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National Day Resources

National Day Resources

December 2, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the UAE was established only 43 years ago when you see all its achievements. National Day is a  time of celebration and pride for citizens and residents. That pride and joy can be seen all over the Emirates this week, in schools, malls, streets… everywhere!

So, with all these celebrations, it would be appropriate for  class discussions to give our students a chance to learn more about their country, and learn how to do that in English.

These are a few resources that you can tweak and play around with to suit your students/learning objectives.


UAE Numbers

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 10.50.46 PMThe National posted a fancy interactive display to showcase data and numbers about the UAE. The iPad-friendly display talks about different topics related to different emirates. You can use these colorful charts to have your student practice

To visit this resource:—interactive 


National Day Records

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 11.12.55 PMThe UAE has set many world records, but this time, people in the UAE uniquely set a few national-day records:

1. UAE breaks world record for most nationalities singing one anthem at one time (video)

2. UAE World Record for most people carrying flag

3. UAE breaks Guinness World Record with football mosaic of the UAE flag

4. Dubai sets Guinness World Record for car parade

5. Abu Dhabi’s new world record: UAE flag with buses

6. Artists set new graffiti wall record (video)

Other world records were set in the UAE throughout the years; to learn about these records, this website could be a good start for you:


Emirati Role Models

Although our students know about many well-known Emirati figures like rulers or singers, they are still not aware of Emirati people who are making a difference in their country. These are a few that I could find:

*Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi: UAE’s first female minister  (one of her speeches)

*Salma Al Baloushi: UAE’s first female pilot (an interview)

*Adeeb Al Blooshi: A 9 year old Emirati inventor

*Ali Hilal Al Naqbi: An Emirati who invented an artificial liver

*Salma Hareb: first woman in the Middle East to lead a free zone (an interview)

To know more about UAE’s firsts, this could be a good start:


UAE History

You can also utilize The National’s bank of articles and videos discussing UAE’s history and culture. They cover some interesting topics, like:

UAE Achievements 

UAE Girls’ Education

Working UAE Women

Qasr Al-Hosn 

For more of these, please visit this archive: History Project Archive



If you don’t fancy any of these resources, you can simply ask your students to explain what makes them proud to be Emiratis. My level 2 students needed to do a 10-minute brainstorm and use google to give me a reasonable explanation!

December 2, 2014
Teaching & Learning
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Sebah Al-Ali

An ESL lecturer whose experience in programming and web development has made her passionate about integrating technology in her classes. She’s mainly interested in how technology can be efficiently utilized to facilitate active learning, develop interactive curriculum, and train teachers.

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