Diwali in Dubai

Dubai welcomes all visitors to celebrate the Festival of Lights 
Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, is a time for celebration, family and fun. Taking place towards the end of October, the festival traditionally symbolises knowledge, prosperity and light to reflect the victory of good over evil. This year, enjoy an unforgettable Diwali in Dubai and make the best of the many shopping promotions, family entertainment and exciting activities taking place across the city. Happy Diwali!
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Fireworks fun

City lights

Fireworks fun

City lights

Brilliant displays will light up Dubai's evenings

Diwali would not be the same without fireworks, and Dubai knows how to put on an unforgettable show. This year, there will be grand fireworks displays at Festival Bay in Dubai Festival City (18 and 24 October at 7:45pm and 8pm, respectively), The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah (26 October, 9pm) and Al Seef by the Creek (27 October, 8:30pm). Head over early to secure the best vantage point or make an evening of it by enjoying dinner at nearby restaurants such as Mitra – an Indian fusion bistro at the Heritage Zone of Al Seef, or Peppermill at Dubai Festival City Mall that presents prime waterfront views.

The annual Dubai Fitness Challenge will also be taking place in October, so join in the family-friendly activities and watch more fireworks at Kite Beach. It’s the season for non-stop fun.
Contact Details
The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 390 9999

Dubai Festival City
  +971 800 332

Al Seef, Dubai Creek
  +971 800 637 227

Kite Beach, Jumeirah
  +971 800 637 227

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Trinkets galore

Diwali markets

Trinkets galore

Diwali markets

Find the best gifts for your loved ones

If you’re looking for special, one-of-a-kind home décor, jewellery and more to gift your family and friends, make sure to stop by the pop-up Diwali markets at The Pointe in Palm Jumeirah (18 to 27 October) and Al Seef by the historic Dubai Creek (24 to 27 October).

New treasures await at every turn with stalls selling all manner of wares, making your shopping experience in Dubai fun and exciting. If you visit in the evenings, you’ll also get to enjoy ringside views of the city’s best Diwali fireworks displays.



Don’t forget to mark 18 October on your calendars for a cultural evening at Zabeel Park, featuring Indian food stalls, an outdoor market, fashion shows and more.

Contact Details
  Al Seef, Dubai Creek
  +971 800 637 227

  The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 390 9999

  Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya
  +971 4 398 6888

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Dance of lights

IMAGINE

Dance of lights

IMAGINE

A new show debuts this Diwali

The city’s record-breaking visual extravaganza, IMAGINE at Dubai Festival City, is lighting 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 can look forward to a mesmerising display that combines synchronised fountains, laser projections and an awe-inspiring soundtrack. Gather your friends and family for this special show that’s guaranteed to amaze, running daily at 7pm from 24 October to 29 November.

Contact Details
  Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City
  +971 800 332

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Shop talk

Top promotions

Shop talk

Top promotions

Celebrate with incredible deals for the family

The city’s leading shopping malls, homegrown boutiques and popular brands will be joining in the season’s celebrations with special Diwali promotions.

Grab exclusive offers at Ibn Battuta Mall, where there will also be roaming entertainment and giveaways during the festive period. Meanwhile, City Centre Deira shoppers who spend AED250 stand a chance to win big every week until the end of the month. Those who use the SHARE app by Majid Al Futtaim have added advantages, with the opportunity to get four times more points on fashion buys. Flying through Dubai Airports soon? Get 20% off on select items at Dubai Duty Free on 17 and 18 October.

From spectacular sales and raffles to deep discounts, and even a three-day super sale with up to 90% to look forward to, there’s never been a better time to update your wardrobe or makeover your home. Plan ahead and make the most of the savings on offer.

Contact Details
  Citywide, including Ibn Battuta Mall
  +971 4 368 5543

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All that glitters

Shop for gold

All that glitters

Shop for gold

Unbeatable deals across the city

In keeping with the age-old tradition of buying and gifting gold during the auspicious season of Diwali, 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 competitive prices this season, as well as savings of between 30 to 75 per cent. Remember that you can keep track of the daily price of gold in Dubai by visiting: dubaicityofgold.com
Contact Details
  Gold Souk, Deira

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Festival time

Bollywood Parks

Festival time

Bollywood Parks

The best of India in the heart of Dubai

This Diwali, take the family to Bollywood Parks Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts, the first theme park in the world that's dedicated to all things Bollywood. Visitors can make the most of 16 thrilling rides and attractions, delicious street food and live performances spread across five immersive zones.

Don't miss the chance to catch fun stage shows, from classic Kathak dances to talented artists performing daredevil stunts. There's so much to explore and discover during Diwali in Dubai.

Contact Details
  Bollywood Parks, Dubai Parks and Resorts
  +971 800 262 9464

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Around the world

Global Village

Around the world

Global Village

Enjoy family shopping and entertainment

October marks the start of a brand new season at Global Village – the city’s beloved open-air festival park that promises the best round-the-world fun. Starting from 29 October, there’s plenty to look forward to including funfair rides, live entertainment and authentic products from countries around the world.

If you’re looking for gift inspiration this Diwali, you’ll find it here as the elaborate country pavilions at Global Village. Think chiffon fabrics and traditional leather sandals from India, hand-painted ceramics from Turkey, premium cosmetics from Korea and more.

Contact Details
  Dubailand, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  +971 4 362 4114

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In the spotlight

Non-stop fun

In the spotlight

Non-stop fun

Comedy nights and musical evenings

Looking for a fun night out with friends or family? We have just the ticket thanks to a stand-up evening with Kerala-born comic Kenny Sebastian on 18 October. No stranger to the limelight, Sebastian is a successful filmmaker, musician and all-round funnyman. His YouTube channel has amassed nearly two million subscribers and that figure keeps growing thanks to successful appearances around the world. Expect a night of non-stop laughs with Funny Side Up as Sebastian talks about middle-class woes, relationships hurdles and more.

Meanwhile, fans of Bollywood music will want to check out Legends Forever, bringing Indian singing stars Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan together. The trio will perform top soundtracks in concert on 18 October. Can’t get enough of classical tunes? Book your tickets to the Indian Classical Forum, a three-day music festival taking place from 31 October to 2 November. The line-up for the event is stellar, featuring renowned icons Bombay Jayashri, Aruna Sairam and J. A. Jayanth.
Contact Details
  Funny Side Up, Emirates International School, Jumeirah
  +971 50 409 2469

  Legends Forever, Dubai World Trade Centre
  +971 55 552 4484

  Indian Classical Forum, New World Private School, Al Twar
  +971 56 993 6234

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