Best way to celebrate your Diwali in Dubai – Explore the places and activities


October 3, 2022

4 min read

Dubai is one of many places that celebrate Diwali, the biggest and most colourful Hindu festival. In October, when Dubai’s weather is delightful, this festival lasts for five days. Dubai has it all, whether you’re looking for a place to visit with lots to do or you want to participate in Diwali-related activities. Even though there are a few minor differences, the Diwali celebrations in the UAE are very similar to those around the world. Some Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs also observe the festival of lights. With “Dhanteras,” which includes a custom to clean every house corner a week prior to the festival, preparations get underway. People begin remodelling their homes, removing clutter, and buying new furniture, electronics, clothes, vehicles, and kitchen appliances. For the next five days, earthen oil lamps are lit in an effort to chase away evil and darkness. “Chhoti Diwali” is another name for the second day. Friends and family exchange gifts and a variety of Indian sweets. The majority of the festivities occur on the third day, also known as “Main Diwali.” To celebrate new beginnings, people dress to impress, host parties, and arrange special events and fireworks displays. Another well-liked way to celebrate Diwali is with decorations like rangolis, an art form made of coloured sand, flowers, or other materials. The fourth day is mainly ceremonial, with many events to mark the end of the harvest season.

Activities to kick start your Diwali celebrations:

Dhanteras, the first day of Diwali, is a day when people traditionally shop for gold and other precious metals. To take part, go to the Dubai Gold Souk on Khalid Bin Waleed Road. In the heart of Dubai’s business district, the souk is home to more than 300 jewelers, including well-known names like ARY Jewellery, Damas, Pure Gold, and many regional vendors. Even if you don’t intend to shop, spending the afternoon admiring the gorgeous window displays of gold jewelry is fun.

There are many other locations available to host Diwali visitors and those looking to add to their jewelry collections; you don’t have to go to the souk to buy gold. Dubai will be hosting bazaars and consumer sales throughout the celebratory season of Diwali. Numerous jewelry stores, including those selling priceless items, can be found at the Dubai Mall on Financial Centre Road and at the Mall of the Emirates on Sheikh Zayed Road. Visit the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre on Airport Road for some traditional Indian vegetarian fare and specialty dishes, like the Chicken Reshmi Kabab, for a unique Diwali culinary experience. Additionally, the Khana Khazana on 15th Street in Bur Dubai offers some fantastic Diwali sweets. The Clay Pot on Kuwait Road offers a North Indian buffet. Without dining at the well-known Antique Bazaar at the Four Points by Sheraton on Khalid Bin Walid Street in Bur Dubai, no trip to Dubai for Diwali is complete.

Where to Experience Diwali in Dubai like India:

Diwali Mela at Al Seef is where you should go if you want to experience Diwali in Dubai the same way it is celebrated in India. Everything is available here in one location. A Diya lighting ceremony illuminates the entire area, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. A Diwali Mela is also organized, with a number of stalls selling and displaying handmade diyas, ornaments, lovely jewelry, and traditional clothing. You can create vibrant rangolis and get henna designs applied to your hands. Al Seef also has various Bollywood shows and concerts with lots of music and dancing.

Places to Visit in Dubai during Diwali:

  • Al Mankool: Al Mankhool is in the heart of Bur Dubai. It is one of the most sought-after residential areas in the emirate. While this sub-community is largely residential, some commercial and financial facilities like banks and hotels are also there. There are many expats in this area of Dubai. One can witness a stunning display of illuminated streets during the annual Diwali festival.
  • Bur Dubai: A well-known Souq area for Diwali fireworks displays and shopping. The Dubai Mall, Wafi Mall, Deira City Centre, Mall of Emirates, and Al Seef’s Diwali Mela are some additional locations well known for Diwali shopping in Dubai. The vibrant Meena Bazaar area – Dubai’s Little India – where ethnic eateries offer superb spice-laden curries.
  • Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, puts on a spectacular light and sound show to convey a heartfelt Diwali message to the audience. Burj Khalifa honors the city with its extraordinary union of art, engineering, and meticulous craftsmanship.
  • Dubai Creek: For a spectacular fireworks display, thousands of people come here with their friends and family. In addition, this is the only location where fireworks are permitted during Diwali. Plus Dubai Creek is perfect for walking along. It’s a fairly straightforward path filled with souks, shops, and restaurants as pit stops make it a no-brainer for those evening-time walks.
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai:  For Bollywood buffs and filmi keedas, this theme park is a dream come true. It’s got glamorous shows, spectacular performances, and adventurous rides This location broadcasts a variety of shows, well-known Bollywood films, as well as live performances by favorite artists.
  • The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah: You can witness a variety of impressive fireworks displays at The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah.  More than 80 restaurants, stores, and attractions, including dining, retail, and entertainment venues, can be found at The Pointe, a picturesque, tranquil arena.   
  • Dhow Cruise Dubai: You can spend your Diwali night on a Dhow cruise with delicious food and witness the stunning view of the illuminated city. Regarding Diwali, there will be special dinner delicacies and shows arranged. The whole cruise will be lit up to celebrate the spirit of the festival of lights.
  • You can spend some time in the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world. There are many Indian restaurants and delicacies plus you can have a shopping spree.
  • Global village Dubai: This Diwali, get together with family and friends for special festivities at Global Village. In keeping with the upbeat atmosphere of this joyous time, the India Pavilion will light up with plenty of additional attractions and showcase new entertainment for all ages from 25-28 October. Global Village Dubai is a must-visit, as you can participate in an enormous celebration of the beautiful diversity of the world over here. It is the world’s largest shopping, tourism, and leisure destination.
  • The Palm Fountains: The fountain dances to popular songs from around the world, captivating tourists with breathtaking performances every day from sunset to midnight.  As Diwali is the festival of colors it will be mesmerizing to watch the fountain show as the impressive fountains shoot up to 105 meters high and are choreographed along with over 3,000 LED lights of different colors. Spanning across the boulevard of The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Fountain is officially the world’s largest fountain.

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