Ibrahim Saleh, Deputy CEO, DEPE and Festival Coordinator General
The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) has unveiled an exciting calendar of events for the Eid Al Adha edition of ‘Eid in Dubai’. Starting from the first day of Eid Al Adha, ‘Eid in Dubai’ will feature an array of entertainment activities including concerts, fireworks, and international character shows.
Being organized for the fourth consecutive year, ‘Eid in Dubai’ aims at promoting Dubai as a festive destination during Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha celebrations through various entertainment events to highlight Dubai’s unique manner of celebrating this special occasion. It also aims at bringing together the diverse cultures and nationalities residing or visiting Dubai to celebrate this joyous occasion in festivities designed to cater to all ages.
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 Eid. 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.
Emaar Boulevard Celebration District
To mark Eid Al Adha festivities, DEPE is organizing a ten-day heritage celebration named Min Bladi Al Emarat at the Emaar Boulevard from November 3 to 12. Held between 5pm and 11pm each day, activities 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, a henna-designing area, and a majlis for visitors to rest.
Children can also look forward to an exciting fun fair including 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 organized 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.
Barbie, the famous fashion doll, is all set to stage a brand new 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 this Eid Al Adha is a Marvel heroes show at Dubai Festival City featuring super heroes like Captain America, Spiderman, the Hulk, and others. Both shows are being brought to Dubai for the first time and are open to all for free.
In addition to diverse cultures presented through the different pavilions, Global Village will host Tannoura performers and the Dubai Drums Community Drum Circles.
‘Eid in Dubai’ Concerts
Famed Saudi singer Rabeh Saqr is all set for a Eid concert on November 7 at the Ritz Carlton DIFC. Renowned Arab singers Fadel Shaker and Elissa follow up with a scintillating concert on November 9 at the Ritz Carlton DIFC.
Well-known Iranian musicians, Dariush and Faramarz Aslani, will perform at the Dubai World Trade Centre on November 6. Indian heartthrob Sonu Nigam is also coming to Dubai and will perform at the Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah, on November 7.
Eid Fireworks by Al Zarouni
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 the tradition, guests are welcomed with Arabic coffee and traditional sweets. The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment will organize 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.
To add to the festivity of Eid, DEPE, in cooperation with government departments, will decorate the main streets across Dubai including bridges, underpasses, and prominent landmarks.