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4 ways to celebrate National Day in Dubai

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With the UAE’s distinct sense of pride concerning its own heritage, coupled with its famed proclivity for exhibitionism, it’s of little wonder that National Day celebrations in the region continue to flourish in scale and diversity, year on year.

From nationally- themed sushi rolls to explosive fireworks displays, no opportunity to champion the country’s identity is passed over. Here, ShortList recommends how best to spend the next few days, in various eclectic celebration of the 44th year of the place we all call home.

Blue Marlin: National Day celebration with Infinity Ink
The beach-based party spot is honouring National Day in its typically hedonistic style, holding a special brunch and live performance from Infinity Ink.  Featuring an assortment of fresh sushi, BBQ dishes and the establishment’s signature cocktails – the terrace and beach brunch will be packed in to a two hour slot between 2-4pm. Not that revels are localised to such a narrow time frame however, with the all-day party set to go on until at least 11pm.
When: December 2, 1pm-11pm
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot, +971 56 113 3400

Kanpai: National Day Menu
Contemporary Japanese restaurant Kanpai has created four bespoke menus as a culinary homage to the National Day, available between December 1 to 3. All the tailored offerings will feature the specially designed UAE flag roll, an imaginative Asian assortment of rolls and tobiko with mint, cream cheese and black sesame – recalling the UAE flag’s colours. In conjunction with these novelty additions will be a selection of Kanpai’s most innovative dishes, from Grilled soy marinated salmon and Piri Kara Chicken. From AED149.
When: December 1-3
Where: Kanpai, Souk al Bahar, +971 4441 92 62

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National Day at Fortnum & Mason’s
While the English tea house, restaurant and specialty shop has only been in Dubai for just 18 months it’s jumped into the local festivities with considerable gusto. First came Dubai Tea, a green tea, peppermint and rose petal blend launched earlier this year to celebrate its new home in the city, and now a whole array of offerings for National Day – just the second the brand has celebrated. On December 2, guests in either the elegant Restaurant & Tea Salon or The Parlour will be able to enjoy Battenberg cake in the colours of the UAE flag and a special Ice Cream Sundae – an ideal accompaniment to any high tea in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa.
Where: Fortnum & Mason, Downtown Dubai
When: December 2, +9714 388 2627

Celebrations @ City Walk
If, for you, no National Day is complete without the requisite fireworks display, get yourself down to City Walk on Dubai’s Al Wasl road. During the day the event will host activities of the face painting and workshop variety for the kids, before descending into local dance and LED breakdancing pop-ups.  While the event will go on from the 2-5 December, only on National Day itself will you get to see a pretty special fireworks show, blazing over the city, but only for four minutes. Snap happy sorts will also be happy to learn that a roaming National Day photo frame will be present, ready to print out pictures there and then or email them to you to Instagram up and give your friends some FOMO.
When: 2 to 5 December
Venue: CITY WALK, Al Wasl Road

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