As Dubai marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan this week, lots of cultural, music, and entertainment events are going to fascinate residents and visitors in the city. From special movie releases and holiday promotions in the shopping malls and cinemas to the fantastic fireworks in the sky, Dubai has prepared endless surprises for everyone who wants to join the Eid Al Fitr celebrations. In this article, we have selected some of the most interesting events in this weekend in Dubai.
The biggest event is of course, Eid in Dubai, part of the huge initiative Summer is Dubai 2013. Eid in Dubai features various activities and events citywide, including the Eid Fireworks, Layali Dubai, Dubai Arabic Comedy Nights, Dubai Sports World, Arab Idol Tour, Cirque Eloize iD, Modesh World and many others. The festivities start this Thursday and will continue through Sunday, so you have numerous opportunities to take your entire family out and have a really amazing Eid. Beautiful fireworks will light up the night sky around Dubai Creek and Dubai Festival City every evening, so pick up a nice place along the Creek and enjoy the colourful light displays.
On Friday night, you have the chance to see for the first time Dubai Arabic Comedy Nights which will present some of the best local and regional stand-up comedians such as Jotaro, Badr Saleh, Hisham Faqeeh and Thamer Al Hazmi. Naturally, the show is in Arabic and will be held at the VOX Cinema at the Mall of the Emirates at 7.00 pm. Tickets are AED 150-250 per person. Even if you miss Friday’s edition, Dubai Arabic Comedy Nights will be running every weekend at the same place throughout the entire month.
Layali Dubai, the Eid musical festival, starts Friday at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with performances by famous Hussein Al Jasmi and Mona Amarcha, an emerging singer who is able to perform in the unique Gulf dialect. Saturday night is marked by great music entertainment, brought by Arab Idol jury member, Ahlam and the young Iraqi Walid al Shami. The festival continues on Sunday with one of the most popular Arabic artists, the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Nancy Ajram. She will be accompanied by Rabeh Sager from Saudi Arabia. Shows will be held every evening at 8.00 pm and tickets (AED 150-1500) are available at Platinumlist and at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Layali Dubai series of Arab concerts will end with a grand performance by Mohammed Abdo, but the music stage in the city has a lot more to offer.
All fans will have to wait until August 15 for the much anticipated Arab Idol Live Tour 2013 with finalists Mahammad Assaf, Ahmad Jamal, and Farah Youssef. However, most night and disco clubs in the city are now opening. For instance, if you like live rock ’n’ roll parties offering various genres of music visit The Music Room at Bur Dubai and enjoy performances by a number of local bands, including Nikotin and Sandwash.
Of course, Eid celebration in Dubai means shopping! The Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) which features 18 different malls gives customers the chance to win gold and diamond jewelry gift cards worth AED 50,000 and AED 100,000. In addition, there will be a scratch-and-win promotion which allows you to win various little prizes.
So, what are you waiting for, you won’t have to blow your budget on expensive holiday trips, extravagant presents for all the family and rich feasts at luxury restaurants. One of the best ways to mark Eid this year can actually be observing the fireworks with your closest people.