Celebrated around the world, Eid Al Adha is one of the most auspicious festivals in the Islamic calendar.
Despite cultural differences in countries around the globe, the basic essence and goodwill that lies at the heart of Eid Al Adha remain the same. Highlights of the day include preparing the finest meals derived from respective cuisines, to be shared amongst family, friends and those who are less privileged.
The festival coincides with the annual Haj, when millions gather in Saudi Arabia to perform the holy pilgrimage. The spirit of the occasion leads to acts of philanthropy and generosity.
Eid Al Adha is marked with much enthusiasm in the UAE also. Men and women alike are imbued with the spirit of Eid that stands for charity, compassion and cultural tolerance. Expatriates from more than 200 countries join the local population to celebrate the festival in this country with an earnestness that is both unique and spiritually stimulating. True to its swashbuckling reputation, Dubai blends the goodness of Eid with fun and games. There are huge sales, discounts and freebies, as families are busy shopping. This year, malls are running additional promotions on weekends and are open 24 hours to promote late night and early morning shopping. The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) is actively promoting the campaign slogan ‘Eid in Dubai. United in Celebration’. A number of rich and elaborate programmes have also been conceived.
The neighbourhood emirate of Sharjah is not too behind. Al Qasba Street Carnival is likely to be packed with fun activities and performances to delight visitors of all ages. Abu Dhabi, too, is gearing up for the festivities, expecting a huge tourist rush on the holiday weekend. Hotels are said to be highly booked during Eid.
Pop icon Enrique Iglesias is all set to perform today at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Fans will groove to Iglesias, who has sold over 100 million records worldwide, positioning him as one of the greatest selling artists of all time. The King of Latin pop is expected to enthrall the crowds with his hit numbers like ‘I Like It, One Day At A Time, Somebody’s Me, Heartbeat, Wish I Was Your, Hero, Ring My Bells and many more. Those who prefer a more sub-continental feel to their Eid can regale with the singer Shreya Ghoshal, who will also perform today at the Madinat Arena in Jumeirah.
The fun does not end here. If you are an out-doors person, don’t miss out on whoopee-time at the Dubai Water Bash at Zabeel Park. Packed with hours of water-fun, the Water Balloon Bash, is one of the most anticipated events at Zabeel each year. The spectacular display of fireworks from 9pm daily at Al Khor-Seef road and Dubai Creek Park are added attractions.
Whether you are a tourist or a resident, Eid in Dubai is sure to rejig your senses.