How & Why is Eid in Dubai Celebrated?
The first Eid is the Eid Al-Fitr, which is observed marking the end of the month of Ramzan. It is believed that the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammed in this month.
The second and the greater Eid, Eid Al-Adha is celebrated to honour Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in submission to God's command.
Why Spend Eid in Dubai?Simply because the city comes alive at this particular time of the year. Especially after the first day when the residents of Dubai take to the streets to celebrate. To accommodate this, hotels, restaurants, attractions and authorities all over the city prep themselves. The city shines, and so does its residents. They bask in everything their city has to offer. Cinemas are jampacked, reservations of all kinds need to be taken well in advance, and flight tickets are sold out. It's a beautiful time of joy and vigour; no stone is left unhappy. You want to witness this, trust us.
The Excellent FoodThe food culture primarily applies to the smaller eid, 'Eid-al-Fitr' since it marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Therefore naturally, most of the celebrations revolve around eating, and they usually last for more than two days. During this period, the sharing of food is the main focus of family celebrations.
Here is a list of speciality dishes served during Eid in Dubai:
- Ouzi: It is a local speciality of the United Arab Emirates prepared by slow-cooking succulent lamb or goat before mixing it with rice and topping it with fried pine nuts. It's one of the signature dishes of the festival.
- Chicken machboos is another dish named that's prepared by cooking chicken thighs in tomatoes, onions and herbs. It is usually served with basmati rice.
- Luqaimat, a dessert dish is made by dipping doughnut-style balls of dough in honey. Its utterly delicious and the recipe is ideally suited to the occasion.
Festivities During Eid in DubaiThe time of Eid is a stark contrast to the month of Ramadan. Eid is a time of celebrations for the city of Dubai where entertainment goes full swing all over the city. The city's biggest malls and entertainment spots put up spectacular shows which can be enjoyed by both tourists and residents alike. There are also numerous roaming shows, music concerts, individual performances and a lot more on offer. In addition to all this, all amusement parks within Dubai and across the country have some of the other offers as part of Eid celebrations.
Eid Shopping in DubaiThe boutiques, department stores and retail outlets recognise and acknowledge the gifting culture prevalent during Eid. As such, there are some excellent offers to be exploited. From sales at big-name brands to discounts at department stores and supermarkets. Eid is the time to shop. Eid deals are usually announced at the very last minute. If you're in Dubai, stay on top of all the websites, especially those of malls. Some of them have a few incredible deals.
Eid in Dubai is unlike an Eid experience in any other part of the world and rightly so. No one does it better than the Arabs, and you might as well go and confirm that for yourself. The entire city, the country and even the region rises its spirit for the festival of Eid. It's ungodly and immense. A truly remarkable act of celebration that you must, in every right witness to believe.