It is that time of the year again when Indian expatriates and other UAE residents let their hair down and bring out the colours while dancing away.
This Friday, people across the globe will celebrate the festival of Holi. The picturesque celebration of colour is something everyone can enjoy, and here is where you can do so in Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.
Holi is on Friday worldwide, so there will be no delayed celebration in the UAE, where most events are held on weekends to ensure maximum participation. The bigger the group, the merrier, so here is where to celebrate with family and friends (all events are on Friday, unless stated):
Rush Festival of Colours
Venue: Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Time: 2pm onwards
Tickets: Dh75 per person, couple Dh130, group of four Dh200 from www.platinumlist.net
Features: DJs, dhol players, kids' arena, live cooking stations, colour stall, chaat corners, thandai station
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Venue: Jebel Ali Al Sahra Desert Resort (Near Sevens)
Tickets: Dh80 per person, couple Dh120, family Dh250 (5 people); www.platinumlist.net or 0565093833/4
Features: Headline acts Diljit Sodanjh and Djs Asef, Kips, Praveen Nair; Live performance by Pure Bhangra, dhol performers and Braj Holi; food stalls, kids play area and organic colours
Dubai Parks & Resorts
Venue: Bollywood Park
Tickets: Dh95 each for GCC residents, Dh175 for non-residents, at the venus
Features: Sukhbir (of Oh ho ho, Sauda Khara Khara fame), Jonita Gandhi.
Rang de JLT
Venue: JLT Community Park, behind Cluster Q
Tickets: Dh65 per person, couple Dh115, group of 4 Dh50 each; contact 050 310 4834, 050 270 6016 or 055 101 8531
Features: Headline acts Shefali Zariwala (of Kaanta Laga fame), Jayas Kumar ( Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs) and Dhroon Tickoo plus DJs Nikhil, AJ, Ian Cris Tocle, Kenisha Awasthi and Nodde.
Venue: Wonderland Theme Park
Tickets: Dh55 onwards
Features: Headline acts Raftaar, Bally Sagoo, Pav Dharia, Knox Artiste with DJs Buddha, Manne and Candy G.
Holi Beach Party
Venue: Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Tickets: Dh75 per person, couple Dh130, group of four Dh200 on www.platinumlist.net or contact 056 225 2855
Features: DJs Benson, Sukhi, Varun, Madmax, Aayush, Emwee and Nodde; live performances by Dhruv, Mashup Diaries, Dhun, Md Motivala and Vivek & Tuana
AKS Colour Carnival
Venue: Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City
Tickets: Dh69 per person, couple Dh119, group of four Dh199, group of 10 Dh499 from www.platinumlist.net or contact 052 779 9914
Features: Live performance by Rooh; DJ Beatz, Gautam, Manoj & Carlos; dhol players, food trucks, kids' play area
Biig Beach Holi
Venue: Creek Park beach
Tickets: Dh60 person, couple Dh100, group of four Dh150; contact 054 460 7007, 055 558 8793 or 055 558 5725
Features: Harrdy Sandhu, Jasmine Sandlas, Sukh-E Musical Doctorz; DJs Hani, (RJ) Abhijeet, Scorpio and Karan
Venue: Mamzar Park, Deira
Tickets: Dh25 per person (including park entry); contact 055 806 0019, 055 529 0473, 058 511 0705 or 050 168 4117
Features: DJs AJ, Tash, Simran Ahuja, Jan Scopper; Rangla Punjab dhol
Asha's Bollywood Rang Barse Night
Venue: Asha's, Wafi
Time: 10pm-3am, Thursday
Tickets: Dh99 per person (including two house beverages and canapes); contact 04 324 4100
Features: Resident DJs playing Bollywood hits from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
Venue: Lou'Lou'a Beach Resort, Al Khan
Tickets: Dh30 (children under 4 free); www.facebook.com/inspireeventsandpromotions
Features: DJs, dhol, lucky draw, gift vouchers
Venue: Coral Beach Resort, Sharjah Corniche
Tickets: Dh50 each (children under 10 free) from www.platinumlist.net, UAE Exchange outlets and 800Tickets
Features: Free colours, dhol, DJs
RAS AL KHAIMAH
Water & Colour Beach Party
Venue: Bin Majid Beach Hotel
Tickets: Dh75 per person from www.platinumlist.net or contact 052 479 3150, 052 479 3143, 052 479 3136 or 052 479 3165
Features: DJ, music, rain dance, street-style dishes
IN PICS: These photographs show people before and after Holi celebrations:
Manta Devi, 60, who lives in the Vrindavan ashram for widows, posing for photographs before and after celebrating Holi in Vrindavan. All photos by Chandan Khanna / AFP Photo
Shanti Giri, 60, poses for photographs before and after celebrating Holi in Vrindavan.
Onima, 60, poses for photographs before and after celebrating Holi in Vrindavan.
Meena Sarkar, 70, poses for photographs before and after celebrating Holi in Vrindavan.
Anjali Rajbongshi, 40, poses for photographs before and after celebrating Holi in Vrindavan.
Geeta Shanti Giri, 60, poses for photographs before and after celebrating Holi in Vrindavan. , 84, poses for photographs before and after celebrating Holi in Vrindavan.