Fascinating Festivals to Experience in Dubai (Part – I)
Dubai celebrates many festivals throughout the year, luring tourists and ensuring an enjoyable stay for them. Once you set foot on this land, you never run short of fun and entertainment. Following are some of the city’s most fascinating festivals, experiencing which will make your trip much more memorable.
Dubai Shopping Festival
Although Dubai is very well known to be a year-round shopping paradise, the month of January is particularly great for the bargain hunters. This month-long annual festival takes place through January to February with more than 2 million visitors flocking to the city.
This is the time of the year when you get to witness a shopping frenzy like never before across entire Dubai. With children’s entertainment, concerts, spectacular fireworks and various other exciting events, this is one festival you won’t get to experience anywhere else.
Eid Al Fitr
Eid Al Fitr or ‘Feast of Breaking the Fast’ is one of the major Muslim festivals celebrated each year at the end of Ramadan. Starting right after the morning prayers, it’s celebrations continue for up to 3 days and involves the exchange of gifts between friends and relatives.
The festival marks the end of the ritual of fasting from dawn till dusk and is accompanied by several events throughout the city. A public holiday in the United Arab Emirates, Eid Al Fitr is a festival that will make you understand more about the culture of the people in Dubai.
National Day Festival
Each year on the 2nd day of December, the National Day is when the people of not only Dubai but the entire UAE come together to celebrate the spirit of unity and togetherness. The same day back in 1971 witnessed the United Arab Emirates breathe the smell of independence and freedom.
This auspicious festival is marked with several activities including parades, car rallies, fireworks, beach celebration (for women only), aerobatics shows and dance shows. So if you’re visiting Dubai between November and December, be sure to become a part of this grand event.
Taste of Dubai Festival
Held annually at the Dubai Media City between April and May, the festival is strictly dedicated to gourmets. It runs for a week where world-renowned chefs gather and prepare their most delectable specialties as well as give tips on cooking. Tempting food, sumptuous drinks and heart-thumping music, it’s all here at Taste of Dubai.
If you’re a food lover, then this is the ideal occasion for you to sample the various culinary delights and premium beverages. The city’s finest restaurants, a magnificent market and a line-up of interactive programs are just a few of the reasons for you to experience this fabulous festivity.
Dubai’s calendar presents numerous festivals, catering to both the locals as well as the tourists. In addition to the massive crowd-pullers mentioned above, there are many more to watch out for. Be sure to check out our second installment of the most fascinating festivals to experience in Dubai.