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Day of the Dead in the UAE: where to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Mexican buffets, parades and costume contests, here's a look at where to celebrate the Mexican holiday

Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is celebrated worldwide. EPA
Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is celebrated worldwide. EPA

The Day of the Dead, also known as Dia De Los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated that honours the deceased. It event usually lasts three days from Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 2. The occasion is for honouring and showing love and respect to deceased family members.

In the UAE, there are a number of events for the weekend. Here's a look at where to celebrate in the UAE:

El Sombrero, Sheraton Abu Dhabi

Head to El Sombrero at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi and enjoy unlimited food and Mexican drinks from Dh199. Enjoy traditional dishes such as fajitas and tacos along with special dishes from Mexican chef Maria Guadalupe Gallegos Carranza. There will also be a Latin band to keep guests dancing all night long.

Saturday, November 2, from 6.30pm-11.30pm; Dh199; Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Corniche, Abu Dhabi; 02 677 3333; irene.vilches@sheratonaabudhabihotel.com

Hemingway’s, Radisson Blu

Visit Hemingway’s at Radisson Blu and attend their Mexican brunch buffet for the day of the dead. The venue will be transformed into a Dia De Los Muertos town. Children under the age of six eat free while children aged six to 12 can also dine for 50 per cent off in the kid’s corner. Guest are also encouraged to don a scary costume to celebrate.

Friday, November 1, 1pm-5pm; from Dh120; Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi; 05 681 1900

Viewz, Crystal hotel

DJ Sugarfed will bring the Latin sounds to the stage at Viewz for a Fiesta Latina Dia De Los Muertos celebration. There will be drink specials for the occasion. Guests are also encouraged to dress to impress with prizes be awarded for scariest costumes.

Thursday, October 31, 8pm-4am; free; Views, Cristal Hotel, Abu Dhabi; 050 615 1064

The Point, Palm Jumeirah

Get dressed up in your best Dia De Los Muertos-inspired outfit and head to The Pointe. There two-day event will feature a weekend of music, dance, colour, art and food. There will also be parades from 5pm onwards as well as a cinema event showing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in the Event Plaza on Saturday, November 2 at 8.30pm.

Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3, from 5pm; free; The Point, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; 04 390 9999; www.thepointe.ae,

La Tablita Dubai

Head to La Tablita Dubai to enjoy a festive celebration for the day of the dead. The night will feature a Mexican buffer with traditional street food including tamales, tacos, zesty ceviche, garnaches and chips and guacamole. The dessert section includes churros con chocolate and tres leches. Pan de muerto, a specially decorated sweet bread, traditionally baked in Mexico for the celebration, will also be served for all to try. There will also be games, face painting and a mariachi singer and DJ.

Thursday, October 31, 7pm-2am; from Dh200; La Tablita, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights; 04 526 0190

Hotel Cartagena

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at Hotel Cartagena by either attending their brunch or dinner. Dress up for a chance to win a complimentary brunch for four. Brunch starts at Dh295 and is from 1.30pm to 4pm while dinner is a la carte and from 7pm until late. Items on the menu include empanadas, tacos and chicharrones.

Friday, November 1, from 1.30pm; various prices; Hotel Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai; 050 119 7743; reservations@hotelcartagena.ae,

Brunch at Zero Gravity

Head to the Day of the Dead brunch at Zero Gravity. There is all-day pool and beach access from 10am and then an unlimited food and beverage brunch from 1pm to 5pm with the Tropic Brunch getting a ghoulish makeover for Dia de los Muertos. The after party will feature a sunset DJ gig by Sam Feldt which is free for ladies and Dh100 for men.

Friday, November 1, 1pm-5pm; from Dh295; Zero Gravity, JBR, Dubai; 04 399 0009; weloveourbeach@0-gravity.ae

Updated: October 30, 2019 05:56 PM

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