Eid Al Adha Guide
Eid in Dubai
Eid al-Adha is the celebration at the end of the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca (or Makkah). Here is a guide to everything you need to know about this important celebration in Dubai.
A guide to Eid al-Adha celebrations in Dubai
A guide to Eid al Adha in Dubai
Eid Al Adha marks the end of the end of Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca – one of the most important religious observances in Islam. The celebration is the second largest religious holiday celebrated by Muslims annually, after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
What is Eid Al Adha?
Eid Al Adha is a holiday at the end of the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, which is one of the greatest religious observances in Islam.
Eid Al Adha is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, which remembers the prophet Ibrahim (also known as ‘Abraham’), who was commanded by God to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Demonstrating unwavering loyalty to God, Ibrahim obeyed, but an angel stopped him and gave him a ram to sacrifice in place of his son.
What is the Hajj?
In the period before Eid Al Adha, many Muslims travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, where the final destination is the holy city of Mecca, home of the Kaaba – the most sacred site in Islam. Muslims may plan and save for many years to enable them to take part in this event, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid Al Adha?
Many Muslims make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque. Muslims are encouraged to participate in charity for those less fortunate so that everyone is able to take part in the celebrations. They also spend time with family and friends throughout the Eid Al Adha holiday (August 31 to September 3 are this year's expected dates).
How can I celebrate Eid in Dubai?
Eid in Dubai is a spectacular time as the city erupts with fireworks and festivities. This year, the celebratory firework displays will be held at two locations: Dubai Festival City (DFC) and The Beach at JBR.
For family fun, visit Dubai Parks and Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure or Hub Zero in City Walk. While in the area, explore the newest section of City Walk for some of Dubai's freshest options in dining and shopping.
Have a dose of heritage and culture by visiting Etihad Museum for a contemporary history of the UAE and Saruq Al Hadid to see how ancient regional tribes lived during the Iron Age. Or, experience an exciting night out by booking tickets to Dubai's newest and only resident theatre show, La Perle.
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