Diwali is all about glistening lights, yummy delicacies and fun & frolic with family and friends. And for some people it is vacation time. Dubai gives you the best of both worlds by making your holiday festive. Get ready to make the most of non-stop festival fun, live entertainment and special deals as you celebrate a glittering Diwali in Dubai. From star-studded concerts, spectacular shows, sparkling gold and jewellery promotions to ways to winning big prizes, there is something for everyone.
What’s special in Dubai this year?
Dubai Festival City Mall will host the first and largest Diwali celebration with the launch of its fourth record-breaking IMAGINE show, ‘Hathi’s Garden’ on Thursday, 24 October. This will include a huge fireworks display and Bollywood dance shows free for the public.
From 18 October until 27 October, visitors to The Pointe can enjoy a Surprise Box Dance show with dancers and a flash mob performance, fireworks display on 26 October, Indian-inspired dishes across restaurants and 25 per cent off at select stores. Al Seef will be hosting a one-of-a-kind Diwali fair, “Diwali Mela”, offering an array of activities to delight visitors from 24 to 28 October. Ibn Battuta Mall will welcome shoppers to enjoy live entertainment, exclusive retailer offers, a bespoke photo set-up and giveaways across the mall. At City Centre Deira, visitors can be a part of the festivities and get guaranteed cash back upon shopping, as well as have the chance to win AED 25,000 every week when making purchases of AED 250, until 31 October.
Families from Dubai and around the world can also come together to celebrate the festival of lights at Global Village, which kicks off an illustrious 24th season starting 29 October. The Indian Pavilion will offer more than 240 stalls including India’s best handicrafts, artefacts and cuisines.
La Perle by Dragone will be giving a special upgrade on tickets booked for between October 17 and November 2. The exclusive package will allow spectators to discover a one-of-a-kind artistic live show and enjoy an unforgettable experience with Gold – the best seats in the auditorium. On 18 October at Zabeel Park Amphitheatre, there will be 15 to 20 stalls showcasing food, cosmetics, accessories, clothes and more. In addition to this, there will be cultural perfomances including live singing, dancing and fashion shows for kids.
Dubai Duty Free will ensure a sparkling Diwali, with 20 per cent off on a wide range of products including confectionery, perfumes, cosmetics, sunglasses, watches, jewellery and fashion, for all passengers travelling on 17 and 18 October. Between 17 and 31 October, a special Diwali Gold Offer will entitle passengers to buy selected gold products for AED 8,000 and receive a AED 5 discount per gram.
Dubai Shopping Malls Group’s “Shop & Win” is a city-wide promotion giving people the chance to win big prizes this Diwali! For every AED 200 spent between 18 October and 2 November at participating DSMG malls, customers will be entitled to receive one raffle coupon to enter the draw to win prizes totalling a half kilogram of gold. With 28 winners expected, the raffle will be drawn on the last day of the promotion, 2 November 2019.
Unveiling these Diwali events at a press conference hosted by the Consulate General of India in Dubai in collaboration with Dubai Festival City, the Consul General of India, Sh Vipul said “I am very happy that with the support of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, Diwali will be celebrated in a number of locations across Dubai this year. Cultural programmes, fireworks shows, lighting arrangements and food festivals will bring the city alive to the festive fervor of Diwali. Diwali is the biggest festival of India and the Indian community is always thankful to the leadership of UAE for being able to celebrate it in a grand manner in Dubai and other cities. This is in the best tradition of historical and friendly relations between our two countries.”
Commenting on the retail promotions that will be run during Diwali, Mohammed Feras Arayqat, Director, Retail Registrations, Retail and Strategic Alliances, DFRE, said “As a part of Dubai’s year-round Retail Calendar, Diwali truly symbolises the city’s cosmopolitan and multicultural environment. The various promotions linked to the festivities have been designed with the aim of rewarding residents and visitors and will further enhance Dubai’s reputation as a leading tourism destination offering unique shopping experiences.”
So book your tickets and head for a fun-filled family Diwali holiday to Dubai this year!