Celebrating Union Day: A Weekend of Entertainment Across Dubai

As Union Day approaches, the city of Dubai is gearing up for a weekend filled with festivities and entertainment to honor the unification of all seven Emirates into one nation. From live music and dance performances to traditional activities like falconry shows and henna art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Let’s explore the exciting events happening across Dubai during this Union Day weekend.

Dubai Rugby 7s

Kicking off the celebrations is the iconic Dubai Rugby 7s, the longest-running sports event in the Middle East. Taking place at The Sevens Stadium from December 1-3, 2023, the event promises not only thrilling rugby matches but also a fantastic lineup of entertainment. Headliners Becky Hill and DJ MK will grace the Frequency on 8 stage, along with Artful Dodger and DJ Luck & MC Neat at Beats on 2.

Al Khawaneej Walk

Immerse yourself in the patriotic spirit at Al Khawaneej Walk and Last Exit, adorned in national colors. Live musical performances and special offers at the restaurants will make this a vibrant destination for Union Day celebrations.

Bluewaters Island

Experience the essence of Union Day at Bluewaters Island, featuring traditional bands like Harbia, Lewa, and Nadba. Enjoy handicraft showcases, henna designing, and a celebration of local heritage against the stunning backdrop of the island.


Boxpark is set to dazzle with eye-catching light installations and a dynamic cultural program. Falconry displays, henna artistry, and a cultural village offering Emirati treats will complement traditional music and dance performances.

Circle Mall

Celebrate UAE Union Day at Circle Mall with live performances, including the Emirati Yola dance and a Liwa drum band. The event will also feature appearances by Modesh & Dana, adding a touch of charm to the festivities.

JBR The Walk

JBR’s promenade will come alive with traditional roaming acts, Harbia and Nadba performances, handicraft displays, and henna designs. Union Day coincides with JBR Winter Nights, treating families to beloved movies like Moana and Frozen on December 1 and 2, respectively.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Immerse yourself in Emirati heritage and history at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, where a rotating schedule of performances will showcase traditional Ayyala dancers and storytellers. Interactive workshops for children, including weaving sadu designs and face painting, add a family-friendly touch to the celebrations.

As the UAE comes together to celebrate Union Day, Dubai offers a diverse array of entertainment options for residents and visitors alike. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a music lover, or someone who appreciates traditional arts and crafts, the Union Day weekend has something special in store for everyone. Get ready to embrace the spirit of unity and patriotism across the city’s vibrant venues.