American expats in Dubai are celebrating the 4th of July with a variety of activities that bring a taste of home to the UAE. From dining at American-themed restaurants to enjoying music and dance parties, the celebrations are as diverse as the community itself.

Key Takeaways

  • American expats in Dubai celebrate the 4th of July with food, music, and dance.
  • Popular activities include dining at American-themed restaurants, barbecues, and concerts.
  • Some expats feel nostalgic about traditional celebrations back home.
  • Restaurants in Dubai and other emirates offer special menus and events for the occasion.

Diverse Celebrations

American expats in Dubai are marking the 4th of July in various ways to make it feel just like home. While some are dining out at American-themed restaurants, others are hosting barbecues, picnics, and parties. Popular American dishes like hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and apple pie are staples at these gatherings.

Nostalgia and Tradition

Natalia Miranda, an American resident in Dubai, shared her plans for the day. "I will take my son to Black Tap for a USA-themed crazy shake. Last night, we had a little party at home with country music. Tonight, my husband and I will attend a concert of USA artists at Souk Madinat Jumeirah," she said. Natalia reminisced about the delightful aromas of popcorn, sizzling BBQ, and freshly harvested sweet corn from past celebrations in the US.

Cookouts and Fireworks

Jessica Holmes, another Dubai resident, noted that while work and school continue as usual in the UAE, many Americans still find time to gather for cookouts and fireworks. "In the US, I would typically go to a barbecue at someone’s house or in a park and then watch a fireworks show," she said.

Reflecting on Freedom and Unity

Aaron Illathu, MD of Jack Taylor GCC, emphasized the importance of supporting American businesses in Dubai. "Today is about more than just enjoying great food and fireworks; it’s a time to reflect on the values of freedom and unity that our country stands for," he said. Aaron also highlighted the diversity and international connections that enrich Dubai, making it a unique place to celebrate American Independence Day.

Special Restaurant Offerings

Several restaurants in Dubai and other emirates are hosting special events and menus for the 4th of July. For instance, CLAW BBQ in the Pavilion at The Beach offers an all-American buffet brunch, while Rodeo Drive features live music by the TRON Band. In Abu Dhabi, Butcher & Still has a special menu, and Muse Social House in Ras Al Khaimah offers classic American dishes.


Despite being far from home, American expats in Dubai are finding creative ways to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether through food, music, or gatherings with friends and family, the spirit of Independence Day is alive and well in the UAE.