What is Eid?
During the year, there are two Eid holidays: Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.
Eid al-Fitr, which translates to "the feast of breaking the fast," is a significant event in the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims all over the globe. This holiday signifies the conclusion of the month of Ramadan and the beginning of the month of Shawwal (the tenth month in the Islamic lunar calendar).
It is believed that Eid al-Adha, which takes place later in the year after the Hajj, which is the yearly Islamic pilgrimage, is the "Greater Eid" of the two celebrations. Beginning on the tenth day of Dhu al Hijjah, it continues for a total of four days (the 12th and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar).
When is Eid in Dubai?
As the dates of Eid UAE are determined by the phases of the moon, the dates of the holiday on the Gregorian calendar move about from year to year. In the year 2023, it is anticipated that Eid al-Fitr will take place on Friday, 21 April, and that the first day of Eid al-Adha would take place on Wednesday, 28 June.
What Activities Are Available During Eid In Dubai?
Morning prayers are often said at home or in a mosque in the neighborhood by families before the start of each day. After this, there is a feast at midday with loved ones, and then there is an opportunity to reflect on the preceding month of Ramadan in Dubai. Around this time of year, it is also traditional for families to give presents to one another as well as make charitable contributions to others who are less fortunate.
Why Spend Eid In Dubai?
Most Muslims opt to spend much of the first day of Eid at home or at the house of relatives. Throughout the following two days, Dubai comes alive as the city's citizens and visiting visitors – both Muslim and non-Muslim – go out and celebrate. Exciting events, traditional dance performances, live music, and unique shows may be found taking place in all of the city's most prominent public spaces around the city during this time.
The following are some ideas that might help you make the most of your time in Dubai during Eid:
Sample Traditional Food
The celebration of Eid isn't complete without getting together with family and friends to break bread. One of the most famous cuisines in the United Arab Emirates is called ouzi, and it consists of luscious slow-cooked lamb or goat that is blended with rice and topped with fried pine nuts. Another popular dish is called chicken machboos (chicken thighs cooked in tomatoes, onions, and herbs, served with basmati rice). Luqaimat, sweet, donut-style dough balls coated in honey, is also a widespread (and wonderful) addition to the Eid festival. At the Al Fanar Restaurant, you may take pleasure in all of this and more over an unforgettable Emirati meal.
Experience Family Entertainment
The holiday of Eid in Dubai is accompanied by a tremendous lot of commotion and excitement. Throughout the Eid weekend, the emirate's biggest stores and entertainment places regularly put on magnificent exhibitions inviting visitors and locals alike. Check out the Great Dubai Calendar to get an idea of what else is going on this year in addition to the unique events and concerts geared towards families that are already scheduled. We also highly suggest that you take your family to IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts, which are two of the best theme parks that Dubai has to offer.
Discover Great Bargains
The giving of presents is an essential component of the Eid holiday, and in the days leading up to the celebration, several malls and shops in the city will be holding flash sales and other types of deals. The majority of Dubai's shopping malls get into the Christmas mood by offering seasonal collections by local designers in addition to holiday discounts at department stores and well-known brands' merchandise. It is customary for sales to be advertised at the very last minute, so keep your eyes fixed on the websites of the malls to get further information.
Learn About Local Culture
Learn more about the religion and traditions associated with Eid from the knowledgeable staff at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This will help you get into the spirit of the holiday. They provide monthly visits to the stunning Jumeirah Mosque, which is one of the few Islamic places of worship that welcomes tourists who do not practice Islam. You will be escorted through the history and legacy of Islam, from the architecture to the beliefs, by the educated guide, who will also answer any questions you may have.