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Watch: UAE celebrates 52nd Union Day at Expo City Dubai

Dubai: The official Union Day ceremony was held at Expo City Dubai, showcasing the extraordinary journey of the UAE and its vision for a sustainable future. The ceremony was broadcast live on all local television channels as well as on the official Union Day website:

The ceremony featured a variety of performances, including traditional Emirati music and dance, as well as performances by international artists.

The ceremony highlighted the UAE’s achievements in various sectors, including renewable energy, innovation and environmental protection. It also showcased the rich culture and heritage of the UAE.

UAE rulers join COP28 guests to mark Union Day

The President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, together with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and members of the Federal Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates witnessed the 52nd Union Day celebration held at Expo City Dubai

On his a sustainable tomorrow’. As a nation, we will continue to commemorate our heritage, be proud of our identity and fight for a just, prosperous and sustainable future for all.”

The event was also attended by the Crown Princes and several guests attending the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28).

The Union Day ceremony was a spectacular celebration of the nation’s rich heritage and its unwavering commitment to sustainability. The ceremony featured captivating performances and Sadu weaving, an intricate Emirati textile tradition, which beautifully depicted the UAE’s journey towards sustainability.

Sadu Weaving: A symbol of sustainability

Sadu, a traditional form of weaving practiced by Emirati women, played a central role in the ceremony’s narrative. The intricate patterns and designs of the Sadu textiles were handwoven by Emirati artisans from the ‘House of Artisans’, an initiative of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism. Sadu’s deep-rooted connection to Emirati culture and her emphasis on sustainability resonated with the ceremony’s theme, highlighting the UAE’s harmonious relationship with its environment.

A celebration of unity and resilience

The ceremony also served as a testament to the UAE’s unity and resilience as it showcased the nation’s remarkable progress over the past five decades. The performance, accompanied by a live orchestral performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Emirati musicians, took the audience on a journey through the history of the UAE, highlighting the visionary leadership of its founding fathers and the unwavering determination of its people.

Embarking towards a sustainable future

The ceremony not only celebrated the nation’s past but also looked toward its sustainable future. The performance featured scenes that emphasized the UAE’s commitment to climate adaptation, innovation and collective action to address global climate challenges. The ceremony also recognized the UAE’s inspiring youth, who are spearheading innovative solutions to environmental problems.

A sustainable show

The ceremony itself was a testament to the UAE’s commitment to sustainability. Meticulously designed fixtures simulated the lighting effects of fireworks, emphasizing the sustainable design and focus of the event. The use of eco-friendly materials and practices throughout the ceremony demonstrated the UAE’s dedication to environmental stewardship.

The UAE’s 52nd Union Day ceremony was a resounding success, showcasing the nation’s rich heritage, its unwavering commitment to sustainability and its bright future. The ceremony’s captivating performances, particularly the Sadu weaving, served as a reminder of the UAE’s deep-rooted connection to its environment and its dedication to preserving its natural beauty for generations to come.

Public ceremony at Expo City Dubai

From December 5 to 12, the public is invited to attend the ceremony at Expo City Dubai and immerse themselves in a spectacular display of performances, exhibitions and interactive experiences. The event will showcase the UAE’s sustainability journey and its vision for a sustainable future, while honoring the country’s rich cultural heritage and traditions.

The 52nd Union Day show will be held for eight consecutive days from December 5 to 12 at Expo City’s Jubilee Park in Dubai.

Tickets can be purchased through the official UAE Union Day website (

A bridge between tradition and technology

The ceremony will weave the past, present and future of the UAE, creating a harmonious blend of tradition and technology. Visitors will witness captivating performances that represent the roots of Emirati culture and heritage, while exploring the country’s innovative approach to sustainability.

A celebration of unity and progress.

The 52nd UAE Union Day Ceremony is a celebration of unity, progress and resilience. It is a testament to the UAE’s unbreakable spirit and its commitment to forging a better future for all. Join the nation in commemorating this momentous occasion and experience the magic of UAE travel.

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