As Eid al Adha draws near, Dubai is preparing for eight days of spectacular citywide celebrations. Organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), everyone in the emirate and beyond is invited to celebrate Eid in Dubai from 28 June to 6 July, with awe-inspiring live entertainment, spectacular firework displays, unmissable mall activations, tempting retail offers, life-changing raffles and prizes, and even a family outing to Modesh World. And with Eid Al Adha celebrations coinciding with the opening weekend of Dubai Summer Surprises, there’s never been a more exciting start to summer in the city.
MUSIC AND SHOWS
Dubai is in for a spectacular Eid weekend of incredible musical performances. The hottest ticket in town is a one-night-only performance of Hussain Al Jassmi and Kadim Al Sahir, two of the Arab world’s most popular singers, live at the Coca-Cola Arena on 2 July. The show starts at 9pm, with tickets available at dubai.platinumlist.net.
On the following evening at the same venue, again for one night only, Dubai will welcome the legendary performer and Saudi icon Mohamed Abdo. The ‘Artist of the Arabs’ will take to the stage at the Coca-Cola Arena for a spectacular Eid show on July 1, beginning at 8pm. Tickets are available, while they last, at dubai.platinumlist.net.
Fans of comedy won’t want to miss out on UK headline comedians Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe at Dubai Opera on 3 July for a live performance of their popular Parenting Hell podcast. The pair discuss the highs and lows of parenting, with tickets available from dubaiopera.com.
The family favourite Dubai Parks and Resorts is the place to go for celebratory pyrotechnics over Eid Al Adha, with five nights of spectacular fireworks shows, every evening at 9pm from 27 June through to 1 July.
Or head down to Dubai Festival City to catch fireworks lighting up the skies on the second day of Eid Al Adha at 9pm on 29 June. The record-breaking, immersive, ever-changing laser and light show, Imagine will also take place daily after sunset starting from 28 June.
The city’s malls come alive over Eid Al Adha, with plenty of family focused entertainment to enjoy. Mercato Mall is hosting its Circus Fiesta daily from 28 June to 9 July, with shows and family-friendly activities for all. And for every AED 200 spent, there’s the chance to enter into a special prize draw to win a Cadillac Escalade worth AED 491,000.
Superhero fans should head down to Nakheel Mall for a chance to meet Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash from the Justice League, every day from 2pm to 10pm from 29 June right the way through until 29 July.
While at Ibn Battuta Mall, in India Court and Egypt Court, there’s a treat in store for Batman fans, with the Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight experience, delivering interactive and virtual reality experiences, workshops, meet-and-greets and more, from 29 June to 29 July, daily from 2pm until 10pm.
Dubai’s malls are also the perfect place to catch a traditional Emirati band, with performances from 4pm onwards at City Centre Mirdif, City Walk, Dubai Festival City and Ibn Battuta Mall on the first and second days of Eid, and Deira City Centre, Nakheel Mall, Circle Mall and The Outlet Village and Festival Plaza Mall on the second and third days of Eid.
Be part of the thrilling celebrations at the opening weekend of Dubai Summer Surprises on June 29 and 30, taking place at Ibn Battuta Mall and City Centre Mirdif. Immerse yourself in a diverse range of live entertainment, delightful dance performances and brilliant musicians, every day from 4pm to 10pm. Watch an extraordinary dance showcase by Urban Crew renowned performers from America's Got Talent and prepare to be spellbound by the magical skills of Magical Most. Groove to the fantastic set played by DJ Michelle, the youngest DJ in Dubai and enjoy the melodies of the up-and-coming Emirati singer Not So Human. Finally, the well-loved artists Aziz Maraki and Conor Maynard will grace the stage with their epic performances.
Eid is also the ideal time to make the most of a host of deals and special offers in malls across the city, with stores promoting amazing deals from 29 June to 9 July. Everything from clothing, footwear and accessories, to fragrances, home décor and electronics will be available with as much as 75 per cent off usual prices.
Make a purchase using a Visa credit or debit card from 28 June to 5 July, linked to the Skywards Everyday app, and there’s the chance to earn extra Emirates Skywards points too. Earn five miles for every AED 3 spent at participating partners on shopping, dining, beauty and wellness, or five miles for every AED 5 spent on groceries and pharmacy products.
And there's now another reason to shop for jewellery during Eid Al Adha, with the Glittering City of Gold promotion. Dubai Jewellery Group’s 150 outlets will be offering as much as 75 per cent off diamond and pearl pieces, and 50 per cent off gold, with exclusive items for Eid that include a free gold coin. Shoppers will also be entered into a raffle for every AED 1,000 spent, with prizes worth up to AED 100,000 to be won.
Staycations have never looked more attractive with some unbeatable hotel deals to enjoy over Eid Al Adha. The Hatta Fort Hotel, Ocean View Hotel and JA The Resort are each offering up to 40 per cent off room rates, with up to AED 200 credit back, and what’s more, kids go free.
Or try The Address Boulevard Dubai, The Address Dubai Marina, The Address Dubai Mall and Vida Downtown Dubai, where a maximum of two children aged up to 12 can share a room with their parents at no extra charge, eat for free on the same meal plan as the adults, and enjoy free access to the kids’ club.
And at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai, children can stay and eat free not just over the Eid holiday, but all summer long, until September 30, when booking on the same meal plan as the parents - check the website to find out more.
This Eid Al Adha also brings with it chances to win life-changing prizes. One lucky winner will take home AED 500,000 in cash – just by spending AED 10 on the Idealz app or at the Idealz.com website. Stay turned for a live draw on the first day of Eid to announce the winner.
And Dubai Shopping Malls Group is holding its Eid Al Adha raffle. Spend AED 200 at one of the 18 participating community malls (see Dubaimallsgroup.com for full list) to receive a digital raffle ticket, with a chance to win cash prizes up to AED 200,000. There are 22 winners in total, with draws taking place on 28,29 and 30 June.
Indulge in a delightful culinary experience this Eid Al Adha with a wide selection of promotions available at over 20 restaurants. These renowned dining establishments offer mouth-watering meals, accompanied by unmissable deals. Among the featured restaurants are popular gastronomic destinations like BOCA, Reform Social & Grill, 21 Grams, Folly, Bistro Des Arts, Mohalla, 11 Woodfire, Mezzerie, Bombay Brasserie, Ce La Vi, Clay, Kinara by Vikas Khanna, Vietnamese Foodies, Blu Matcha, Asian Wok, Maison De Curry, Aamara, Carnival by Tresind, 53 Restaurant & Lounge, The Crossing, Sfumato, Vaga, Soon, Ewaan, Thiptara, Al Bayt, Asado and Yalumba.
DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS
This fan-favourite Dubai theme park has added extra entertainment for Eid Al Adha. When visiting Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Resort Dubai or Neon Galaxy from 27 June through to 1 July, enjoy the daily Dino Parade at 8pm, as well as the must-experience fireworks spectacular at 9pm. There are dining offers at Riverland Dubai too, with the AED 149 Summer Family Deal at Viva Ristorante, and kids eating free at Al Mashowa Restaurant for all Annual Pass holders.
Get into the celebratory spirit with a visit to Modhesh World, open during Eid Al Adha. Located at the Dubai World Trade Centre, this beloved indoor attraction is home to Dubai’s favourite characters, Modesh and his friend Dana, and is themed around the seasons of the year, with new attractions for 2023.
Look out for Modesh and Dana around the city too, with Eid Al Adha lighting featuring the characters on Al Mustaqbeel Bridge, and the characters popping up at other destinations across Dubai.