The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), has announced the calendar of events for the seventh edition of “Eid in Dubai – Eid Al Adha”, which is set to kick off on 25 September and will run until 11 October.
During the 17-day celebrations, visitors and residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of festival-themed entertainment, including events and activities designed to cater to families and individuals of all nationalities – encouraging visitors from around the region and beyond to make the most of the unique experiences that Dubai has to offer during these much-awaited Eid holidays.
Complemented by the city-wide decorations that further enhance the lively festive atmosphere of the city, the “Eid in Dubai – Eid Al Adha” celebrations are aimed at strengthening Dubai’s position as the choicest family-favorite destination during the Eid holidays.
Shoppers can look forward to a world-class shopping experience in Dubai, with the leading malls and shopping centers offering extended hours – providing visitors ample time to enjoy the emirate’s bustling retail scene topped off by exciting promotions and family-oriented in-mall entertainment throughout the 17 days of festivities.
"Dubai is gearing up to look its best yet again to extend a warm welcome to its visitors and their families during the “Eid in Dubai – Eid Al Adha” holidays. We are delighted to bring to our residents and tourists a distinct agenda of exciting events and activities, in addition to an array of fantastic promotions that are set to further enrich their experiences of Dubai, highlighted by the city’s iconic landmarks, leisure and entertainment destinations,” said H. E. Laila M. Suhail, CEO of DFRE.
H. E. Suhail also emphasized that annual festivals such as “Eid in Dubai”, continue to play a pivotal role in strengthening the retail and tourism sectors of the emirate, by contributing towards the higher volumes of tourists visiting the city during this season, in addition to a remarkable growth in sales as recorded at the several shopping malls and shopping centers of Dubai. The increase in hotel occupancy rates and reservations further provides the market and the economic sectors an additional boost through a range of initiatives that play both a direct and indirect part in the success of Dubai’s thriving business landscape.
She elaborated that events and activities organized during Eid Al Adha serve as a cultural backdrop of Dubai – showcasing the UAE’s rich heritage and traditions, the generosity of its people and the welcoming hospitality that attracts people from far and wide to create unforgettable and joyful memories of a wonderful Eid experience in the city.
She also thanked the DFRE’s strategic partners, sponsors and government agencies for their unwavering supporting in helping the festivals organized by the DFRE, achieve newer milestones each year.
Highlights of “Eid in Dubai – Eid Al Adha” 2014
Rotana Eid Al Adha Concerts
5 and 6 October, 11:00pm
Hall 7, Dubai World Trade Centre
Well-known artists from the Arab musical industry are gearing up to enthrall their fans in Dubai during the seventh edition of “Eid in Dubai – Eid Al Adha.” Music aficionados can root for Rabeh Sager and Shamma Hamdan on the first day of the concert and join Mohammed Abdo and Arwa for a musical spectacle on the second day at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets are priced between AED300 and AED2,500.
“layali Al Eid” Concerts
5– 6 October
Conrad Hotel Dubai
Residents and visitors of Dubai are in for two musical dates this Eid Al Adha. On 5 October, fans can look forward to enjoying a live concert with Lebanese musician Melhem Barakat, popular singer Ayman Zbib, and singer Oumnia Mohamed. On 6 October, a Moroccan musical spectacle awaits visitors as they join the celebrated artist Saeeda Sharaf and singer, songwriter and composer Najat Aatabou for another magical night. Tickets for the concert are priced at AED 900, AED 1200 and AED1500.
Dhun Ki Dhoom Concert
10 October, 9pm – 2am
Aviation Club Tennis Stadium
Dhun Ki Dhoom is a grand Indian musical concert featuring award-winning artists such as Krishna Kumar (KK) and Monali Thakur, who are bringing to Dubai their greatest hits and latest music to serenade their fans in Dubai. Bollywood music fans can expect to enjoy a score of melodious songs with friends and family during this much-awaited live concert.
