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What Dubai is planning during the Eid holidays

Celebratory fireworks and spectacular entertainment shows will be held in Dubai during Eid Al Fitr

What Dubai is planning during the Eid holidays

Dubai is all set to welcome Eid Al Fitr with a variety of events, activities and promotions catering to the whole family - ranging from celebratory fireworks to spectacular entertainment shows. 

Eid Al Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawal, which follows Ramadan, a period devoted to fasting and spiritual reflection for Muslims.

Sparking off Eid festivities will be pyrotechnic displays in the skies across the city. Residents and visitors can head to one of three locations in Dubai to watch the spectacle.

Beachfront destinations in Dubai including La Mer and Al Seef will see light shows while shoppers at Dubai Festival City Mall can enjoy a first-of-its-kind experience with Dubai’s record-breaking Imagine show taking place in front of a fireworks display.

The free show will occur twice a day on the first two days of Eid Al Fitr at 8pm and 10pm.

Diversity and inclusiveness are key threads that run across events and activities during Eid, a statement said.

Several malls will organise entertainment shows that highlight aspects of popular Arab culture. Running until June 8, Sheibitna, the grandfatherly figure from Arabian mythology, will entertain families at The Dubai Mall with a series of daily storytelling workshops.

Visitors to Ibn Battuta Mall can experience the tale of Aladdin at free-to-attend stage shows that running three times a day from June 6-8. Ibn Battuta Mall will also host daily themed activities at the India Court.

A series of busker style entertainment acts will roam different malls in Dubai, including Dubai Festival City Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, Dragon Mart 2, Ibn Battuta Mall, The Beach, City Walk, Alseef and The Outlet Village.

The Pappy Sheikh of Comedy will return to the stage with a series of African comedians performing on June 7 at the Sheraton Creek Hotel, Deira. On the same day, the celebrated Turkish poet Sunay Akin will take audiences on an immersive journey through Turkish literature at GEMS World Academy.

Canadian comic Russell Peters will return to Dubai this Eid to offer everyone an evening of laughter at the Coca Cola Arena on June 6.

During the holidays, retailers across the city will also pamper customers with eoffers and discounts. On the first two days of Eid Al Fitr, shoppers at any Dubai Shopping Malls Group mall will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win up to AED250,000 when spending over AED200.

Shoppers can stock up on Eid gifts for family and friends at the Ramadan Big Bazaar held at the Dubai World Trade Centre while La Perle tickets will be available at discounted rates and Wild Wadi Waterpark will give thrill-seekers an exclusive summer offer this Eid Al Fitr.

The Dubai Mall will reward shoppers with 2,000 Skyward Miles when they spend AED20,000 at selected stores until June 8, while from June 1-7, Mall of the Emirates will give shoppers the chance to win AED5,000 worth of mall gift cards when they spend AED600 at selected stores. 

For the first three days of Eid Al Fitr, customers who spend AED300 at Al Seef, City Walk, The Beach, Blue Waters, Box Park, La Mer and The Outlet Village will automatically win an Eidiyas Meraas gift card worth AED100 while the first 40 customers at City Centre Mirdif buying a gift card worth AED1,000 will get AED100 off.

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