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Dubai to celebrate Saudi National Day

Concerts, fireworks, shows and hotel discounts planned for weekend

Staff Report
15:13 September 19, 2017
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Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s National Day (September 23) will be celebrated in Dubai on Friday and Saturday, featuring concerts by popular Arab singers, as a reaffirmation of close relations between the kingdom and the UAE.

As part of the celebrations, visitors from Saudi Arabia will be welcomed with sweets, flowers and gifts on arrival at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday.

Hotels in Dubai are meanwhile offering promotions and discounts on accommodation, especially for guests from Saudi Arabia, as well as a variety of activities for children. Among the hotels are Sheraton Dubai-Mall of the Emirates, Lapita Hotel and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

The celebrations will feature free-to-attend concerts by well-known regional singers Waed and Rakan Khaled on Friday at Dragon Mart 2, and Balqees and Dalia Mubarak at City Walk on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, residents and visitors can watch fireworks near Dubai Creek at 8.30pm, while malls and popular family attractions in the emirate will also join in the celebrations by hosting events and activities, including a Saudi National Day show, an Imagine show and a Lego Bricks Festival at Dubai Festival City and the distribution of Saudi national flags to visitors at Dragon Mart 2.

Dubai Parks and Resorts is organising a number of activities for families and children including the distribution of balloons for children and a fireworks show at Riverland on Friday at 9pm.