Friday, December 3.
This article was originally published on November 13, 2021.