Top 10 Things to Do This Eid Al Adha
There are never enough hours in the day on a regular weekend but that’s not going be an issue this special Eid break. The Dubai Mall and other participating malls including Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre, Deira City Centre, Dubai Festival City, Ibn Battuta Mall, Arabian Centre and Lamcy Plaza will be open 24 hours, yes you read that right! There will be exclusive offers after the clock strikes 12am on shopping, dining and entertainment. At The Dubai Mall, visitors spending Dhs300 or more get a chance to win prizes worth Dhs300,000. There will also be traditional Arabic hospitality, live entertainment and activities for all the family. Plus, expect flashmobs to keep you on your toes!
INFO: The Dubai Mall, 04 362 7500, www.thedubaimall.com.
Have a picnic!
Get outside and celebrate not being in the office by having a picnic with friends and family. Jones the Grocer has recently started offering a choice of premium gourmet hampers in time for Eid. Each hamper consists of the most popular products from the delish Jones the Grocer range. There are five collections to choose from: Coffee Lovers (we do like this one as it contains chocolate-coated coffee beans), Italian Hamper, Cheese Lovers, Spice UP!, and the Truffle Gift Set.
INFO: Premium gourmet hampers prices start from Dhs150, Jones the Grocer, Sheikh Zayed Road (opposite Time Square Centre), 04 346 6886; www.jonesthegrocer.com.
See the sun rise At The Top
Like The Dubai Mall, At The Top – Burj Khalifa’s observation deck on the 124th floor – will also be open 24 hours. Visitors will be able to see the sun rise over the city or do some uber-sensational star gazing. Tickets will also be discounted to Dhs85 and Dh65 for adults and kids respectively. Additionally, visitors also get 25 per cent off on select merchandise and souvenir pictures. The promotion and 24-hour opening times will run on weekends until 3 November.
INFO: Burj Khalifa, 1 Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 800 BURJ, www.burjkhalifa.ae.
Mall of the Emirates will be hosting a colourful carnival of Eid parades marching throughout the mall. With daily shows starting 4pm to 10pm on weekdays and 7pm to 2am on weekends, the mall will be creating a festival atmosphere for all visitors during Eid. Spend Dhs200 at any store and get the chance to win Dhs4,000 every hour between 12 and 6am.
INFO: Mall of the Emirates, 4 409 9000, www.malloftheemirates.com.
Have fairground fun
Annual shopping and entertainment fair Global Village is back, and this season it will host 37 stalls representing more than 165 countries, showcasing everything from fashion to food. The park has extended its opening hours until 2am (main park) and 3am (rides) during the weekends which fall within the ‘Eid in Dubai’ celebrations. Regular timings will resume after the Eid celebrations.
INFO: Dhs10 entry; festival on until March 2013; 04 362 4114, www.globalvillage.ae.
Culture and fireworks in Bur Dubai
The Bur Dubai side of the vibrant Creek will once again host cultural activities for the entire family in the spirit of Eid Al Adha. Always a highlight of every Eid are fireworks. There will be spectacular displays for the three days of Eid Al Adha at 8pm. You can see them from Al Seef Street in Bur Dubai.
INFO: Dubai Creek, Al Seef Street.
Spend an evening at the theatre
Catch Rest Upon the Wind, a play inspired by the life and times of Khalil Gibran, that's on for one night only in Abu Dhabi. It first hit London's West End and has got amazing reviews on its global tour ever since, so we can't wait to catch it.
INFO: Tickets Dhs195 (balcony), Dhs275 (standard), Dhs375 (premium), Dhs500 (VIP), doors open 7pm and show starts 8pm, 27 October, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, 02 690 9000, www.gibrantheplay.com.
Dazzle and shimmer
Gitanjali Jewels has launched its festive collection that mirrors regional vibrancy and richness in time for Eid. Make a statement with them at your next festive night out!
INFO: Gitanjali Jewels available at Nakshatra in Lamcy Plaza, 04 335 4747, www.lamcyplaza.com.
Get creative with the kids
Dubai Marina Mall is hosting the second edition of the popular Bubble & Balloon Fiesta. It's going to be held in the main atrium from October 25 to 29 and will have international balloon artists transform the mall into a balloon wonderland with unique creations. They're also looking to create the world’s biggest balloon sculpture of an aeroplane made of 4,000 balloons! A Bubble Play zone will also be set up for kids to play in and create their own sculptures.
INFO: Marina Mall will have extended shopping hours, 10am to 2am, from October 25 to 27, and will return to regular operating hours, 10am to 10pm, on October 28, 04 436 1020, www.dubaimarinamall.com.
See a jazz brass band
This one's for the jazz fans. Mirdif City Centre will be featuring a lively and animated jazz brass band originating from France. Marching throughout the mall and entertaining guests with their signature comical acts and lively musical performances, the jazz band will start off in the Oasis Walk area, parading several times a day at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm over the Eid weekend. Enjoy!
INFO: Mirdiff City Centre, 800 MICC [800 6422], www.mirdifcitycentre.com.