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The UAE community will make the celebrations feel special by spending time with their loved ones and also splurging on great deals.

Amid Covid restrictions, the community in the UAE is finding exciting ways to celebrate Eid Al Adha safely.

One of Islam’s two main festivals, Eid Al Adha or the “festival of sacrifice”, traditionally begins in the morning with a prayer and continues with feasts, visits and an exchanging of gifts among relatives and friends, and also indulging in some recreational activities.

For UAE national Saaed Al Suwaidi, Eid Al Adha always means spending time with his family. “We always get together as a family and celebrate Eid by praying in the mosque,” says Al Suwaidi. “After that we gather with the family and all our relatives to wish each other and perform the sacrifice. We carry out all our traditions with pride during this time.”

My siblings and I take turns to spend time with her as we are aware that we should take precautions and stay safe. We made an agreement to set a day for each one of us to see her and enjoy the Eid holidays in her presence. To stay safe and protected we also keep our circle of friends small and see them from time to time.

- Jamila Al Ansari, Assistant Expert of Customer Happiness and Head of Health and Institutional Well-being, HR administration, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Jamila Al Ansari, Assistant Expert of Customer Happiness and Head of Health and Institutional Well-being, HR administration, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, plans to spend some quality time with her mother rather than going to malls and restaurants. “My siblings and I take turns to spend time with her as we are aware that we should take precautions and stay safe,” says Al Ansari. “We made an agreement to set a day for each one of us to see her and enjoy the Eid holidays in her presence. To stay safe and protected we also keep our circle of friends small and see them from time to time.

An avid fitness freak, Al Ansari won’t give up on her health priorities during the festivities. “I will make time for some exercises such as Ashtanga yoga, gym workouts and daily meditation,” she says. “I will eat healthy food to keep my immunity strong as I want to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I used to go hiking with the Mountain Eagle's Team but because of the weather I won't be able to do it, but I will most likely join the OCR Nation team for outdoor workouts.”

It would be nice to go back to our traditional Eid routine of gifting my siblings followed by flavourful cultural feast of biryani and desserts.

- Faisal Khan, Business Development Executive

Faisal Khan, an Indian Business Development Executive, misses his family, who have moved to a different country this April, but he plans to visit his remaining family and siblings in the UAE. “It would be nice to go back to our traditional Eid routine of gifting my siblings followed by flavourful cultural feast of biryani and desserts,” he says.

Sadaf Khan, one of UAE’s top fashion bloggers and founder of The Inspirists, gushes over a special gift that came to her family just around Eid – her baby niece. “We are really looking forward to creating beautiful memories with my beautiful little niece and we have planned zoom calls with our families overseas to celebrate Eid Al Adha,” she says.

We are really looking forward to creating beautiful memories with my beautiful little niece and we have planned zoom calls with our families overseas to celebrate Eid Al Adha.

- Sadaf Khan, one of UAE’s top fashion bloggers and founder of The Inspirists

The Eid Al Adha break is also the time to splurge on shopping and travel offerings and special deals. So what is the community planning to avail of this year?

“Priority would be to have some Eid-inspired sweets,” says Faisal. “Moreover, it’s been a practice in our family to always wear something new, considering my busy work schedule, it would be an ideal time to capitalise on the upcoming festive sale and shop to gift my close ones and upgrade my current wardrobe.”

Sadaf and her family have already started indulging in Eid shopping, with the great offers and deals around town. “We are redecorating our house and shopping for the babies,” she says. “We are also planning a family staycation to enjoy this long weekend and giving ourselves the much awaited vacation.”

We are extremely motivated for children to experience an active fun-filled summer in Dubai. We have lots of activities planned in our summer camps within our unique multi-adventure parks which comprise amongst other adrenaline-fuelled activities an interesting fusion of trampolines mixed with parkour.

- Riyaz Suterwalla, Co-Founder and CEO, View Emirates Group

Leisure and recreational companies also have many offerings for children and the whole family. Riyaz Suterwalla, Co-Founder and CEO, View Emirates Group, says: “We are extremely motivated for children to experience an active fun-filled summer in Dubai. We have lots of activities planned in our summer camps within our unique multi-adventure parks which comprise amongst other adrenaline-fuelled activities an interesting fusion of trampolines mixed with parkour. All children have had a highly unusual year at school with the challenges and restrictions Covid has presented them with and we intend to let them enjoy their summer in Dubai and let off some steam in a safe, actioned packed air conditioned environment.”

Get a lifestyle of your choice

Communities can now aspire for a lifestyle of their choice by applying for immigration while availing of the special Eid Ul Adha promotion from Huriya Private.

For St. Kitts & Nevis, our clients can avail a discount of $45,000 (US) for a family of four. Also, in Antigua & Barbuda we have an offer price of $150,000, including a processing fee for a family of six.

- John Hanafin, Founder & CEO, Huriya Private - Citizenship by Investment Services

“Investors interested in second citizenship and passport and residency programs will get a 50 per cent discount on our Legal fees,” says John Hanafin, Founder & CEO, Huriya Private - Citizenship by Investment Services. “For St. Kitts & Nevis, our clients can avail a discount of $45,000 (US) for a family of four. Also, in Antigua & Barbuda we have an offer price of $150,000, including a processing fee for a family of six.”