50th National Day Celebration on Al Maryah Island

Al Maryah Island lines up inspiring National Day festival

Celebrate the UAE’s Golden Jubilee on Al Maryah Island, as the Plaza Level - South transforms into an oasis of celebration, on the 2nd and 3rd of December, featuring an array of inspiring cultural Emirati activities. Firework displays and drone shows will close each day of the festival, encompassing the spectacular nature of the UAE and the pride of its people.

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What's on

Activities and Workshops

The Plaza Level – South
  • Wall Of Our People
  • Design Your Stamp
  • Candle Making
  • Dukhon & Fragrance Making
  • Achar Making
  • Mazranaa
  • Doll Making
  • Henna Artist
  • Falcon Interaction
  • UAE Flag/Mask Making
  • Camel Stencils
  • Slime Making


The Plaza Level – South
  • Al Rawnah
  • Ayalah
  • Bubble Roamers
  • UAE Calligraphy Girls
  • Camel Puppet
  • The Story of Gahwa
  • Iconic Statues X1


Spectacular fireworks show and Drone show – 9:00 pm

The Galleria

At The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination, guests can receive a special commemorative gift with any spend of AED 200. Guests can visit the majlis-themed installation on Level 2 near Caboodle and present their receipts to have their name handwritten by Arabic calligraphy artists on specially branded UAE 50th paper as a keepsake for the occasion. The festivities continue throughout the mall with must-see Instagrammable décor to create an immersive experience.

  • Use the Green Pass protocols
  • Wearing mask is mandatory
  • Social Distancing must be maintained
  • Ticketing system will be available on the day of the event at the ticketing booth for (workshops)
  1. Will there be any fireworks for UAE National Day?

    Yes, we can confirm there will be fireworks off Al Maryah Island on 2 and 3 December. It will be a 15 minute show including a drone show starting at 9:00pm.

    As public viewing spaces are limited due to capacity restrictions and social distancing, we strongly recommend you arrive early to avoid disappointment or you book a reservation at one of our waterfront dining restaurants. Once capacity is reached, we will be closing these areas for guest safety.

    Please note that AlHosn Green Pass is required to enter The Galleria Al Maryah Island, in order to access the promenade.

  2. Where can I watch the fireworks?

    Guests can watch the fireworks from the waterfront promenade, or from the North and South Plazas on ADGM Square. However, due to social distancing and capacity restrictions, there are limited spaces available for public viewing.

    The North and South food court terraces in The Luxury Collection will only be available for those who are dining. There are also very limited spaces here.

    We strongly recommend that you book a reservation at one of our waterfront dining restaurants to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

    Alternatively, you can view the fireworks off-island or from the comfort of your homes if you live nearby.

  3. Will there be any road closures?

    Yes, there will be temporary road closures just before and after the fireworks show to ensure guest safety.

    The bridges leading into Al Maryah Island: Zayed the First Street (on the Rosewood hotel end) and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (on the Four Seasons end) will be restricted to pedestrians and cars from approximately 8:45pm - 9:45pm on 2 and 3 December.

    We strongly recommend you arrive early to avoid any disappointment.

  4. How do I access the waterfront promenade or ADGM Square and where can I park?

    Guests can access the waterfront promenade via The Galleria Luxury Collection through the doors near L’ETO and next to Van Cleef and Arpels. Security will be able to guide guests through the appropriate entry and exit points.

    To access ADGM Square, guests can simply exit The Galleria via the main entrances off Hamouda Bin Ali Al Dhaheri Street. The South and North Plazas will be marked.

    There is ample parking at The Galleria Al Maryah Island for all guests, both in The Luxury Collection (North & South parking) and in the expansion side of the mall. Note, all guests must show their AlHosn Green Pass to enter the mall.

  5. What other activities are happening on Al Maryah Island for UAE National Day?

    Al Maryah Island will be celebrating UAE National Day on 2 and 3 December with an array of cultural Emirati activities at the South Plaza, ADGM Square. Timings are: 4:30pm – 10:30pm on both days. There will be live cultural entertainment, dining experiences plus and various games, arts and crafts and other activities for families to enjoy. Access to the venue is free, however some of the activities are chargeable (between AED 10-15). More details can be found here: http://www.almaryahisland.ae/en/see-and-do/national-day-2021.

    Note, all guests must show their AlHosn Green Pass and a negative PCR test within 96 hours.

  6. What activities are happening at The Galleria Al Maryah Island for UAE National Day?

    The Galleria will be celebrating the occasion with themed, Instagrammable décor celebrating the colours of the national flag. Guests can also take home a personalised Arabic calligraphy gift with any purchase of AED 200 on 2 or 3 December. Guests an visit the majilis-themed installation on Level 2 near Caboodle, and an artist will handwrite their names as a commemorative gift to take home. For more information, please visit: www.thegalleria.ae/uaenationalday. Note, all guests must show AlHosn Green Pass to access the mall.

Shop & Dine

The Galleria Al Maryah Island is the premier lifestyle destination in the capital. With exceptional shopping, dining and leisure pursuits, this is where you can enjoy life’s sheer pleasures

Live & Stay

Al Maryah Island is home to two five-star world-class hotels including Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Four Seasons hotel Abu Dhabi

Health & Wellness

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a multi-specialty world-class hospital that provides direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers in the UAE

Sales & Leasing

Abu Dhabi Global Market Square is the commercial center of Al Maryah Island and is home to various blue-chip companies and local, regional and international institutions.