The Festival of the Lights brings joy, jubilation and prosperity to the world each autumn. During the festival of Diwali the Goddess Lakshmi, goddess of fertility and prosperity, is honored. Gifts and other good natured exchanges are common, giving honor to a life blessed by the love of the bride of Vishnu. The return of Rama brings with it a celebration of inner light over spiritual darkness, the flowering of knowledge and a triumph over evil.
If you are in Dubai during Diwali, then you are in for a treat. From parties to pop culture festivals, Dubai offers a diverse range of fun-packed events. Tens of thousands of people are getting ready to begin their five-day party. Here is a look at the best of Diwali in Dubai.
1. Be Blown Away by Color at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is hosting one of the most elaborate ten day Diwali celebrations ever seen. Their line-up includes a dazzling laser-light show by ‘Laserman’, this being his first performance in the middle east. While the country’s hottest DJs, intricate Henna painting and mouthwatering cuisine ensure that all needs are satisfied.
Head to Yas Island from October 28th to November 5th. Ferrari World is open from 11 AM to 9 PM weekdays and 11 AM to 10 PM on weekends.
2. The Harlem Globetrotters’ Diwali Exhibition.
There are few exhibitions as amazing as the show put on by basketball’s greatest performers ‘The Harlem Globetrotters’. The Globetrotters are celebrating both their 90th anniversary and Diwali in Dubai this year. Look forward to Big Easy, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law and Lofton. It is a show you can’t miss!
Find the Harlem Globetrotters at the Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Al Garhoud. Bookings can be made online or via telephone on (04) 274 3555.
3. IMG Worlds of Adventure – Year-Round Fun.
IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest indoor theme park in the world, offering thrill-filled adventures through the course of Diwali in Dubai. 3D multimedia is exhibited in all its glory in ‘The Marvel Zone’. It gives 3D experiences, a 400-meter rollercoaster and countless other hair-raising rides. IMG Boulevard supplies spooky shopping and a great ambiance, while the Cartoon Network area is great for younger visitors. Sixty-nine animatronic dinosaurs fill ‘The Lost Valley’ of this mega-park. Experience a Diwali in Dubai like no other and give IMG Worlds of Adventure a try.
In celebration of Diwali, IMG Worlds of Adventure offer a ‘buy one, get one free’ ticket promotion on 29th and 30th October.
4. Take in the Tones of Zemfira.
While her music is a touch far from traditional for Diwali in Dubai, her talent is unmistakable. Russian rocker Zemfira hits Dubai on 2nd November, promising an emotion filled performance with dark but uplifting undertones.
Zemfira is rocking the Events Arena at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel on the 3rd November 2016. The event starts at 8:30 PM, don’t be late!
5. Boney M. Brings Disco to Dubai.
Boney M. has brought her legendary disco group to Dubai during the celebration of Diwali. She has seen a revival in recent years with artists like Lady Gaga reconjuring her disco tracks to fame. Maizie Williams is performing live on the 5th November, giving you the chance to enjoy songs like ‘Daddy Cool’ and ‘Ma Baker’ in person.
The Hard Rock Cafe will be taking a trip back on disco on the 5th November 2016. Admission begins from 7PM and with Boney M. hitting the stage, the place is sure to be packed.
6. Masterful Pianist Dmitry Masleev Live.
Dmitry Masleev is treating audiences to a Diwali in Dubai performance. Masleev’s majesty and grace on the piano won him the unanimous support of the audience, jury and the public during the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015. He went on to take first prize and now is performing on the 5th of November at The Palace. For a rare treat of rhythmic, melodic sonatas packed with spontaneity and style, Dmitiry is a talent to be seen.
Dmitry Masleev performs at The Palace of the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel on 5th November 2016. Doors open at 7PM and bookings are essential.
7. RED – Theatre During Diwali Which You Have to See.
Academy Award nominated playwright John Logan’s spellbinder play ‘RED’ is on stage between 29 October and 12 November. This puts it just in time for Diwali in Dubai, making it a rare and fascinating recreation of a classic masterpiece that theatre lovers must see. See the tale taking place between 1958 and 1960, unfold the details of a conflict between two men and their philosophies on art and life.
Catch this premier theatre performance at thejamjar and The Junction Alserkal from 29th October to 12th November 2016. Doors open at thejamjar from 7:30 PM, while The Junction opens at 6:30 PM.
8. Darren Whackhead Simpson Stands-Up During Diwali in Dubai.
The renowned South African DJ and mischievous stand-up comedian is in Dubai as part of his international comedy tour. There is no better way to lighten the spirits than through humor. For a twist on comedy with no limits that you can’t miss, give Darren a try.
Darren Whackhead Simpson will be verbally assaulting his audience at the Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC. Be there by 6:30 PM and know that no one is safe, but you will be in stitches.
9. Choz Bazaar Delivers Delicious Diwali Dishes.
The award-winning Choz Bazaar restaurant offers one of the most elegant Diwali celebrations seen. Food during Diwali in Dubai is one of the highlights and the Choz Bazaar overdelivers. Choose from a vast array of vegetarian and meat based dishes served from traditional market-style live cooking stations. Enjoy the seasonal cuisine while surrounded by striking backdrops of marigolds, mango leaves and oil lamps.
Indulge in the Choz Bazaar’s irresistible Diwali in Dubai menu from 7 PM to 11 PM for the duration of Diwali.
10. Antique Bazaar Gives Authentic Diwali Cuisine.
The Antique Bazaar at Four points by Sheraton Bur Dubai is both a taste and aesthetic adventure. This first-class restaurant serves a Diwali in Dubai line-up of food including traditional dishes such as Murgh Anarkali Tikka and many vegetarian delicacies. Celebrate Diwali while surrounded by the classic style which this authentic eatery offers.
The Antique Bazaar’s menu is available between the 29th and the 31st of October, so you have to hurry up! You will be hard pressed to find an authentic Diwali in Dubai eatery offering the same level of traditional charm.
11. Junoon at the Shangri-La Hotel – Five Dishes, Unique Flavor.
Junoon gives your five authentic, different style of food, merged into a five-course ensemble which is the perfect meal to celebrate Diwali in Dubai. Food is prepared in a pot, on an open fire, on a hot stone, a griddle and within a clay oven, resulting in a taste sensation that should not be missed by either vegetarians or meat eaters. Their four day Diwali menu began on the 27th of October. Don’t miss it!
Find Junoon of the Shangri-La Hotel in Sheik Zayed Road and take part in their four-day celebration of Diwali in Dubai. The specifically prepared celebratory cuisine is available from the 27th of October to the 31st October.
12. The Eatery’s Divine Diwali Menu.
The Eatery is one of the finest restaurants in Dubai. During the course of Diwali, they are serving a specially prepared festive menu highlighting both bold north and south Indian cuisine. The Eatery is adorned with traditional Diwali decorations and guests are welcomed with a range of top local DJs. A children’s corner is even available giving free face painting.
This all-day dining restaurant offers the spirit of Diwali throughout the festival through their outstanding cuisine and striking decor.