Thursday 17 April, 2014Dubai Time 31° C
The highly anticipated 'Eid in Dubai' - Eid Al Fitr celebration, scheduled to take place during Eid Al Fitr holidays, promises a range of multicultural activities, affirming Dubai’s position as the premier destination for festivals and events.
This year’s programme includes live performances and attractions from around the world, promising the widest selection of cultural activities ever to be offered during ‘Eid in Dubai’. Residents and visitors alike can look forward to events including a children’s concert at Modhesh World featuring ‘Arabs Got Talent’ finalist Hala Al Turk , the Shoppiesta festival at Meydan with five days of themed concerts and festivities, and the highly anticipated ‘Fire of Anatolia’ show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Other attractions include concerts by famous Arabic singers, Eid carnivals at Modhesh World, and fireworks displays. Shopping malls and retail outlets across Dubai are organizing amazing shopping discounts and offers as part of ‘Eid in Dubai’. The promotions run until September 10.
Laila Suhail, Chief Executive Officer of DEPE said: “We at Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment continue our strive towards achieving our vision of positioning Dubai as one of the leading tourism, shopping, and business destinations in the world and we aim to reach that goal by doing what we do best – organizing festivals and events of global standards.”
“We started the ‘Summer in Dubai’ campaign with the fourteenth edition of Dubai Summer Surprises that was followed up by a promotional campaign during Ramadan organized in collaboration with several government and private entities under the name of ‘Ramadan in Dubai’. And we conclude the campaign by sharing with you what we have to offer our visitors during ‘Eid in Dubai’ noting that ‘Eid in Dubai’ celebrations are inspired by the unique cultural and social mosaic of Dubai,” she added.
Ibrahim Saleh, Festivals Coordinator General and Deputy CEO of DEPE, said: “Eid in Dubai is a social occasion which unites different nationalities from across Dubai in celebration of this one joyous occasion. There is a great deal of anticipation surrounding the planned events, and we are looking forward to hosting families from across the UAE and visitors from around the world for this year’s festivities.”
For the first time ever, the retail and hospitality sectors will have the support of the official Dubai Calendar website as a tool for planning and promoting Eid activities. The site www.dubaicalendar.ae, is a portal through which Dubai’s government agencies, festival organisers, retailers and charity organisations can freely announce promotions, events and activities to residents and visitors.
Highlights of ‘Eid in Dubai’ – Eid Al Fitr
Venue: Airport Expo Dubai
Operational for the longest time since the theme-park opened first in 2000, Modhesh World features an array of entertainment options for children and families. Running until September 10, the venue offers numerous themed zones, rides, and games to keep children entertained and during ‘Eid in Dubai’, the venue takes on a festive atmosphere.
The price of entry tickets to Modhesh World has been reduced to AED 10, making the venue even more affordable for families. On the first day of Eid Al Fitr, a giant cake cutting ceremony will be held at 7:30pm to usher in the celebrations. The venue will also host a carnival on Eid days at 8pm. The Eid carnival will feature a host of cartoon characters and the ever-smiling Modhesh. Another highlight at Modhesh World is a concert by ‘Arabs Got Talent’ finalist and young artist Hala Al Turk on the third day of Eid Al Fitr at 8pm. Visitors to Modhesh World can enjoy these attractions for free.
‘Eid in Dubai’ concerts
Venue: Bustan Rotana Hotel
Date: September 1 and 2
An attraction of every ‘Eid in Dubai’ edition, concerts for this year feature some of the best known Arabic singers including Wael Kfoury, Shatha Hassoun, and Ayman Zebib who will perform on 1 September while Fadel Shaker, Rola Saad, and Fares Karam will take the stage on 2 September. The concerts will be held at the Bustan Rotana Hotel. Tickets are priced at AED 1,300, 900, 700, and 600.
Fire of Anatolia
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: 1 - 3 September
World renowned Turkish dance group, the Fire of Anatolia, is all set to take the stage during ‘Eid in Dubai’. With over 3500 performances in 275 cities across 85 countries, the spectacular show combines traditional and modern dance forms, stunning music, and an elaborate choreography staged by dancers of exceptional calibre.
The Sheikh Rashid Hall at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the show from 31 August to 2 September. The show will begin at 9pm and tickets are priced at AED 750, 500, 350, 200, and 150.
Dates: 31 Aug – 4 Sep
Timing: 10am to 1am
Shoppiesta, the first ever consumer lifestyle fair in the region, is an official event of ‘Eid in Dubai’ celebrations and features five days of shopping, entertainment, adventure sports, daily concerts, and dining for the entire family. Shoppiesta will be held from 31 August to 4September at Meydan, one of the most happening destination venues in Dubai. This unique event will see leading retailers, brands, and service providers bring an array of offerings for both visitors and tourists alike.
Concerts for the five days include performances by Nancy Ajram and Melhem Zein (day one); leading Filipino pop band South Border and popular Filipino girl band Mocha Girls (day two); legendary Iranian singer Googoosh (day three); famed Indian singers Hariharan and Shankar Mahadevan (day four); and high-profile artists such as Sean Paul, Kelly Rowland, and T-Pain on day five of the event.
Besides the amazing bargains and discounts in over 14 consumer lifestyle categories, Shoppiesta will offer unique adventure sports including concerts that will be experienced for the first time in the UAE. The event will also be marked by five days of varied cultural shows.
‘Eid in Dubai’ Fireworks
Venue: Al Seef Street and Dubai Creek Park
Date: Three days of Eid
A hallmark of every ‘Eid in Dubai’, spectacular fireworks displays will light up the sky during ‘Eid in Dubai’. Visitors at Al Seef Street and Dubai Creek Park can watch the displays on the three days of Eid at 9pm.
Dhiyafat and Fuwallat Al Eid
A combination of the Islamic etiquette of sharing and renowned Arabian hospitality, Fuwallat-Al-Eid is centered on welcoming guests on the day of Eid-Al-Fitr. Although the term is used to generally mean ‘a platter of sweets and dishes’ to welcome guests at home on Eid, the concept encompasses the spirit of giving and sharing in the society as a whole. It is this spirit that DEPE highlights during ‘Eid in Dubai’. Dhiyafat Al Eid means welcoming guests with coffee, dates, and sweets.
Visitors to select malls will be welcomed with coffee and dates and sweets will also be distributed across select Eid prayer areas, mosques, and shopping malls. ‘Eid in Dubai’ – Eid Al Fitr 2011 is sponsored by MasterCard Middle East. DEPE’s strategic partners for festivals in 2011 are also actively involved in ‘Eid in Dubai’. They are A.W. Rostamani Group, AL Futtaim Group – Dubai Festival City, AL Ghurair Centre, AL Zarooni Group – Mercato, Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Emaar Malls Group, Emirates Airline, Etisalat, Majid Al Futtaim Properties, and The Dubai Mall.