Here’s wishing you an early Eid Mubarak! Fireworks, chocolate tastings and summer offers – this long weekend’s agenda is as packed as you can imagine. Festivities ring in loud across Dubai, so commemorate the occasion with this weekend’s top seven things to do.
Crash course on Eid culture
Eid Al Adha, the festival of sacrifice, starts on 11 August. You can imagine the celebration is rolling in with grandeur and gaiety. From Ibn Battuta Mall to City Centre Deira, see roaming entertainers take over shopping centres with enchanting acts, including a circus, steampunk and pastel parade. In the evening, make your way to Dubai Festival City Mall to see a spectacular display of Eid fireworks with Imagine’s record-breaking choreography of water, technology and lasers. Find out more about the Eid fireworks here.
When: 11-12 August
Food fun at Alserkal Avenue
Especially during Eid, there’s no such thing as too much dessert. Dial up the sweet factor at Alserkal Avenue, where resident chocolatier Mirzam is offering free chocolate and coffee tastings on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the end of the month. For coffee connoisseurs, the coffee cupping session is an unsurprising magnet while chocolate lovers must check out the chocolate sampling session. If you fall in the centre of that Venn diagram, try Mirzam's coffee and chocolate pairing workshop for a bean-heavy weekend.
When: 7 August, 9 August & 10 August
Where: Mirzam Chocolate, Alserkal Avenue
The Laughter Factory’s August roll call
The Laughter Factory, Dubai’s longest-running comedy night, returns with a fresh batch of comics this weekend. Watch as Ro Campbell, Scott Bennett and Dave Fulton take on the task of making Dubai laugh at Movenpick Hotel JBR and Grand Millennium on Thursday and Friday. Each stand-up brings a long list of television credits, accolades and glowing reviews, which means guests should strap in for a night of great wit and banter.
Feline film fest at Cinema Akil
See if you can settle that neverending dog-versus-cat debate over Cinema Akil’s cat-centric programme. Watch a 70-minute film of specially curated cat videos or a heartwarming animated tale of Dino in A Cat in Paris. Japan’s Hiroyuki Morita, the Academy-award winning genius behind Spirited Away and Ponyo, is part of the package with commercial hit The Cat Returns, while Naoko Ogigami lends her endearing story of loneliness in Rent a Cat.
When: Until 10 August
Where: Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
Last call for Dia Al Azzawi
Time is ticking on Meem Gallery’s exhibition featuring pieces by Iraqi artist Dia Al Azzawi. This new body of work carries on the artist’s traditional subject matter, exploring his country, its legacy and all the cultures that have contributed to its identity throughout time. His work drips with rich historical matter and desert imagery, depicting architecture, geography and time-honoured symbols to reflect his fascination with Iraq’s storied past. This is but one of Alserkal Avenue's poignant ongoing exhibitions, which include ‘Exit From The Entrance’ and ‘Extra Muros’.
When: Until 31 August
Where: Meem Gallery, Alserkal Avenue
Dive into summer offers at La Perle
La Perle is Dubai’s breathtaking, groundbreaking and award-winning production created by renowned art director Franco Dragone. Reminiscent of Cirque Du Soleil and Le Reve before it, this enchanting display sees 65 incredibly talented artists perform impressive feats on a purpose-built stage in Al Habtoor City. Watch them dive from 25m heights and execute gravity-defying stunts with summer offers you don’t want to miss. Buy tickets in advance to get up to 75% off silver tier tickets or complement your night with dinner from BQ, Namu or Rubs & Brew for just AED384.
When: Until 31 August
Where: Al Habtoor City
Family day at The Springs Souk
Spend a quaint Saturday afternoon wandering through The Springs Souk, where Ripe Market beats the summer sun indoors. Explore goods by homegrown vendors, from fashion to gifts, at this grassroots bazaar before checking out one of the mall’s many dining outlets. Enjoy pan-Asian fusion delights at Asia Tang or Levant dishes at Xenia. The mall also boasts a mix of top brands like The Body Shop and Aldo and boutique stores like Parfois and Boom & Mellow.
When: All summer
Where: The Springs Souk
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