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International concerts, fireworks for Eid Al Adha

Staff Reporter / 23 October 2011

The DEPE’s exciting calendar of events for the Eid Al Adha edition of ‘Eid in Dubai’ this year will be characterised by concerts, fireworks and international character shows.

DUBAI - The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE)’s exciting calendar of events for the Eid Al Adha edition of ‘Eid in Dubai’ this year will be characterised by concerts, fireworks and international character shows.

Starting from the first day of Eid Al Adha, ‘Eid in Dubai’ will feature an array of entertainment activities catering to all ages. Being organised for the fourth consecutive year, Eid in Dubai aims at promoting Dubai as a festive destination. It also brings together the diverse cultures and nationalities residing in or visiting Dubai to celebrate this joyous occasion.

Ibrahim Saleh, Festivals Coordinator General and Deputy CEO of DEPE, said: “Into its fourth year, ‘Eid in Dubai’ has succeeded in making Eid Al Adha a unique celebration for residents and visitors in Dubai. This city proudly boasts of over 200 nationalities and ‘Eid in Dubai’ is a platform for diverse cultures to interact and celebrate. Through this celebration, everyone in Dubai will be introduced to the core values of Eid that incorporates giving and sharing, tolerance and caring for the others, as well as highlight the Emarati tradition of celebrating this occasion.”

“Our aim is to position Dubai as a main destination during Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha and in the process contribute to Dubai’s exciting annual events calendar,” he added.

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Emaar Boulevard Celebration District

A 10-day heritage celebration named Min Bladi Al Emarat will be organised at the Emaar Boulevard from November 3 to 12. Held between 5pm and 11pm each day, activities will cover art, culture, heritage, entertainment, and music. One of the main highlights will be the heritage zone where visitors will be welcomed with sweets. The zone presents an ideal opportunity to explore Emarati tradition and features a souk, craftsmen, Emarati cuisine, a traditional band, henna-designing area, and a majlis for visitors to rest.

Children can look forward to an exciting fun fair which will include inflatables, skill games, and activities such as face painting, colouring, and entertainment by performers. Horse and camel riding add to the list of fun activities. A display of paintings is also being organised along the Boulevard in addition to pottery-making demonstrations. Various products crafted by inmates of penal institutions are also being displayed. To add to the Eid excitement, solo musicians will be performing along the Boulevard to entertain visitors.             

Character Shows

Barbie is all set to stage a show titled ‘It’s a Barbie World’ at Mirdif City Centre. Organised for free as part of ‘Eid in Dubai’ activities, the interactive musical show will feature Barbie and her long-term friend Ken. Also awaiting children is a Marvel heroes show at Dubai Festival City featuring super heroes like Captain America, Spiderman and the Hulk. Both shows are being brought to Dubai for the first time and are open to all for free.

Global Village

The ever popular Global Village which will open on November 1 will showcase diverse cultures through the different pavilions. During Eid Al Adha, it will host Tannoura performers and the Dubai Drums Community Drum Circles. The Global Village, this time will be open until March 3, 2012.   

‘Eid in Dubai’ Concerts

Famed Saudi singer Rabeh Saqr is all set for an Eid concert on November 7 at the Ritz Carlton DIFC. Renowned Arab singers Fadel Shaker and Elissa follow with a scintillating concert on November 9 at the same venue. 

Well-known Iranian musicians, Dariush and Faramarz Aslani, will perform at the Dubai World Trade Centre on November 6 while Indian heartthrob Sonu Nigam will perform at the Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah, on November 7.  

Fireworks

A highlight of every Eid celebration, fireworks this Eid will be held for three days of Eid Al Adha at 8pm. The display can be seen from the Al Seef Street in Bur Dubai.   

Dhiyafat Al Eid

Dhiyafat al Eid is a key part of Emarati tradition centered on welcoming guests on Eid days. According to tradition, guests are welcomed with Arabic coffee and traditional sweets. The DEPE will organise the dhiyafat across select mosques on the first day of Eid, and across shopping malls and the Dubai International Airport through specially set up hospitality tents. 

City decoration

To add to the festivities, DEPE, in cooperation with government departments, will decorate the main streets across Dubai including bridges, underpasses and prominent landmarks.

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