UAE National Day
National Day Air Show © katie mccolgan
UAE National Day is celebrated on 2 December every year to mark the day in 1971 when the seven emirates first joined together to form the United Arab Emirates. It's a day to abandon reserve and party hard, as parades and fireworks erupt around town.
Flags wave all around, including the world's biggest flag which was unfurled in 2009 in Sharjah. The best spot to watch the festival parades is Beach Road, while the fireworks are best appreciated on the Burj Khalifa observation deck or at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Date: 2 December annually