Aladdin An Arabian Adventure
4 – 6 October, 2pm & 4:30pm
DUCTAC Theatre, Mall of the Emirates
Aladdin An Arabian Adventure is a musical story for young visitors from the ages of 4 and 11 years and older based on the celebrated tales of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights and made popular by the Disney movie.
Ismat Apa Ke Naam
10 - 11 October, 6:30pm
DUCTAC Theatre, Mall of the Emirates
Talented theatre and film artists from India including Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa and Loveleen Mishra are touching down in Dubai for their first-ever solo performance in a one-act play organized as part of the series of the popular “Ismat Apa Ke Naam” play written by Ismat Khanum Chughtai and directed by the legendary Naseeruddin Shah. The 120-minute show will bring to life three short stories enacted into plays in the Urdu language. The second part of the popular series is being enacted for the first time in the Dubai and the UAE. Tickets are priced between AED100 and AED500.
Sesame Street Live - Elmo Creates Music
29 September – 4 October, Weekdays: 6pm, Weekends: 10am, 2pm & 6pm
Madinat Jumeirah Theatre
Sesame Street is making its way to Dubai this Eid Al Adha to perform live on stage at Madinat Jumeirah Theatre. The spectacular “Elmo Creates Music” show will feature children’s favorite characters such as Elmo, Big Bird and Abby Cadabby as they sing and dance to upbeat music. Single tickets are priced at AED 249.
Rhythm of Arts
5 – 11 October, 4pm – 12am
Plenty of family entertainment awaits visitors and residents in Zabeel Park this Eid Al Adha including musical stage shows by street artists and popular music bands, outdoor food stalls, interactive activities, creative workshops, organic food stations, street art and more, with lively decorations lending the park a festive ambience. Together, a spirit of cultural celebration will take over Zabeel Park during the Eid celebrations.
Fashion Forward – Season 4
4 – 6 October
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Fashion Forward is the region’s most popular fashion event organized twice a year in April and October, aimed at strengthening Dubai’s position as a global fashion hub. Around 35 top regional designers have participated on this unique platform till date, which has welcomed 45,000 visitors from the region and beyond. Featuring bi-annual presentations from the region’s established and emerging fashion designers for consumers, buyers and the media, the public program includes talks, panels and workshops by fashion’s leading lights.
Dubai In A Different Light – Photography Exhibition
5 – 11 October
Dubai Airport (Terminal 3)
The first unique photography exhibition of its kind showcases the soul of Dubai through a rare collection of pictures shot by visitors, residents and international photographers who have captured the city’s dynamism, diversity and character through various angles. Compelling and interesting at the same time, this exhibition will recreate Dubai like never before.
Big Boys Toys
3 – 5 October
Big Boys Toys is the region’s premier lifestyle event, featuring the greatest, fastest, sleekest and the most unique and luxurious products from an amazing line-up of the world’s most renowned manufacturers of luxury lifestyle products. A spectacular platform for product launches, the event draws the spotlights on never-seen-before products from around the world such as a C-Explorer 5 Submersible, Rage Comet, Seabreacher, Triumph III Rocket two-wheeler, Zapata Racing Flyboard among others. Interactive entertainment includes Test Drive Pit, Archery Zone, Shooting Gallery, RC Zone, Gaming Arcade, Simulators and more.
Eid Fun Distrect
5 – 11 October
Kite Beach, Jumeirah
Family Fun Fair is a free public event organized for families and children to enjoy the outdoor beach environment packed with fun, adventure and one-of-a-kind experiences. Beach-goers can anticipate food and beverage kiosks and stalls, entertaining stage shows and roaming acts, games and creative rides for all ages, water activities and live music by DJs and musical bands.
Other Events( in malls)
Circo Boom/Comedy Circus
Themed around the unique European theatrical style, Circo Boom is an exclusive spectacular circus show that bridges the gaps of language and culture with the universal language of clowning. Families can expect unrestrained laughter during this 45-minute explosion of pure family fun. Created by the Cirque du Soleil veteran Dimitri Bagatirev, Comedy Circus was nominated for the Ovation Awards, in the category of best touring show and has delighted audiences from around the world, performing for more than 500,000 people in Japan, Mexico, Korea, Singapore, Russia and Chille.
