Ramadan is a holy month for the devout Muslims, who fast from dawn to dusk for the entire month. It is believed that the holy book of Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during this month. The month-long festival of Ramadan culminates with Eid Al-Fitr, which falls on 4th or 5th June in 2019. While Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with gusto, there is no match the celebrations that you would find in Dubai. Part of the Islamic country of the United Arab Emirates or UAE, Dubai does not leave any stone unturned when it comes to celebrating Eid Al-Fitr. If you reside in Dubai or are planning to visit the city during Eid, here are some of the things that you would get to enjoy this year.
Celebrate with Food
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast throughout the day, eating only after sunset. Moreover, even non-Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink in public during this time of the year. However, Eid Al-Fitr is the time to break the fast and enjoy a scrumptious meal with family and friends. While most Muslims enjoy the celebratory meal at home, there are several fine dining restaurants that host Eid lunches where you get to enjoy delicious traditional dishes. Many of the top restaurants offer a lavish buffet at great prices. Nevertheless, most restaurants are packed to the rafters during Eid celebrations, and hence it would be best to make your reservations in advance to avoid waiting for a long time.
No one does fireworks like Dubai. Fireworks are a part of every celebration in Dubai, be it New Year or perhaps the opening and closing of the famed Dubai Shopping Festival. Eid Al-Fitr is also celebrated with some marvelous firework show. If you are interested in watching this spectacle, head to the Dubai Festival City, where you would be able to watch two musical firework shows absolutely free. The firework show starts around 9 PM, but be there before time so you get a good spot. If you want to have some traditional experiences, head to Festival Majlis at the Dubai Festival City, where you would be treated with the customary dates and the aromatic and delicious Arabic coffee.
Have Fun at a Theme Park
While food and fireworks are a great way to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, they are not the only ways. Moreover, some people would want to do something exciting and adventurous after a month of prayer and contemplation. Dubai is home to several adventurous, theme and water parks that are popular with both kids and adults. There is the Wild Wadi Water Park, the Aquaventure Water Park, the IMG Worlds of Adventure (the largest indoor theme park) and Sub Zero. There is also the Dubai Parks and Resorts, which is home to 3 theme parks and 1 water park, including Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks, Legoland Dubai, and Legoland Water Park. Apart from this, the malls of Dubai have several entertainment zones where you can have some amazing fun.
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Shop till You Drop
Dubai is known to a haven for shopping. The huge malls, the boutique stores, and the traditional souks together offer an amazing shopping experience. Moreover, the best thing is that most stores and malls offer amazing discounts and deals during Eid, making your shopping experience even more wonderful. Also, you can get lucky and win some amazing prizes. When you visit one of the participating malls and shop for a minimum of AED 200, you get a chance to enter a raffle draw. If you are one amongst the 25 people whose name is drawn, you get the chance to spin a wheel and win some great gifts costing around AED 2000-25000. One thing to remember is that the malls are crowded during Eid Al-Fitr, so reach early if you are serious about shopping.
Watch Live Entertainment Shows
One of the things that you can enjoy during Eid Al-Fitr in Dubai is the live entertainment shows and they are everywhere. From some music concerts by artists from around the world to comedy shows, several shows happen during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays. Most of the shows happen at the Dubai Opera, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dragon Mart, Dubai Festival City, etc. If you are in the city with your kids, there are several shows meant for kids to keep them entertained. You would find entertainment shows based on kids’ popular TV shows at several places around the city.
Indulge in a Luxurious Stay
Dubai is an epitome of luxury and elegance and a place where you can enjoy the pure indulgence. Take this chance to book yourself alone or with your family at one of the luxurious hotels in the city. It is also a great way to enjoy peace and quietude if you want to avoid the crowds of the city. Whichever luxury hotel you choose, you would be pampered with comfortable accommodation, great food, and amazing views. Sleep-in, eat, get a massage and do absolutely nothing; wouldn’t that be a great way of enjoying the Eid holiday? What’s more? Several premium hotels offer great deals during Eid Al-Fitr, so look out for them!
Go on a Desert Safari
During Ramadan, the desert safari is only about the adventures and the BBQ dinner. Live belly dance and Tanoura dance performances do not happen during the time. With no music and performances, the desert safari definitely loses some of its charms. So, do make it a point to go for a desert safari in Dubai which is restored to its full glory. Have a thrill while dune bashing just before sunset and enjoy the graceful performances as the night sets in. With the spread of traditional Arabic and BBQ dishes, the evening would be one to remember.
The Eid Al-Fitr celebrations run for 2-3 days and hence a great time to plan a holiday. You can not only celebrate Eid but also check the most popular Dubai tourist attractions. If you are planning for a short holiday, the Dubai tourist visa for 7 days would be perfect for you. However, if you want to spend a longer time, go for the 30 days visa. The ambiance and vibe of Dubai transform during Eid Al-Fitr, which you must experience if you want to know the real essence of the city.