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UAE reveals details of 51st National Day Show

The 51st National Day Celebrations organizing committee released its first briefing, disclosing some details of the December 2 ceremony and the December 3 to11 celebrations at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

The briefing begins with Creative Executive Producer Rawdha Al Qubaisi explaining the National Day show’s theme, inspired by UAE’s rich culture and current objectives.

She says this year’s commemoration, the most significant since the COVID-19 pandemic, will highlight a bright future that unites all UAE residents.

Al Qubaisi also announces a special children’s procession with 1,000 students from different nationalities at the conference.

Reem Mohammed Al Mansoori, Bani & Al Culture’s Co-Founder, says generational pioneers’ stories inspired the show’s research.

The show also draws inspiration from Emirati traditional attire and how the country has helped the environment.

Al Mansoori, with her colleagues Saeed Al Suwaidi and Randa Omar Bin Haider, has worked closely with the content development and creative teams to ensure that all visual material aligns with the UAE’s culture and values and draws inspiration from its natural environment. Arwa Abdulla Al Nuaimi and Noora Abd Al Aziz Khamis are researchers.

Artistic Director Ayesha Hadhir Al Mheiri says the show will take viewers on a generational journey of pioneers in marine sciences, environment, agriculture, space, transportation, solar energy, and education. These stories try to inspire the future generation and instill national pride.

This year’s brand, developed by Tinkah, is inspired by Al Sadu, the traditional form of weaving. Hadhir explains that the visual identity features several variations, including elements inspired by the ceremony and those representing the key themes of this year’s show.

Preparations for the celebrations in Abu Dhabi started in June 2022, says Butti Al Muhairi, Head of Operations.

More than 6,900 workers from over 100 nationalities, including elite engineers, creatives, and technicians worldwide, are working together on the much-anticipated 51st National Day ceremony.

This year’s event comprises 11 new poems celebrating UAE’s achievements and inspiring stories, highlighting poetry’s importance in UAE society.

The Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee’s Abdulla Al Qubaisi says the ceremony will include a poem from Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s anthology.

This year’s program blends Emirati and international music.

Mohammed Al Ahmed, Music Director and Composer, said The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Emirati composers would perform live at the ceremonies.

Al Ahmed further says the program will involve a military performance blended with Taghrooda and Al-Ayyala, a traditional Emirati performance art.

Notable members of the music crew include Musicom’s Pierre Mussche and the show’s music director, Adam Miller. Engineer Ali Al Amir and Maestro Nicholas Dot will lead the orchestra. Maestro Haitham Sa’adoon leads Arabic chordophone and solo instrument recordings.

The Emirates Choir plays a significant role as they will sing all the scenes and orate the poems in this year’s 51st National Day official ceremony.

Mariam Al Meraikhi stressed the importance of local media, government agencies, and private organizations in celebrating the nation’s milestone.

The 51st National Day formal ceremony will be aired in over 50 locations across the seven emirates on December 2.

People around the UAE can watch the live stream of the ceremony starting from 6pm on National day from different locations across the UAE.

In Abu Dhabi, citizens and residents can watch at Majalis Abu Dhabi, located in Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain, Al Dhafra, Qasr Al Hosn, Sheikh Zayed Festival, The Founder’s Memorial, and Liwa Festival.

In Dubai, people can join the celebrations in Al Wasl Plaza at Expo City and Hatta Dam.

As for Sharjah, the ceremony will be streamed at the Sharjah National Park, Al Dhaid Fort, and Khorfakkan, while Ajman residents can enjoy watching the show in Flag Park and Marina Ajman.

Novo Cinemas, VOX Cinemas, Roxy Cinemas, Reel Cinemas, Star Cinemas, and Oscar Cinema will also broadcast the live show on December 2 at 6pm.

This year’s concert will feature dazzling performances, unique technologies, and remarkable storytelling inspired by the UAE’s rich culture and modern ambitions.

Starting at 5:30 pm, UAE residents can watch the official celebration live on the UAE National Day website and all local TV networks.

The spectacular show is open to the public at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from December 3 until the 11th. Tickets are available on

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