Date: 11 Aug – 15 Aug 2019 Category: Community, Family, Experiences, Lifestyle Admission: open for all
Dubai is preparing for the arrival of Eid Al Adha, even a lot more events fill up the social calendar. This virtuous holiday signifies the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims traditionally gather together over morning prayers, scrumptious feasts and festive gatherings, and distribute meat to friends, families and less privileged.
All across Dubai, Eid Al Adha is celebrated with honour with an assortment of activities, entertainment and celebrations open to all. It’s the ideal occasion to explore the city’s treasures, from historic districts prosperous in local culture to world-class theme parks and shopping and entertainment at malls. This extended weekend can be enjoyed all that’s on the Eid calendar with loved ones, from concerts and film nights to spectacular fireworks.
Fireworks at Dubai Festival City Mall Fireworks are the essential part of Dubai tradition for any celebration. The show is spectacular each year, everyone including, young and old, enthusiastic anticipates this year’s Eid fireworks. Head over to Dubai Festival City Mall from 11-12 August for a customized masterpiece of fireworks, water, music, technology and lasers at the record-breaking production, Imagine. With two showings each day (20:00 and 22:00), everyone has a chance to take in this breathtaking spectacle looming over Festival Bay.
When: 11-12 Aug 2019 Where: Dubai Festival City Mall
Fast & Furious movie night at Dubai Opera Get set for the latest instalment of the Fast and Furious movie franchise, Hobbs and Shaw. This high-action spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba was the summer’s biggest blockbuster releases, which witnesses enemies Hobbs and Shaw join forces to take on a greater threat. This movie-going experience can be enjoyed at Dubai Opera’s state-of-the-art sound quality and large, high-definition screen.
When: 11-13 Aug 2019 Where: Dubai Opera
Pop and rock with The 1975 After a long summer of waiting, youth favourites The 1975 finally arrive at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena. The Matty Healy-led band is well-known for synth-heavy pop-rock tracks including ‘Somebody Else’ and ‘Love If We Made It’. A fun place for friends to get together – book tickets to catch their debut in the Middle East. The venue’s world-class design and facilities are exceptional, fans can have a gala time at The 1975’s full concert-going experience, from impeccable acoustics to spellbinding technological effects.
When: 14 Aug 2019 Where: Coca-Cola Arena
Nancy Ajram and Saif Nabeel Live Eid festivities with the Arab music industry’s greatest hits are available on 15 August. People can enter the weekend with all-stars Nancy Ajram and Saif Nabeel, who are performing their award-winning songs for fans in Dubai. Early hits, newer releases and everything in between to have fans join in for a night of nonstop chart-toppers by these certified hitmakers. People can buy tickets to the concert on Dubai Calendar, which start from AED95 for general admission.
When: 15 Aug 2019 Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Bollywood beats at Speed Bash India’s celebrity music producer DJ Aqeel will be in Dubai this Eid. Famous as the Don of Remixes, DJ Aqeel found commercial success with the release of his upbeat mix ‘Tu Hai Wahi’. He’s going to play favourite Bollywood tracks, old and new, with his signature electro-dance flair at Dubai World Trade Centre on 15 August. People can look forward to floor-fillers and mashups all night at Speed Bash 2019, with tickets starting at AED125.
When: 15 Aug 2019 Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Late night pool bash at Aquaventure Take a break at Aquaventure After Dark, the water park’s much-anticipated post-hours bash. Emojis will be seen as the inflatables and theme this time around, one can dive in with trunks and floaties to match. People can buy their tickets on Dubai Calendar, which gives access to over 20 incredible water slides from 20:00 until midnight. Float through the lazy river with friends or take over speed down the Leap of Faith while live DJs drop fresh beats to keep the vibe at an all-time high.
When: 15 Aug 2019 Where: Aquaventure, Atlantis The Palm
Back-to-back Disney films at Dubai Opera A great place or occasion to introduce young kids to your favourite childhood films or take a trip down memory lane with friends. Dubai Opera is hosting a film festival from 15 August onwards where everyone can enjoy an incredible selection of beloved Disney movies. Check out their schedule, which includes live-action comedies like ‘Hocus Pocus’ and classic animations including ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Cinderella’.
When: 15-30 Aug 2019 Where: Dubai Opera
Family bonding at Modhesh World This has been a summer of surprises at Modhesh World. With a go-karting track, dedicated zone for toddlers, classic arcade games and action-packed activities, this indoor theme park offers Dubai’s younger citizens a summer to remember. A great place to be with family to enjoy all the attractions and discounts, or maybe even win a new car, this Eid. Catch the tail end of Modhesh World’s festivities before it closes on 17 March.
When: until 17 Aug 2019 Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
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