This Eid, the UAE is set to host a feast of celebrations with concerts, fireworks and children’s entertainment. We take a look at some of the key events.
A guide to Eid festivities in the UAE
Who: Hussein Al Jasmi, Rabeh Sawer and Yara
Where: du Forum
Thanks to SummerFest, run by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the hot months in the capital haven’t been a total drag. The festival has already seen the likes of the British group Stomp and the funnymen Maz Jobrani and Aron Kader perform in the capital. For Eid, however, the festival is bringing some of the biggest and best talent from the world of Arab music, with the UAE pop star Hussain Al Jassmi leading a triple bill alongside the Saudi crooner Rabeh Sawer and the Lebanese songstress Yara. Tickets start at Dh200 and are available at www.summerfestabudhabi.ae Doors open at 8pm.
What: Ramadan and Eid Festival
Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
When: until Saturday at midnight
This festival has something of the air of a bazaar, with international retailers selling all sorts of items from fine furniture to art, books and speciality spices and teas. It’s in its last few days so it’s a good chance to snap up some great last-minute bargains. For details, visit www.adnec.ae.
Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
When: until Monday
Eid celebrations are really all about the kids. Adnec is the place to go for children’s entertainment, with four halls packed with activities including a Lego Zone, children’s rides, arts and crafts and a three-storey obstacle course. Plenty of food and drink stalls will be available for families. Visit wwww.summerfestabudhabi.ae.
What: Eid celebrations at Ferrari World
When: until August 18
The mammoth Yas Island venue has more to offer than racing thrills. The world’s largest indoor theme park will host a series of eye-popping events including performances by the Saudi illusionist crew and Arabs’ Got Talent’s Khawater Al Dalam. Other shows will see the 2012 America’s Got Talent finalists the Lightwire Theatre bringing their Light Racers performance to the UAE. Hip-hop beats will be supplied by the local group Urban Grunge. Visit www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com.
What: Eid concerts featuring Hussain Al Jassmi, Ahlam, Nancy Ajram and Mohammed Abdu
Where: The Dubai World Trade Centre
The Dubai World Trade Centre will once again be the hub of musical Eid celebrations, with four back-to-back nightly concerts. Kicking off tomorrow is the Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassmi, who is set to have a busy Eid with his Dubai performance a night before his Abu Dhabi show (see above). Saturday night will find the Emirati superstar Ahlam headlining, with support from the Iraqi singer Walid Al Shami. Sunday night will find the Lebanese star Nancy Ajram taking the stage alongside the Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer. The concert series will come to a close on Monday with the Gulf music legend Mohammed Abdu. Tickets start at Dh150. For details, call 04 457 3212.
Those looking for a break from delicious Eid sweets should check out some of the country’s leading restaurants and hotels for a selection of Eid-exclusive menus and buffets.
Hakkasan Abu Dhabi (02 690 7999) is launching its Eid menu from tonight until August 16 with a special four-course meal including lobster, dim sum, silver cod and hot chocolate fondant.
The Yas Viceroy (02 656 0000) on Yas Island is holding its Eid buffet on Friday in its in-house restaurant Origins. A special play area has been created for children.
in Dubai’s Melia Hotel, the Indian gourmet eatery Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor (04 386 8111) is hosting its own Eid brunch on the first day of Eid, complete with live cooking stations serving Indian and local Arabian favourites.
From the first day of Eid, two Dubai venues will hold three nights of firework spectaculars. Organised as part of the Summer is Dubai campaign, Dubai Creek – along Al Seef Street – will host fireworks displays at 9.30pm. Dubai Festival City will join the party with its own fireworks at 10pm.
More for the kids
Kids will be squealing in delight with the arrival of four popular cartoon characters for a series of shows in Dubai. Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends will take the Dubai World Trade Centre stage from tomorrow until August 21. Dora the Explorer will bring her daring adventures to Dubai Festival City Mall from next Thursday until August 21. Ben 10 can be spotted at Mirdif City from August 22 to 28, while Hello Kitty should pack in the kids with performances at BurJuman from August 29 to September 4.