The internationally acclaimed Australian musical troupe is coming to the UAE for the first time for their exclusive show during Eid Al Adha. With several ground-breaking achievements under their belt in their fifteen year history, The Ten Tenors has become to be known as one of the most hardworking touring acts teams performing an average of up to 250 shows per year across seven continents. They have also sold over 3.5 million concert tickets till date.
Princesses of Pop
The star-studded musical show is an incredible tribute to Princesses of Pop such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Katy Perry as award-winning look-alike singers electrify the stage with the singers’ popular soundtracks and recreate all the glitz and glamour fans associate with their favourite pop stars through customized costumes. The singers will be accompanied by a live band and dancers.
Dino Live, Planetarium 360, Brick Adventure Land
Until 31 March 2015
Dino Live, the world’s largest movable Dinosaur Exhibition is recreating the past while taking visitors back into time to the hair-raising pre-historic world when giant dinosaurs thrived on planet earth. With breath-taking Dinosaur exhibits, a 3D cinema and a number of fun-packed zones such as the Fossil Zone – Dino Live is the ideal interactive destination for visitors and residents looking to feed their curiosity on the life and surroundings of the extinct creations.
The world’s largest mobile planetarium will offer guests a starry glimpse into cosmic creations they will remember forever. From digital and interactive presentations on the mysteries of the night sky to simulation of planets and stars – Planetarium 360 is a celestial treat combining education and entertainment as guests sit back in a casual ambiance and embark on one of the most beautiful astronomic journeys ever.
The one-of-a-kind Brick Adventureland is another fun-filled attraction to visit at Arabian Center this Eid Al Adha. The unique zone is giving kids of all ages the opportunity to enjoy exciting brick making arts and craft activities.
Wonho Chung Show
Wonho returns to the UAE with his individual brand of hilarious stand-up for one night only.
Wonho Chung is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, singer, musician, interviewer and media personality. Born to South Korean and Vietnamese parents, Wonho was raised in Jordan speaking Arabic as his mother tongue. His fluency in the language of the region and immersion in is culture from childhood have given this multi-talented entertainer a unique Asian-Arab perspective, enabling him to make a strong connection with audience in this part of the world.
Following a busy and eventful year which has seen the launch of Wonho’s Arabic speaking stand-up comedy DVD, The Ticket prices are AED 150 -250.
MAX AMINI Stand Up Comedy Show
The American Iraninan Stand Up Comedy Artist is back in Dubai.There will be two shows, the first at 7 PM and the second at 10 PM, the prices are AED 250 and 400.
2 – 11 October, 9:00pm
Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim 1, Kite Beach
Residents and visitors of Dubai can look forward to enjoying non-stop spectacular fireworks treat when a colourful pyrotechnics display takes over the Dubai night sky in celebrations of Eid Al Adha at 9:00pm from 2 October to 11 October.
Various locations in Dubai
Festive decorations will adorn the various areas of Dubai in celebrations of Eid Al Adha. Visitors from around the world can look forward to enjoying the vibrant ambience brought to life by lively themes, multi-coloured lights and beautiful shapes installed on prominent streets, roundabouts and promenades.
Extended Mall Timings
Various Shopping Malls in Dubai
Dubai’s leading shopping malls will be extending the mall timings during “Eid In Dubai-Eid Al Adha” to provide visitors and residents the convenience of additional time to browse through take their pick from a selection of discounted merchandise as well as participate in the exciting range of rewarding promotions on offer.
Shop and Win Promotion
25 September – 11 October
Visitors at participating malls will have the opportunity to win prizes up to AED 500,000. Upon a minimum purchase of AED 200, shoppers will get a chance to “Scratch & Win” shopping vouchers up to AED 1000.