As one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha is a time of spiritual commemoration. But the holiday also brings awareness to family values and the importance of spending time with loved ones.
Thankfully, there is no shortage of family-friendly Eid events in the UAE. From fireworks to shopping events, our curated guide to this year’s best experiences will help you make new memories during your eight-day vacation.
1. Dubai Summer Surprises
The much-anticipated Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS 2023) coincides with Eid al-Adha this year, so there will be events and deals happening across the emirate. Performers Hussain Al Jassmi, Kadim Al Sahir and Mohammad Abdo will bring their music to Coca-Cola Stadium during DSS opening weekend.
But there are shopping specials, exciting competitions and daily surprises all over the city. From The Dubai Mall to Neighborhood Malls, special Eid sales are running until 9 July at malls across Dubai, with retailers offering up to 75% off regular prices and buy one get one free. To take advantage of the extended opening hours, also keep an eye out for the ‘City of Gold’ promotion, which includes a raffle worth AED 100,000, free coins from the exclusive Eid collection and up to 75% off diamond and pearl jewelry Dubai Jewelery Group 150 points of sale.
In addition, the Eid al Adha raffle offers the chance to win AED 200,000 when you spend AED 200 or more at participating malls. Finally, there are many opportunities to meet Modesh.
2. Dubai Parks and Resorts
As the clock strikes 9pm for five nights starting July 1, the skies over Dubai Parks and Resorts will be awe-inspiring with fireworks. Go early to catch the famous Dino Mania parade at Riverland Dubai at 8pm, then end the night with a snack. Viva Ristorante’s summer family offer is just AED 149, and children with annual pass holders eat for free at Al Mashowa.
3. Al Seef
Blending tradition with modernity, the massive Eid Market in Al Seef, Dubai Creek is ideal for families looking for a delightful experience. As well as a wide variety of dining options, this vibrant souk has a lot to offer, from handcrafted Eid gifts to dhow cruises to family selfies at the Al Seef Museum of Illusions.
4. Madinat Jumeirah Souk
ancient city Jumeirah gives you the chance to immerse yourself in a true Arabian wonderland whenever you want, but there’s even more to see at the Souks of the Old City during Eid al-Adha. As well as an array of traditional delicacies and lively local crafts, there will be street performances around every corner, from traditional falconry to the clanging tunes of bagpipes, drummers and handpan players.
5. Dubai Festival City
Festival Bay will host a fireworks display on June 29th at 9pm.You can also visit the brand new Vox Cinema multiplex at Dubai Festival City Mall and stay for a viewing to imagine The Show, a record-breaking immersive laser, light and water event. The mall will also be filled with vibrant roaming entertainment throughout the day over the Hari Raya weekend.
6. Abu Dhabi Summer Shopping Season
As part of the 2023 Abu Dhabi summer shopping season, some 25 malls in the capital will offer enhanced shopping experiences and offers, especially during Eid al-Adha.In addition to deals with more than 3,500 brands, there will be fashion partnerships and specially curated events with the following magazines Grazia and Middle Eastern Esquire Get the latest insights on fashion, beauty, styling and more.
7. Yas Mall
Get your fill of culture this Eid al-Adha at Yas Mall. Traditional Ayallah and Harbeyah folk dances are performed three times a day, offering a new way to learn about Emirati society. Afterwards, head to the town square for live agarwood music, henna art, and arts and crafts classes for kids, before heading to Yas Bay for fireworks.
8. Makeni Al Ain Shopping Center
In the next few weeks, it’s worth making a special trip to the Makani Al-Ain Mall. Beginning during Eid al-Fitr and running until July 16, there are six world-class street theater performances every Saturday and Sunday, featuring everything from vaudeville to clown comedy.
9. Almalia Island Gallery
Level 3 of the Galleria shopping center will be transformed into an Eid play area where children can engage in activities such as face painting and life-size board games such as Jenga and Snakes and Ladders. Show a receipt of at least AED 200 from any mall shop for free entry to the play area. There are also interactive exhibits, finding valuable Eid prizes and more.
10. Deerfield Mall
This year’s Eid al-Adha, an Arabic-themed puppet show will teach valuable life lessons about friendship, mutual understanding and love for the country. Head to the Deerfields Mall to meet Grandpa Hakim, the smart llama, his grandson Hammadi and his animal friends. Starting from June 27th, stores in the mall will also offer substantial discounts, and the mascots Reem and Rashid will randomly distribute Eidiya to a few lucky customers.
11. Al Naim Shopping Center
Head to Ras Al Khaimah for kayaking, or opt for quieter activities like traditional henna painting, balloon bending, face painting and making your own playdough this Eid. Additionally, a large sweepstakes throughout the summer offers the chance to win a Geely Kurui 2024 cruise control vehicle.
12. Eid al-Adha mega sale fair
There are only 10 days left in Sharjah’s annual home shopping event. The event at the Sharjah Exhibition Center offers discounts of up to 80% on leading brands until 2 July.
(Reporting by Karim Mansour; Editing by Saban Scalia)