GN Focus | Eid Al Adha

United in recreation

From international concerts and theatre to cultural performances, the UAE presents a wide spectrum of entertainment options aimed at bringing locals and expatriates together

  • By Rashi Sen | Staff Writer
  • Published: 00:00 October 23, 2012
  • GN Focus

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The UAE has an exciting line-up of events to mark the Eid Al Adha holidays, from the traditional to the modern. Eid in Dubai, in its fifth edition, brings many entertaining events to residents and tourists, uniting them in celebration. Shows and exhibitions are already being served up alongside attractive retail deals since October 18 and are expected to last until November 2. Abu Dhabi celebrates the second edition of Eidfest with attractive offers, award-winning performances and exhibitions over October 26 to 29. Here are some highlights:

Shaikh Maktoum Dubai Open

Until October 24

Al Badiya Golf Club, InterContinental Dubai Festival City

The 2012 Middle East and North Africa Golf Tour is a great opportunity for regional professionals and amateurs to sharpen their skills alongside international players.

East Coast Celebrations

Until October 25, 4.30pm-11.30pm weekdays; 4.30pm-12.30am weekends

Expo Khor Fakkan

For a truly cultural shopping experience, head to Expo Khor Fakkan, which will feature more than 80 exhibitors displaying a variety of goods.

Mercato’s tenth anniversary

Until October 29


Mercato celebrates its tenth anniversary with Eid Al Adha this year. Visitors and shoppers get to enjoy gifts, competitions and entertainment as well as great shopping offers.

International Fine Food Festival

Until November 2

Meydan Grandstand

This year, the International Fine Food Festival (IFFF) will focus primarily on getting a wide variety of gourmet food and beverages to a wider audience. At the heart of IFFF are engaging competitions for chefs. This one’s a must-visit for foodies.

Eid Fun Fair

Until November 2, 10am-10pm

Zabeel Park

This year’s Eid Fun Fair features a host of exciting games and activities to keep the naughtiest kids occupied.

Folk song and dance/Fireworks

Until November 2

Al Khor — Al Seef Road

The cultural district of Dubai is alive with traditional folk song and dance. Floating restaurants have special promotions, colourful kiosks line up the street and a dedicated Eid fair adds to the festive mood.

Every night at 9pm, the sky lights up with spectacular fireworks that look just perfect when reflected over the Dubai Creek. Join the hundreds that gather around at Al Seef Road for the best views in town.

Samsung Beach Soccer InterContinental CupUntil November 3
The Promenade, Dubai Festival City
The second edition of this football event will be quite a crowd-puller, with eight national teams battling it out for the trophy. Last year, it clocked in 46,000 visitors.

Fun at Global Village

Until March 30, 2013

Global Village

An old favourite of Dubai residents, Global Village will coincide with Eid for the first time in 17 years.

Harlem Globetrotters

October 25 (7pm) — 26 (2pm and 7pm)

Dubai Tennis Stadium

Introducing people around the world to the magnificence of basketball, the Harlem Globetrotters team started showcasing their jaw-dropping basketball skills in 1950 and haven’t stopped since, racking up an impressive 180 performances each year. Guaranteed to entertain the entire family!

Bubbles and 
Balloons Fiesta

October 25-29, 12pm-8pm

Dubai Marina Mall

Balloon artists and children’s workshops — a great place to pack the kids off.

Ehsan Amiri Live

October 25

Zabeel Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre

Iranian music lovers are expected to flock to the much-anticipated performance by Ehsan Khajeh Amiri, son of famous Persian traditional music singer, Iraj.

Enrique Iglesias — 
Live in Concert

October 26

Dubai World Trade Centre, Shaikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3

The international music sensation and Grammy award- winner promises to perform all his hits live in Dubai.

Salaam Dubai 2012

October 26

Madinat Arena

Shreya Ghoshal will belt out her chartbusters in a three-hour non-stop grand musical concert. Needless to say, tickets are selling fast.

Eid Extravaganza

October 26-28

Dubai Outlet Mall

Apart from the traditional tanoura dance and music, Dubai Outlet Mall will feature a family event on October 26 with fashion shows, games, handicrafts and artwork. Participants receive a special gift.

Rotana Eid Concerts


This year’s Arab artists include Rabeh Saqer, Majed Al Muhandis, Melhem Zein, Fares Karam and Nahwa. For updates check

Rehlat Omar

October 26-29

Ductac, Mall of the Emirates

Kuwaiti artist Bashar Al Shatti and the talented Bahraini Hala Turk join an exceptional theatrical team to offer a spectacular children’s show called Rehlat Omar.

Dubai Water Bash

October 27 (10.30am-5.30pm)

Zabeel Park

Organised for the first time, this exciting event offers a family-friendly day of water fun, plus traditional dancing, games, music and more. The Water Balloon Bash is expected to attract more than 10,000 participants.

Noddy in Toyland

October 27 (3.30pm & 6pm), 28 and 29 (11am, 3.30pm and 5.30pm)

The First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah

Join in the fun as Noddy and Tessie Bear invite all to sing and dance, while Sly and Gobbo attempt, but fail, to ruin it.

Gregorian Live in Dubai

November 1

Madinat Arena

Famous choir Gregorian will present selections from their new album along with hits such as Losing My Religion, Nothing Else Matters, and Tears in Heaven from their extensive repertoire.

Eidfest Abu Dhabi

The UAE capital welcomes Eid Al Adha with hospitality booths across the emirate offering dates and Arabian coffee to visitors and residents from October 26-29. A henna designer also decorates hands, free of charge.

Barney Let’s Go!

October 26-28

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company

Kids can join Barney for 90 minutes of song, dance and fun. Barney’s friends come together to take the audience to a magical toy factory where toys are repaired by the Imagination Machine.

Rest Upon the Wind

October 27

Emirates Palace Hotel

Don’t miss the regional finale of the play Rest Upon the Wind, based on the life of artist, poet and writer Gibran Khalil Gibran. The Nadim Sawalha-scribed play, with its distinctly Arab sense of humour, will be a part of the four-day Eidfest Abu Dhabi.

— R.S.

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