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For an unforgettable Diwali celebration, take the family to Bollywood Parks Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts inspired by the Indian film industry’s biggest blockbusters and Mumbai’s quintessential charm. There will be special dance performances, light and fountain shows and intricate rangoli art displays all around the venue, not to mention an exceptional array of Diwali treats at the Food Market and weekend firework displays. There’s also a special, one-night-only concert by Indian pop star Mika Singh on 20 October.
When: 5 October to 5 November
Cost: AED175 for a day-pass, from AED95 for GCC residents
To celebrate Diwali in Dubai, leading gold and jewellery stores across Dubai are offering fantastic discounts and promotions on their latest collections. Shoppers keen to purchase gold in keeping with the festival’s tradition can expect savings of between 30 to 75 per cent. Stop by Malabar Gold & Diamonds in Al Barsha to choose from intricate designs and enter a draw to win 100kg of gold. The leading jewellery chain is also offering free gold coins on a minimum spend.
Amala at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray serves some of the best Mughlai cuisine in Dubai. The restaurant has crafted a special set menu that’s themed around Diwali’s many lighting celebrations. A few of the culinary highlights include ‘chokhi tikki ke chakri,’ delicious spiced potato and green pea patties, and ‘seekh kebab ke phool jaddi’ that features lamb mince, infused with cheese and aromatic spices, cooked in a traditional tandoor oven. Book a table at Amala’s al fresco terrace for the best views.
When: 17 to 22 October, 6pm-11:30pm
Cost: AED185 per person
Try something different this Diwali and embark on a unique food and photography tour of Meena Bazaar in Bur Dubai, where the winding alleys and neon street fronts are dotted with family-run stores selling jewellery, fabrics and kitsch souvenirs. Organised by Dubai's centre for photography, Gulf Photo Plus, and the fabulous foodies behind Frying Pan Adventures, the one-night-only tour also features plenty of stops at local eateries to fuel up with delicious Indian street food such as pav bhaji and bhel puri, as well as sticky, sweet desserts.
When: 19 October, 6pm and 6:30pm
Cost: AED595 per person
Diwali offers the perfect excuse to cleanse body and mind. The city’s first holistic wellbeing resort, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, features a range of all-inclusive packages centred on enhancing wellness. Choose from three-day detoxes to two-week transformative experiences that include everything from wellness consultations and daily yoga or fitness sessions to targetted spa treatments, healthy meals and weekly holistic talks.
Cost: AED4,200 per person for the three-night Spa Wellness package
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