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How do you celebrate the UAE national day?

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How do you celebrate the UAE national day? No, don’t answer that. That was a rhetorical question. After commemorating Sheikh Zayed and congratulating the country and its rulers, you shop of course. And give presents to family and friends. That’s what everybody does here on every major occasion – we shop and we give.

Some people say commercialisation, we say consumerist tradition.

And to make your non-working holiday just a little bit more fun, we’ve compiled a list of must-buys on the occasion of our national day, and of the forthcoming Islamic New Year next week. Just in case you were wondering what to get yourself and your friends for a year’s worth of hard work, here are our recommendations from the best local and international brands in fashion and beauty.

1.) J’Adore Dubai ring by Kahramana. Love Dubai? Express your passion in sultry French and wear your heart past your sleeves and around your finger with pride. If yellow gold’s sheen just isn’t decadent enough for your sparkly lifestyle, you can opt for full-on flashy with their blinged out version. Gold version sells at AED 395. Available at Marami boutique, The Dubai Mall. Call 04-4343536 for more info.

2.) Small leather goods from Tod’s holiday season collection. With an exquisite selection of high-quality leather wallets, card holders and agendas, Tod’s latest line celebrates the festive season with colour – lots of it.

3.) All things Balmain. Everyone’s favourite online discount retailer has just announced the date for the much awaited sale of the year. If you can hold on to your budget until Tuesday next, December 7, you’ll find yourself swimming in a virtual pool of Christophe Decarnin’s iconic military jackets at up to 80% off. That’s delayed gratification for you. And FYI, that khaki coat with the zipper detailing? It weighs about as much as a skinny model.

4.) Tom Ford’s limited edition Black Orchid collection. Inspired by the worldly glamour of the fragrance, the collection contains a pressed perfume, lip colour and nail colour. At AED 620, this is the one of the most affordable pieces of the Tom Ford dream one could afford. Find it at Harvey Nichols at the Mall of the Emirates.

5.) Carolina Herrera commemorative leather bracelet. In celebration of the UAE’s 39th national day, Carolina Herrera has launched a leather bracelet, stamped with the words “CH loves UAE” and adorned with the symbolic colours of the UAE flag. Yours for AED 340.

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