Eid Al Adha in Dubai

Eid Al Adha in Dubai 20150901T075045 20160906T142939:636087689796475783 Eid in Dubai Eid Al Adha is a time to bring families and friends together, and what better place to ring in the festivities than Dubai, where there are always new holiday temptations. From the opera to food trucks, there’s something new for everyone this Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha, the holiday marking the end of the annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, is one of the major celebrations in Islam. Also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, it is the perfect time to come together and celebrate. This year, why not skip the malls (and the crowds) to make some new discoveries? Here are five new options.

Immerse yourself in culture

Dubai is making its mark on the social scene with the opening of the state-of-the-art Dubai Opera. The inspiring dhow-shaped structure is the latest feather in the emirate’s cultural cap, putting on world-class shows from performers such as legendary tenor Placido Domingo, whose opening night is sold out. During the Eid festivities, be captivated by the romantic ballet of a peasant girl with a broken heart in Giselle or follow the journey of a life-sized doll that comes to life in Coppelia. Both shows will be performed by the Russian State Ballet with the Orchestra of Siberia.
Best for: Culture seekers
Where: Dubai Opera
When: Sep 15, 16 and 17


Get lost in history

Buried deep in the UAE desert is Saruq Al Hadid, an archaeological site  that was first discovered in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. The ancient site holds the key to thousands of years of civilisation, dating back to the Iron Age, and now its artefacts have been preserved and put on display in a new interactive museum located in the historical Shindagha area of Dubai. Visitors can enjoy an immersive peek into human history, and marvel at the tools, jewellery and fossils showcased at the museum.
Best for: History buffs
Where: Saruq Al Hadid Museum, Shindagha 
When: 8am-2pm, Sat-Thurs

Explore the new city centre

City Walk stakes its claim as Dubai's hottest new dining and entertainment hub, and it doesn't disappoint. The sleekly designed open-air shopping area, which showed off its new expanded space earlier this year, is located between central Downtown Dubai and the upscale Jumeirah district. It brings together luxury shopping outlets from Karl Lagerfeld to Missoni, and experiential restaurants, such as Farzi Cafe, which borrows from the school of molecular gastronomy, and coffee connoisseurs The Brass. City Walk’s wide, paved streets give off a European vibe. Children will love a pit-stop at Mattel Play! Town Dubai, or can pay homage to geekdom at pop-culture and comic book store Geek Nation. 
Best for: Casual shoppers
Where: City Walk 
When: 10am-10pm


Channel your inner child

Also located in City Walk is the newly opened arcade and entertainment complex, Hub Zero. Spanning more than 15,000 square metres, the Hub has 18 attractions offering an interactive gaming experience for both beginners and pro-gamers. What's on offer? There’s a virtual cave, laser tag, a 3D immersion tunnel, an indoor roller coaster, children’s go-karting track, and karaoke rooms for starters. Game On!
Best for: Gamers
Where: Hub Zero, City Walk
When: 12pm-12am


Take a food truck trip

Strap on the seat belts, plug in your favourite playlist and head down Sheikh Zayed Road to Last Exit. This food truck stop is a unique destination which will transport you to 1950s America, complete with vintage decor, retro furniture and deli delights. With 11 of Dubai's favourite eateries occupying the food park, you'll find American staples such as burgers, hot dogs, waffles, plus tacos and falafels. But the best part? It's open 24/7.
Best for: Foodies
Where: E11
When: Open 24 hours


BONUS: Try a Dubai classic

When in holiday mode, it’s hard to go past celebratory fireworks. This Eid Al-Adha, as with every year, the emirate will light up in the magical hues of red, green, blue and gold, ushering in the more amenable weather.
Best for: Everyone
Where: The Beach, JBR
When: Sep 11-16, from 8:30pm

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