The occasion of Eid Al Fitr in Dubai is usually marked with a numerous dedicated events. During the celebrations there is an exchange of gifts with family, friends, and those in need. Typically the the few days before Eid are quite busy for retailers, as shopping malls and local souqs report a peak in sales. As festivities are in the air, Dubai becomes the most attractive city for Middle Eastern holidayers. This year due to the most recent attack on Istanbul’s airport, it is very much likely than more visitors than ever will arrive to celebrate Eid Al Fitr in Dubai.

Shoppers, both expats and foreigners, can get advantage on mega sales, discounts and freebies, as families get busy with Eid shopping. Like previous years, most souqs and shopping malls in Dubai have additional offers to promote Eid-themed shopping. A number of rich entertainment programmes, including social and cultural activities have been planned. The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai is actively promoting the ninth edition of ‘Eid in Dubai.’ Apart from musical concerts, theatrical and comedy shows, firework displays across different parts of the city will be the main highlights.

A huge rush of tourists is expected over the coming week of public holiday. High occupancies in hotels during Eid in Dubai has been a norm over the years. Usually tourists from the GCC celebrate Eid Al Fitr in Dubai. The emirate has the largest number of hotel rooms in the Middle East and Africa. According to statistics released by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, visitors from 197 countries have visited Dubai (through air, sea and land ports) during Eid vacations in recent years.

A reason for this footfall is Dubai’s reputation of offering a carnival of entertainment during Eid. From professional dancers, dressed as cowboys to tap dancing and concerts – there is something for everyone. Last year myriad music shows regaled audiences as dancers mixed their rhythms to create fun performances for the whole family. The trend is going to return this Eid.

Fireworks are among the most awaited events that attract huge crowds – tourists, residents and nationals alike. Taking place at various locations all over the city (like Meydan and the Festival City), expect the night sky to come alive with some of the best pyrotechnics staged by world-renowned experts.

With plenty on offer during Eid Al Fitr in Dubai – from abra rides to souks offering a treasure of goods and world-class rides in Wild Wadi, our city has everything it takes to make the holiday truly spectacular.


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