Pack in all kinds of fun in time for Eid
Here comes the long Eid weekend, rolling in with all kinds of fun and entertainment. While the city comes alive with dynamic decorations, you’ll find plenty of excitement right at your doorstep too. Find the best ways to enjoy your days off with these top things to do this weekend.
A tradition as old as time
Before the holy month ends, make the most of remarkable experiences and rituals that are a staple of Ramadan in Dubai. A time-honoured favourite is the firing of the cannon to signal iftar, the fast-breaking meal at sunset. This year the tradition takes place at Al Khawaneej, Burj Khalifa, Atlantis The Palm and Al Mankhool. If you live close to one of these locations, you’ll be lucky to hear it booming from right outside your windows. You can also tune in to local TV channels to catch the broadcast live.
Snap your best shot
Are you the next Annie Leibovitz, a photographer to the stars, in the making? Brush up your photography skills at online classes hosted by the talented instructors at Gulf Photo Plus. It’s the perfect way for beginners to pursue their passion in the art or get guidance on select skills. While you can organise private sessions to suit your timings, you can also register for group classes on taking creative and technical control of your camera, mastering photography for social media or harnessing programs such as Adobe Lightroom Classic.
Big laugh with local comics
Start your Eid celebrations in a fit of laughter with Ali Al Sayed and Mina Liccione. Founders of Dubomedy, the region’s first and only comedy school, the two stars are hosting a special Eid performance on Saturday with guest appearances, circus acts, musicians, unimaginable surprises and, of course, their signature rib-tickling humour to keep you giggling. Everyone, old and young, is welcome to join the funny festivities – all you have to do is book your free spot in advance.
When: 23 May
Shop for your loved ones
Eid is the perfect excuse to treat yourself or loved ones to gifts that show gratitude and appreciation. If you’re looking for something off-beat and one-of-a-kind, might we suggest scrolling through Jameel Art Centre’s online marketplace? Part of the Jaddaf Aloud programme, you can also seek out their digital shops featuring small local businesses specialising in unique fashion, home decor, jewellery and more. Check out Urban Nomad’s stunning collection of earrings and necklaces by artists from around the world, or Moroccan home accessories from Beldi Bazaar. There are plenty of brands to choose from, so start combing through the wide selection and find the perfect gift for friends and family.
Glow at home
If you’re missing the city outside, it misses you too. Without leaving your house, why don’t you visit some of your favourite spots on a virtual 360-degree tour thanks to Dubai360? This weekend, you’ll find us wandering the giant maze of Dubai Garden Glow, even though it's now closed for the summer. Online, it’s open year-round, regardless of the weather, so you can explore 11 zones boasting extraordinary, larger-than-life structures. Admire the millions of LED lights and recycled fabrics that make up this Alice in Wonderland-like glow park and travel back to the Jurassic period to see 120 animatronic dinosaurs.
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