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Diwali set-up at BurJuman Mall Image Credit: Supplied

As the UAE gets festive for Diwali, celebrated on October 27 this year, it spells the ideal time to spend with family.

Gulf News tabloid! puts together the ultimate guide to all the family entertainment activities and events over the next few days.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is celebrating the festival of lights with a 11-day extravaganza starting on October 24. The park will come alive with live shows, traditional Indian bites, and dedicated festival areas daily from 10am to 8pm until November 2.

Visitors will be treated to Roshanee, a stage performance that will feature traditional Indian dance with an aerialist mix takes over the stage at the Red Theatre. A levitating yogi, along with henna and caricature stations will add to the activities available.

Street food carts with traditional Indian dishes will be located outside the Red Theater.

General tickets are priced at Dh295. The shows at the Red Theatre will take place four times a day. The levitating yogi will perform eight times a day.

The Pointe

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View from the Pointe at the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Image Credit: Supplied

Until October 27, visitors to The Pointe can enjoy a Surprise Box Dance show and a flash mob performance, along with a fireworks display on October 26 at 9pm. Indian-inspired dishes will also be available across restaurants, with 25 per cent off at select stores, as well as 20 per cent off Careem rides to the Palm Jumeirah destination.

Al Khail Gate Community Center

Celebrations kick off on Friday October 25, when Indian folk art is brought to life with a live Rangoli act. On Saturday October 26, the community will host an array of roaming acts, including Bollywood dance performances and Indian folk fusion dance shows as well as workshops for the little ones.

Bay Avenue

Throughout the weekend of 25 and 26 October, residents and visitors are invited to enjoy multiple performances, including dazzling Indian Folk Fusion dances, energetic Dhol performances, a live Rangoli designing and an array of kids’ activities. Restaurant Moti Mahal will provide henna for all visitors.

Ibn Battuta Mall

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The mall is hosting live entertainment, retailer offerings, a bespoke photo set-up and giveaways across the mall.

City Centre Deira

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An artist’s impression of the Majid Al Futtaim Properties City Centre Deira redevelopment. Image Credit: Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Visitors can be a part of the festivities and get cash back upon shopping, as well as have the chance to win Dh25,000 when making purchases of Dh250, until October 31.

Dhruv Live at Dubai Airport

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Award-winning Rock band Dhruv will welcome visitors at Dubai Airport on October 26 with a three-hour performance starting from 8pm.

La Perle

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This Diwali, families and loved ones will have the chance to elevate the celebrations with a visit to the aquatic-themed show, La Perle by Dragone with a special upgrade on tickets booked until November 2. Shows take place five days a week, with 65 artists performing feats as they dive, dance, fly and defy gravity on motorbikes in the award-winning performance.

The Waterfront Market

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The Diwali celebrations will be return to the venue from October 24 to 29, offering the local community a chance to enjoy the occasion together. Filled with a range of food and beverage options, visitors can soak up the sea air whilst enjoying the waterfront promenade, featuring entertainment and activities alongside various cafe and restaurant pop-ups.

Taking place at the Deira Corniche, visitors will be able take part in a range of traditional Diwali activities including contributing to the giant rangoli and mural painting. There will also be Bollywood dancing to entertain all as the sunsets. From 3pm to 9pm.

Burjuman Mall

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The mall is celebrating Diwali with an explosion of colours. Indian-themed decor, floral ceiling displays and photo opportunities will be placed around the mall. Activities such as candle, tiara and diya (traditional lamp) decoration, along with henna painting and more is also available at the mall.

Indian dancers will perform twice daily at 6.30pm and at 8.30pm from October 24 to 27.

Bollywood Parks Dubai


Celebrate Diwali with friends and family at Bollywood Parks Dubai from October 24 until November 2. Tickets start from Dh80 per person, for a group of four which includes a Diwali buffet along with park access, unlimited rides and new live shows.