Things to do over the Eid al-Fitr holiday
From fireworks and staycation offers, to live entertainment and raffle draws, here are suggestions on things to do during the long weekend
Bluewaters bliss and Eid fireworks
The perfect destination to spend special occasions all year long, Bluewaters promises to deliver unforgettable excitement for the whole family during Eid. From board games, roaming stilt walkers and ribbon dancers to an Emirati Ayala band, you’ll find all sorts of family fun animating the island. Your Eid experience at Bluewaters wouldn’t be complete without an extravagant fireworks show illuminating the sky on the second day of Eid at 8:30pm.
When: Throughout Eid al-Fitr
Spin and Win at The Outlet Village
Boasting all your favourite brand-name stores offering unbeatable discounts, The Outlet Village is the perfect spot to shop and splurge this holiday. The stylish destination invites shoppers to enjoy some Eid-inspired retail therapy while little ones can look forward to an appearance by Modhesh. If you’ve spent more than AED400 during your shopping spree, make your way over to the Spin and Win Booth for a chance to win a range of prizes, from a free dine-in experience to special gift vouchers to your favourite labels at the destination. You can even have your new buys from The Outlet Village customised by an artist on-site for a special something to mark the occasion.
When: May 2 to May 8
Cultural spotlight at Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Marvel at the traditional festivities taking place across Souk Madinat Jumeirah this Eid break. Enjoy a variety of dining options, dazzling décor and entertainment including oud players and percussionists filling the halls with melodies. Cultural displays such as falconry, carpet weaving, calligraphy, and fisher netting will also inject a touch of local heritage into the festivities.
When: May 2 to 4
Bright vibes at Bay Avenue
Those in the Bay Avenue neighbourhood will find a joyful slice of Eid with opportunities to enjoy the traditional Arabian coffee and dates. Ladies and little ones can adorn themselves with beautiful and intricate henna designs with an expert artist to ring in the special season.
When: First three days of Eid from 12:30-5:30pm
Local traditions at Al Seef
Echoing the UAE’s history and heritage, Al Seef is the ultimate destination to ring in the end of the Holy Month if you’re looking for a cultural touch. Be entranced by the soulful sound of the oud and the dazzling LED-lit skirts of Tanoura dancers as they elevate the ambience of the creek-front escape for three days. The whole family can settle in for some inspiring Eid tales while women and girls get their hands decorated with traditional henna.
When: May 2 to 4 from 5-9:30pm
Music magic at Al Khawaneej Walk
The harmonious atmosphere of the greenhouse-inspired Al Khawaneej Walk will dial up a notch or two when talent oud players grace its halls every hour starting at 5pm throughout the weekend. Whether you’re stocking up on last minute gifts for loved ones or attending a scrumptious family lunch to commemorate the occasion, be sure to scout out the charming destination for some calming melodies.
When: May 2 to 4 from 5-9pm
High spirits at Boxpark
Glistening with picturesque lights and buzzing with joyous energy and delicious feasts, the infectious atmosphere at Boxpark is sure to set your spirits aglow. Plan a holiday dinner at any one of the trendy and tasteful restaurants located at the hip urban destination and walk off your hearty meal exploring Boxpark’s array of original boutiques, bookshops and entertainment experiences.
Family fun at JBR, The Walk
Eid at JBR will bring a spectacle of lively entertainment along the 1.7-km promenade packed with things to see and do. Make the most of good weather and wander around to revel in exciting henna stations, handpan musicians and percussionists as well as immersive children’s activities and board games. With great views of Bluewaters island, make your way down to the destination to catch a glimpse of a mesmerising display of fireworks from the island.
Chique°Latte at Bluewaters is shaping up to be the ultimate family breakfast stop to fuel you up for Eid. From the classic sunny side up eggs to tasty shakshuka, start your morning right with their diverse selection of dishes. Top it all off with a bit of something sweet like their homemade cakes or organic and fair-trade chocolates sourced from around the world.
Hive Food Court
Hive Food Court is the heart of TR88HOUSE at Bluewaters, arguably Dubai’s most eccentric family entertainment destination. With 65,000 square-feet of high-octane entertainment, from bioluminescent laser tag to a trampoline park, there’s no doubt the mega indoor playground has equally ample spots to munch. With over six different restaurants, the food court is perfect place to recharge after an energetic morning of play. The destination offers a range of options as well as their Keto, Calorie watchers, Foodies menu options to satisfy different tastes and diets.