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UAE 48th National Day

by Eddie Rayner

The 2nd of December marks the United Arab Emirate’s 48th National Day! Here’s what UAE schools did to celebrate the occasion.

Fairgreen International School

Student celebrated the national day with joyful activities to mark the occasion, including poetry, Emirati dance, and live cooking stations. The celebrations began with students parading into the school auditorium for a special assembly featuring the National Anthem, music, dance and poetry performances by students. Following the assembly, students enjoyed a number of interactive activities including pearl diving, bead stringing, face painting, photo booths, a real live falcon, guessing games, live cooking stations, and a very popular camel ride. 

Foremarke School

One-of-a-kind Arabic coffee cups that depict the country’s heritage and key landmarks were designed and created by students. The school collaborated with creative homeware brand, Silsal, alongside Emirati artist, Abdallah Al Astad, to create a limited edition Arabic coffee cup. Visuals included the UAE flag, Emirati people, the country’s iconic national symbol – the falcon, palm trees, desert, and other scenes of natural beauty that embody the history and traditions of the UAE. Other students focused their artistry on the county’s architectural splendour, with beaming buildings and stunning skylines reflecting the modern and futuristic development of the country.

Mayoor Private School Abu Dhabi

At Mayoor School, kindergarteners up to Grade 12 students performed patriotic songs followed by the National Anthem. Students narrated the UAE’s timeline from its inception. Throughout the school fun activities were scattered, including a food corner, henna and face painting corner, and a tent for children to play in. Students also painted the father of the nation and the UAE flag.

Uptown School

Uptowners kicked off the day with a Primary and Secondary assembly that was packed with UAE facts, traditions, history, and more. The rest of the day consisted of UAE-inspired fun and games such as face painting, a photobooth, a henna corner, calligraphy art, spice souk, and cooking, among others.

Dubai British Foundation, Taaleem

Students spent the day joining in with a range of exciting activities to celebrate the National Day such as henna painting, arts and crafts, as well as getting to meet a camel, falcon, and baby gazelle! A special mention goes to FS2 children who wowed everyone by singing 15 songs in Arabic in the National Day Concert.

Greenfield International School, Taaleem

The day began with the Head of Primary and Head of Secondary dressed up in the national dress greeting students and giving them small flags at the school gate decorated with balloon arch in the colours of the UAE flag. The Arabic Department and the always supportive parents organised a number of activities for students, including henna, Arabic calligraphy, sports, and the tasting of Emirati cuisine to celebrate the UAE National Day. Students also performed the traditional Emirati dance.

Dunecrest American School

From an Arabic book fair, visiting authors and motivational speakers to calligraphy workshops, tolerance workshops and a special assembly with cultural performances, the school was alive with the spirit of the UAE with week-long celebrations. The Ministry of Education also organised a tolerance workshop for Dunecrest students where they discussed how the UAE comprises people from all walks of life encouraging them to live together in a tolerant and peaceful society, a core value of the UAE.

Dwight School Dubai

With a falcon on campus, students had the opportunity to learn about and enjoy holding the national bird of the UAE. They also took part in a fashion show to highlight the UAE national colors and showcase different elements of the UAE culture.

Kid’s Island Nursery

Kid’s Island toddlers celebrated the day with a parade and puppet show. The week prior to the National Day, the little ones created beautiful UAE-inspired artwork, which was displayed around the nursery to add to the festivities.

Raffles World Academy

International School of Creative Science

Children’s Oasis Nursery