A huge presence of the Indian diaspora in Dubai ensures that all major Indian festivals are celebrated with much aplomb and gusto. With the festival of lights, Diwali, around the corner, you can look forward to some very exciting Diwali events, featuring music, dance, great food discount shopping and more. If you are going to be in Dubai around Diwali, 7th November 2018, here’s all you can do in the city:
Attend Frolic-Filled Festivals
Bollywood Parks and Resorts at Dubai Parks and Resorts is one of the best places in the city for wholesome family entertainment centring on Diwali. The park that takes inspiration from Indian film industry is especially decorated for Diwali. The celebrations here feature an array of dance and music performances as well as light and fountain shows. Diwali-centric Rangoli (traditional Indian decoration and patterns made with ground rice) competitions have also been organised here in the past.
Get Crazy Deals on Diwali Shopping
Lucrative Diwali offers are up for grabs at several stores across the city, many of them selling an array Diwali lamps, jewellery, clothing, candles, sweets, flowers, wall decorations and more. Other than the gargantuan malls of Dubai, the local markets you can visit for shopping include Al Adil, Puranmal, Choithrams and Kamat Shireen. Diwali is also an exciting time for gold shopping in Dubai as savings of between 30 to 75 per cent can be expected on the purchase of this precious metal. For those looking to fly to India for the festivities, many airlines are offering discounted fares around Diwali.
Enjoy Sumptuous Feasts Featuring Indian Cuisine
Indian cuisine is one of the most widely consumed in Dubai and come Diwali, you can relish some very popular and sumptuous delicacies at various feasts around the city. Bombay Bunglow, a popular Indian restaurant is organising a Diwali feast from 1-10 November where dishes such as Butter Chicken, Watermelon Chaat and Guac Pani Poori are expected to be in popular demand. The award-winning Trèsind restaurant will also be creating special Diwali fare, giving it a sparkling twist of molecular gastronomy for the festival.
Watch Fireworks on the Day of the Festival
One of the most spectacular shows of fireworks that you can see in the city is organised at Burj Khalifa, where the sky is lit up in myriad shades of gold and silver amongst other colours. Grab your place by the Waterfront Promenade for the best view of the show. Bollywood Parks and Resorts are also known for their spectacular Diwali fireworks that lighten up the whole Dubai Parks and Resorts.