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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

Things to do this Diwali in the UAE: from art installations to fireworks 

There are also special dining and discounts to look out for

Fireworks over Dubai Creek. Courtesy Marsa Al Seef
Fireworks over Dubai Creek. Courtesy Marsa Al Seef

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is upon us. The holiday is celebrated by Hindus around the world, and there's a lot happening in the UAE, from concerts to fireworks, here's your guide...

Diwali events

The Jaan-E-Jigar show. Courtesy Bollywood Parks Dubai 
The Jaan-E-Jigar show. Courtesy Bollywood Parks Dubai 

Bollywood Parks Dubai

Head to the theme park and enjoy the joyous festival with live performances by Bollywood singers Shankar Ehsaan Loy on November 9 and Neeraj Shridhar on the 10th. There will also be Bollywood film screenings (Veere Di Wedding on the 9th and Bareilly Ki Barfi on the 10th) at the Rajmahal Theatre. Guests can also enjoy park rides as well as Indian street food and entertainment acts. Even better, the first 100 visitors will get free entry into the park.

Tickets start at Dh99

Floating art installation at The Dubai Mall

The Voyage art installation at The Dubai Mall. Courtesy The Dubai Mall 
The Voyage art installation at The Dubai Mall. Courtesy The Dubai Mall 

Head out to the waterfront promenade and experience the floating art installation Voyage. The 300 illuminated boats create a mix of lights and use water as a canvas for the ever-changing coloured lighting effects. Guests can also connect to the installation's VoyageWi-Fi and interact within the installation by changing the patterns and colours themselves. The installation runs until December 2.

Diwali Market at Al Seef

Head to the Diwali Mela fair, running until November 10, the market will have a Diwali-themed bazaar with cultural performances, and food and decorative items on sale.

Fireworks

Fireworks at Dubai Creek

Celebrate the festival of lights with fireworks over the Dubai Creek. Head to Marsa Al Seef in Dubai on November 8 at 8pm to catch the light show.

Food

Chef Altamash Iqbal. Courtesy Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Chef Altamash Iqbal. Courtesy Ritz-Carlton, DIFC

Diwali menu by Chef Altamash Iqbal at Ritz-Carlton, DIFC

The hotel welcomes Chef Altamash Iqbal to oversee their popular restaurant Cara. The chef has put together a special Diwali menu featuring meals such as Murgh Dum Biryani or a vegetarian Palak ki Shammi dish. Packages start at Dh295. For more information, call +971 4 372 2628 or email events.dubaiifc@ritzcarlton.com

Diwali delicacies at Moombai & Co

Moombai & Co located in H Dubai will celebrate with a special Diwali menu. It will feature items such as Mathri, Chivda and Naan Khatai and starters including Kabuli Channe Ki Tikki and Kadak Seekh Kebab, and for the occasion it will also sell Barfi - a treat that's made of almond powder, rose petals, pistachios and white chocolate - from Nov 5 until 10. The three course menu is priced at Dh220 per person.

Diwali discounts

Talabat will be offering up to 50 per cent off for Diwali. Courtesy Talabat
Talabat will be offering up to 50 per cent off for Diwali. Courtesy Talabat

Talabat discount for Diwali

The food delivery service will be offering discounts of up to 50 per cent off in honour of India Week. Running from November 7 until 14, customers can enjoy discounts from a number of restaurants including: India Palace Restaurant, The Yellow Chili, and Sagar Ratna. To see the list, visit the Talabat website or app.

Gifts

Sprüngli’s Diwali offerings include chocolates. Courtesy Sprüngli
Sprüngli’s Diwali offerings include chocolates. Courtesy Sprüngli

Diwali sweet treats

Celebrate with Swiss heritage chocolatier Confiserie Sprungli’s Diwali Gift Collection. Choose from four different gift sets: Amnol Dibba (which comes with nine truffles and pralines), Sundar Dibba (filled with handcrafted pralines and truffles), the Classic Cube (also with nine pralines and truffles), and the Surprise Bonbonniere (a double-tray gift box filled with a wide variety of 50 hand-crafted chocolates, pralines, and truffles). Boxes range from Dh110 to Dh650.

Diwali treats from Bateel. Courtesy Bateel
Diwali treats from Bateel. Courtesy Bateel

Diwali with Bateel

Bateel also has come up with a collection of special gift boxes for the holiday. Fill up the box with organic dates, chocolates or home-made biscuits. The three designs offered are marigold, purple marigold and ayra, with prices from Dh155 to Dh165.

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