Eid in Dubai: Livewire fun ahead

Staff Report
Filed on October 10, 2013
Eid in Dubai: Livewire fun ahead

Besides shopping offers, concerts, fireworks and fashion shows to be lapped up during Eid in Dubai festivals

DUBAI— Fun and festivities will rule at the ‘Eid in Dubai-Eid Al Adha’ celebrations, which begin today, with an array of entertainment activities including international concerts, a family fair and fireworks on the beach.

Eid in Dubai, which is considered the longest Eid celebrations in the region, will bring together families and tourists from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds under the theme “Eid Al Adha unites us in celebration”. The city will be sporting a festive ambience to celebrate this special occasion with lights, banners, flags and other decorations.

The celebrations, which conclude on October 19, position the emirate as a destination of choice for families and tourists during the Eid Al Adha holidays, and its image as a city of great festivals and events.

Fireworks have always been a main attraction of ‘Eid in Dubai’ celebrations, and it will be no different at this year’s celebrations. A dazzling display of fireworks will illuminate the night skies over the open beach in Jumeirah and Umm Suqueim 2 today, a show that will be held daily at 9pm at the same venue over the next 10 days.

The open beach is also the location of the Beach Family Fair, featuring beach and water-based games and activities for families. Other events on the first day of ‘Eid in Dubai’ are a concert by Italian-born opera singer Alessandro Safina, Arab Idol Tour concert featuring stars of the popular TV talent show, the Vogue Dubai Fashion Experience at The Dubai Mall, and a show by Irish comedian and radio host Jason Byrne.

24-hour malls

Families and tourists can also avail themselves of unbeatable shopping deals at malls and souqs all over Dubai with the main attraction being ‘Dubai 24 Hours’, a non-stop shopping initiative at selected malls that was introduced last year following a directive of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aimed at providing the ultimate unforgettable holiday experience for families and tourists, who are expected to be in Dubai during this year’s ‘Eid in Dubai’ celebrations.

The ‘Dubai 24 hours’ initiative will allow families and tourists to enjoy round-the-clock shopping on the first and second day of Eid Al Adha at The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, Mirdif City Centre, Dubai Festival City Mall, Oasis Centre, Arabian Centre and Lamcy Plaza.

These eight malls will also offer longer shopping hours during the other days of the Eid in Dubai celebrations from 10am to 2am, and dining hours until 3am. Additionally, several other malls including Mercato, Ibn Battuta Mall, BurJuman, Dubai Outlet Mall, Al Ghurair Centre, Wafi and Times Square Centre will offer extended shopping hours during the ‘Eid in Dubai” celebrations from 10am till midnight with some of them staying open into the early hours of the morning. -

Cultural and entertainment shows

Global Village

Till March 1, 2014

Global Village, the leading family outdoor entertainment, cultural and shopping destination, offers visitors an amazing array of activities, shopping and entertainment. This seasonal cultural event hosts 70 participating countries presented in 36 pavilions, with more than 50 fun rides and 26 restaurants offering food from around the world.

Dhiyafat Al Eid

Three days of Eid at Dubai International Airport, shopping malls and hospitality tents

This traditional Eid activity will see residents and visitors being accorded special attention at Dubai International Airport, shopping malls and hospitality tents in the city. Visitors will be welcomed with traditional Arabic sweets, dates and coffee, as they get a glimpse of Emirati traditions and hospitality. This event is co-organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre.

Harper’s Bazaar World of Fashion

Till October 14; Mall of the Emirates

The Harper’s Bazaar World of Fashion is an annual luxury and fashion event which celebrates and showcases the latest Autumn/Winter collections to the readers of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. This high-profile fashion initiative is hosted by Mall of the Emirates and includes a series of catwalk shows, exhibitions, competitions and VIP soirees.

Alessandro Safina with Orchestra Live in Concert

October 10; Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah

Italian-born romantic opera singer Alessandro Safina is coming to woo his audiences in Dubai. The operatic tenor, who has helped create a new genre of pop opera music for this generation, will be bringing his soulful voice and skill to an eager and adoring audience in Dubai.

Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience

October 10; The Dubai Mall

Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience is the first event of its kind to take place in this region of the world. Over 250 brands in fashion will come together to celebrate retail and the fashionable lifestyle at The Dubai Mall. The event will also host a gala dinner, attended by international celebrities with the aim of raising funds for Dubai Cares, the charity initiative founded by Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

Arab Idol Tour Concert

October 10; Al Bustan Rotana Hotel

A part of the Arab Idol series, this concert features three stars of the famous TV talent show — Champion Mohammed Assaf from Palestine, Syrian Farah Yusuf and Lebanon’s Ziad Khoury alongside artiste Faris Karim. The show starts at 9pm.

Sandance featuring The Killers

October 11; Atlantis, The Palm

The Killers, Of Monsters and Men and The Wailers are some of the fantastic acts you can expect at Sandance this October from 2pm onwards. Don’t forget to buy your early-bird tickets at a discounted rate and make sure you do not miss out on this amazing night of music and entertainment.

Fashion Forward Season 2

October 15-18; Madinat Jumeirah

Fashion Forward (FFWD) is a movement incorporating biannual presentations from the region’s most established and emerging fashion designers for consumers, buyers and the media. The event is now in its second season.

Karameesh Concert

October 16; Mall of the Emirates

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