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Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day

Fireworks light up Dubai Creek as Emiratis and expats celebrate 40th anniversary

Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
Thousands of people gathered at the Heritage Village on Dubai Creek to take part in celebrations for the UAE's 40th National Day anniversary.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
Green light, representing one of the colours of the UAE flag, is shone onto the water in Dubai Creek. The celebrations started with a show about the UAE's history since the days of pearl diving and fishing, followed by a sound and light show that was displayed on the sails of dhow ships sailing the creek back and forth, accompanied by orchestrated traditional music.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
A flame and laser show started on a sailing boat, followed by fireworks that lit up Dubai's sky, including a formation of the number 40.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
More light displays on Dubai Creek.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
Boats travelling along Dubai Creek are lit up by a light show to celebrate the UAE's 40th National Day.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
There's a large central fort and tower which overlooks the Dubai Heritage Village. Other added attractions of Heritage Village are falaj, an oasis and vegetated seating areas.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
The image of Sheikh Zayed is shown on the sail of a boat during National Day celebrations.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
Emiratis line up to celebrate the UAE's 40th National Day.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
Signs in Arabic and English guide visitors to various sections of the Heritage Village which includes an old mosque dating back 200 years and the Al Husen Majlis.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
Expats dress in the colours of the UAE flag during National Day celebrations.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
A juggler entertains the crowds.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
Visitors at Dubai Heritage Village during celebrations for the UAE's 40th National Day.
Dubai's Heritage Village lights up for UAE's National Day
Children wave flags to mark the UAE's 40th National Day.