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Diwali in Dubai

Mon, August 24, 2020

Diwali – the Indian Festival of Lights – is a time for celebration, family and winter fun in Dubai.

Diwali – the Indian Festival of Lights – is a time for celebration, family and winter fun in Dubai.


Fireworks fun

Diwali would not be the same without fireworks, and Dubai knows how to put on an unforgettable show. In 2019, there were grand fireworks displays at Festival Bay in Dubai Festival City, The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah and Al Seef by the Creek. The annual Dubai Fitness Challenge also took place in October, with plenty of family-friendly activities and yet more fireworks at Kite Beach.


Diwali markets

Whether visitors were looking for one-of-a-kind home décor or jewellery to gift your family and friends, the pop-up Diwali markets at The Pointe in Palm Jumeirah and Al Seef did not disappoint. New treasures awaited at every turn with stalls selling all manner of wares, making shopping in Dubai fun and exciting. On 18 October, Zabeel Park shone with a special cultural evening featuring Indian food stalls, an outdoor market, fashion shows and more.


IMAGINE light show

The city’s record-breaking visual extravaganza, IMAGINE at Dubai Festival City, lit up the Festival Bay waterfront with a new show themed around the sights and sounds of Diwali. Paying tribute to the Indian holiday of lights, visitors were treated to a mesmerising display that combined synchronised fountains, laser projections and an awe-inspiring soundtrack.


Top promotions

The city’s leading shopping malls, homegrown boutiques and popular brands joined in the season’s celebrations with special Diwali promotions. There were exclusive offers at Ibn Battuta Mall, with roaming entertainment and giveaways during the festive period. Meanwhile, City Centre Deira shoppers who spent AED250 stood a chance to win big every week.


Shop for gold

In keeping with the age-old tradition of buying and gifting gold during the auspicious season of Diwali, leading jewellery stores across Dubai offered fantastic discounts and promotions on their latest collections. Shoppers keen to purchase gold as part of the festival’s tradition enjoyed competitive prices, as well as great savings of between 30 to 75 per cent.


Bollywood Parks


Last year, Bollywood Parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts was a popular stop all through Diwali. Visitors made the most of 16 thrilling rides and attractions, delicious street food and live performances spread across five immersive zones – from fun stage shows to classic kathak dances to talented artists performing daredevil stunts.


Global Village

October marked the start of a new season at Global Village – the city’s beloved open-air festival park that promises the best round-the-world fun. There was plenty to look forward to, including funfair rides, live entertainment and authentic products from countries around the world. There was gift inspiration galore here, with chiffon fabrics and traditional leather sandals from India, hand-painted ceramics from Turkey, and more.


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