Some of the UAE’s best and most famous properties are leading the way for the country. 52nd National Day with promotional stay offersspecial Emirati-themed dining experiences and fun activities for kids.

From world famous properties such as Mandarin Oriental Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and Atlantis the real in Dubaieven lesser known jewels in Fujairah and Ras Al KhaimahThere is plenty for residents to choose from.

Abu Dhabi

Mandarin Oriental Emirates Palace

To commemorate National Day, Abu Dhabi’s most famous hotel is offering a special holiday package that includes breakfast for two at Vendome, National Day brunch or dinner at Vendome for two, plus two themed cafes at Episodes. A guided tour of the property is also offered.

The five-star Abu Dhabi Corniche hotel will host a beachfront pyrotechnics and light show starting at 9pm, which will be visible to both guests and the public.

Additionally, the National Day air show can be viewed from the palace gardens, which will host a family picnic-style setup from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Valid only on December 2; Dh5,200 per night, excluding taxes; Emirates Mandarin Oriental Palace, West Corniche Road; 02 690 9000;

Hotel Tilal Liwa

This four-star resort in Zayed City offers panoramic views of the Rub Al Khali Desert and a special UAE National Day holiday offer, where rates are better the longer you stay. All-inclusive packages for one-, two- and three-night stays include meals at Al Badiya restaurant for two adults and two children under six years old, plus snacks at selected locations between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and selected house drinks unlimited between noon and 10pm, plus a free pass to the UAE National Day brunch if you stay on December 2. Guests also get free access to some desert recreation experiences.

Valid from November 30 to December 3; Dh1,299 for one night, Dh1,199 per night for two nights and Dh1,099 per night for three nights; Tilal Liwa Hotel, Zayed City; 02 894 611;

Jumeirah and Saadiyat Island

While this property does not have an exclusive National Day offer, it does offer discounted rates for UAE residents on its Exceptional Staycation offer during the celebration weekend. This includes up to 40 per cent off flexible rates, a daily breakfast and Dh100 in resort credit towards food and beverages. A half-board package includes a 30 per cent discount, plus daily breakfast, lunch or dinner and a Dh100 credit.

December 1 and 2; from 2,094 per night, without taxes; Jumeirah on Saadiyat Island; 02 811 4555;

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

This beachfront property offers anyone staying during National Day and the festive season its Holiday Park Pass & Stay offer. This includes daily breakfast at Sofra Bld, plus free admission for two adults and one child to Abu Dhabi theme parks, including Ferrari World, Warner Bros and Yas Waterworld.

Valid until January 6; from Dh1,150 per night; Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta; 02 509 888;

Yas Island

Book a stay at any of the Yas Hotels and take advantage of the Stay and Play offer. This includes free breakfast at selected hotels and access to Yas Island attractions (one or three, depending on the package booked), including Ferrari World, Yas Water World, Warner Bros World and SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. Free access to Yas and Cyan beaches, as well as a free shuttle bus, are also included. Guests will be able to watch the fireworks show at Yas Bay Waterfront on December 2 at 9 p.m.

From Dh1,981 for two nights for two people, excluding taxes, prices vary by hotel; various locations, Yas Island; 600 511115;

Hotel Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

A deal for UAE residents is available over the National Day weekend at this beachfront resort, with 15 per cent off the best rates. This includes breakfast and a 15 percent discount at select restaurants. The hotel’s best 36-hour weekend package is also available, which includes early check-in, Saturday brunch, breakfast, poolside lunch, and 6:00 p.m. check-out.

December 1-3; prices vary; Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta; 02 654 3333;


Atlantis the real

Dubai’s most famous new hotel is celebrating its first National Day and for the occasion, the Royal Tearoom team will be offering a special Emirates Afternoon Tea. Price 440 dirhams for two people, pastry chef. Christophe Devoille has crafted a selection of delicacies, including luqaimat covered in gold leaf, khanfaroosh drizzled with local mountain honey, and halawet el jibn served tableside.

Combine the experience with a hotel stay by taking advantage of the offer for UAE residents, which offers a 20 percent discount on rates, plus discounts on dining. To stay from December 1 to 3, the Sky Pool Villa will cost Dh21,411 per night, with daily breakfast and access to the Royal Club Lounge, Nobu by the Beach pool, Aquaventure water park and Lost Chambers aquarium.

December 1-3; from Dh21,411 per night for two people in a Sky Pool Villa; Atlantis The Royal, Palm Jumeirah; 04 426 3000;

Vida Creek Beach

Another new Dubai hotel is celebrating its first UAE National Day with a special opening offer giving guests 15 per cent off room rates, plus free breakfast. Vida Creek Beach, which is located on the banks of Dubai Creek Harbour, opened in October. Guests must book their stay by November 30 for stays through December 27.

Valid until December 27; from ADH 935 per night during National Day weekend; Vida Creek Beach, Dubai Creek Harbour; 04 542 8888;

Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai

Take advantage of this family-friendly beachfront property’s Me & Also Me deal for National Day, offering up to 20 percent off room rates with complimentary breakfast. The hotel, on the Dubai Islands waterfront, has plenty for kids to enjoy, including a lazy river, water park, water slides and lagoon pools. If you book directly through the website, you’ll also get a 10 percent discount on food and drinks.

December 1-3; from 1,300 ADH per night during the National Day weekend; Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai, Dubai Islands; 04 522 9999;

Legoland Dubai Resort

The UAE National Day Playcation offer at Legoland Dubai Resort allows guests to stay in a Lego-themed room, enjoy free breakfast and access to the theme park or water park where special activities take place throughout the weekend. of the week, including a scavenger hunt and character activities. parades. Children from two to 12 years old can also participate in creative workshops with a sustainability theme for all stays between November 24 and December 3.

There is also a National Day brunch on December 2 at the hotel’s Bricks Family restaurant from 1pm to 4pm, starting at Dh195 per adult and Dh99 per child aged three to 12.

Valid from November 24 to December 3; from 1,500 ADH per night on December 1 and 2; Legoland Dubai Resort, Dubai Parks and Resorts; 04 825 1650;


Palace Beach Resort Fujairah

This northern seaside resort offers a wide variety of activities and offers during the National Day weekend. This includes a special afternoon tea for Dh98 per person at Al Bayt from December 1 to 3, as well as a themed buffet dinner at Ewaan on December 2 from 6:30pm to 10pm for Dh168 per person. An exclusive spa deal also offers 25 percent off all services. There are no discounted room rates especially for the weekend, but if you book in advance directly through the website you can take advantage of early booking deals from Dh1,105 per night instead of Dh1,700.

December 1-3; Dh1,105 per night; Palace Beach Resort Fujairah, Corniche Road; 09 203 8899;

Ras Al Khaimah

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa

Guests who check in on December 2 will receive a locally sourced chocolate bonbon filled with Emirati dates, saffron and honey from Jebel Jais dwarf bees. Saffar Kitchen Collective will be adding special Emirati breakfast and dinner dishes to the buffet options on December 2 and 3, while Ramsa Lounge will also offer an Emirati-themed afternoon tea for Dh150 for two.

December 2 and 3; from Dh1,099 for stays, excluding taxes; InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa, Hayat Island; 07 202 6666;

Updated: November 20, 2023, 7:01 am