According to recent discoveries, the earliest human settlement in Dubai dates as far back as 8,000 BC. The city has seen a turbulent history when it was at an almost-war like situated with Abu Dhabi in 1947, until Britain intervened and acted as an arbitrator.
It was then that there was a ceasefire and Dubai started to grow, constructing its own airport, electricity and telephone lines etc. Later in 1971, Dubai and Abu Dhabi along with 5 other emirates created the United Arab Emirates after Britain left the Persian Gulf.
This was followed by Dubai having a unified currency with the other Emirates while it built on its capacity to generate revenue through oil and trade. This was to be a start of the Dubai we see today.
The National Day Festival sees many functions and celebrations through out the city.
- All the city is lit up, reflecting the sense of celebration of the residents.
- Monuments like Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab are made to look even more grand and beautiful.
- Different parks are thronged by people looking to go out and celebrate the independence. These include; Mamzar Beach Park, Aquaventure Beach Park and Wonderland Theme Park.
- Various events and functions are organized in popular tourist destinations.
- Markets and streets are decorated and furnished in a way that reflects Dubai’s true spirit.
2nd December is the day the National Day Festival is held because Dubai gained independence from the British on this date back in 1971.
The celebrations start much before the actual National day – sometimes even as many as 40 days earlier.