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
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.
Until October 25, 4.30pm-11.30pm weekdays; 4.30pm-12.30am weekends
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
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
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.
Until November 2, 10am-10pm
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
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.
An old favourite of Dubai residents, Global Village will coincide with Eid for the first time in 17 years.
October 25 (7pm) — 26 (2pm and 7pm)
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!
Balloon artists and children’s workshops — a great place to pack the kids off.
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
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.
Shreya Ghoshal will belt out her chartbusters in a three-hour non-stop grand musical concert. Needless to say, tickets are selling fast.
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.
This year’s Arab artists include Rabeh Saqer, Majed Al Muhandis, Melhem Zein, Fares Karam and Nahwa. For updates check www.rotana.net
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.
October 27 (10.30am-5.30pm)
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.
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.
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!
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
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.