Dubai Extends ‘Biggest Ever’ Eid Celebrations To Two Weeks

green and white leafed plantsMalls will open for 24 hours and a wide spectrum of events will celebrate the religious festival that attracts visitors from all over the world

Dubai has extended this year’s Eid celebrations from last year’s four-day festival into a two-week bonanza of shopping and world-class entertainment.

The annual ‘Eid in Dubai’ festival, which will run between November 18 to December 2, is a major part of Dubai’s efforts to attract more tourists to the region. Visitors pour in from across the Middle East, as well as Europe, India and Africa.

For two weeks, Dubai will hold a wide spectrum of events and celebrations that embody the values of Eid Al Adha. The initiatives reflect the spirit of togetherness among the emirate’s residents. Dubai contains more than 200 different nationalities and they will all be encouraged to join in under the campaign slogan “Eid in Dubai… United in Celebration”.

Festivities are being organised by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) as the city joins millions of Muslims around the world in celebrating this holy time of the year.

Open 24/7

For the duration of the festival, malls across Dubai will open to holidaymakers 24 hours a day. Dubai is world-famous for its vast selection of retail stores. There are 70 malls in all, including the world’s largest, Dubai Mall, which also houses the children’s adventure venue, Kidzania.

Laila Mohd Suhail, DEPE CEO, said: “This year’s celebrations cover a longer period in line with the directions of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed. The events will attract audiences from across the country and the malls will open for 24 hours on Thursdays and Fridays during the celebrations where the participating malls will open on Thursday 10am and close on Saturday evening. More than 60 hours of consecutive shopping,” Suhail added.

Special Deals On Flights

Emirates are offering special deals on flights to visitors to the festival from Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East.

Ibrahim Saleh, Festivals Coordinator-General at the DEPE, said: “On this special occasion, the DEPE is working closely with its partners from the public and private sectors to ensure that Dubai continues its tradition of celebrating holidays and social and spiritual occasions. Eid Al Adha is a prominent event on the Islamic calendar, as it coincides with the conclusion of Haj season and the return of pilgrims to their homes.

“Eid in Dubai nurtures the joy of this occasion through a varied and rich programme which appeals to the tastes of families and individuals of all nationalities. The festivities will help to promote the diversity of the emirate’s social fabric, encourage community interaction and create a peaceful and welcoming environment.”

Good News From Businesses And Property Investors

Many public and private organisations and businesses will participate in the celebrations in their own way, in addition to major attractions, tourist destinations, malls and shopping centres.

The dynamism of Dubai both culturally and economically is a great sign for property investors. Clearly, the emirate has recovered from the global slump and is going places fast. Property developers who are in the luxury sector are especially well-places to do well the recovering market.

Developments like The First Group’s two hotel apartment projects in Tecom, Metro Central and Grand Central, are proving attractive to overseas investors and businesses.

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