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9 things to expect this long weekend in the UAE



The countdown to the long weekend has begun and we can’t wait. It is three days of pure relaxation, retail bliss and, one less day of work.
With that, there are a few things that we’re not looking forward to (the struggle to find parking and the dreaded traffic)…
If this is your first National Day weekend in the UAE, here’s a handy list of what to expect.

1. Fireworks
The city’s going to be “lit” this National Day. With fireworks at Dubai Festival City, La Mer and Global Village, expect some serious boom boom crackle.


2. Traffic
Be prepared to see LOTS of red lines on your Google Maps app this weekend. You’re likely to experience bumper-to-bumper traffic in JBR, Dubai Marina, Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah and practically every other area of Dubai. Our suggestion? Take the metro.


3. The city decked up in flags
From mini ones on cycles and cars to massive ones outside government and commercial buildings, it really is a beautiful (read: Insta-perfect) sight.


4. Packed malls
For those who aren’t travelling, the mall is usually the place to be on public holidays. This one will be no different. While we’re not sure how many will be shopping, there will definitely be more than a few doing some people watching or just having a casual stroll, in a horizontal line.


5. Busy airports
With so many people flying out this weekend, it’s a no brainer that the airport will be pretty busy. We suggest getting there early (VERY early) and bring headphones to block out the noise.


6. An influx of GCC residents
Our friends from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain will not be only ones visiting us this long weekend. Our neighbours from Saudi, Oman and Bahrain will also be making their way to the city.


7. Struggle for parking spaces
With paid parking zones FREE for the ENTIRE weekend, you can expect to make a few rounds around the parking lot, especially those of The Dubai Mall, Jumeirah Beach and Mall of the Emirates. Our advice, order an Uber.


8. Respect
December 2 will not only mark the nation’s 46th National Day, it’s also a chance for all expats to show their respect and gratitude for everything that the country has done for them and their families.


9. Love for the UAE
Every year, the nation’s locals come up with unique ways to show their love for their country. Our favourite? The way that they incorporate the UAE’s flag into their clothing.


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