Updated: Diwali – Where to go and what to do

One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. We want to help make sure you are in the know about where to go for the best of Diwali in Dubai this year. 



Tastes with a twist 

What could be better than some of the tastiest Diwali food in Dubai being served up in Farzi Café – the award-winning bistro founded by Masterchef Judge, Zorawar Kalra? Free food from Farzi, that’s what! The modern spice bistro is marking Diwali with a host of complimentary Indian treats as part of the festivities. The Farzi Café Diwali menu offers a twist on traditional dishes such as the butter chicken bun, an alternative take on the classic butter chicken with a chilli mayo layered steamed bao and is a must-try, followed by Dal Chawal Arancini which comes with countryside lentil risotto balls, pickled mayo and poppadom rolls. Yum!

Dubai City Walk, Saturday to Wednesday, 11 am-11 pm, Thursday to Friday, 11 am to 12:30 am. Farzicafe.ae

Tradition takes over

For a cultural experience like no over you can count on the Arabian Courtyard. This Diwali, Mumtaz restaurant at the hotel in the ancient cultural district of Dubai is offering an assortment of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine Ghost Khada Masala, Jinga kali mirch, Miloni Tarkari and more. While your dish at Mumtaz may runeth over during Diwali, you can also get into the spirit with non-stop entertainment including sitar players, traditional dancers and singers.  

Bur Dubai. The Diwali – Festival of Light Food lunch promotion runs until 31st October, 12pm to 3pm and dinner from 06:30pm to 2am. For reservations: 050 552 7139

Favourite flavours

If you are after a gourmet take on Diwali dishes then consider Lemon Pepper Restaurant at Millennium Central Downtown which is serving up a selection of tasty appetisers such as murgh tikka, mutton seekh kebab, tandoori chicken and mains including Tandoori Phul, Tandoori Moti, Amritsari baby corn, Harra Bhara Kebab. 

AED 79. Sunday, 27th October 2019 from 07:30pm For reservations call 04 450 2068 or email lemonpepper.dubai@millenniumhotels.com

Deluxe festival of lights

If you really want to push the boat out and celebrate in style Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa’s Masala is turning their entire courtyard into a Diwali village with a buffet full of lots of delectable dishes to choose fro including karaji, kheer, burfi and gulab jamun plenty of bright and festive decor and a live band playing every night. 

7pm, 23rd October until 2nd November, AED 190 for adults, AED 95 for kids aged six-12 and under-sixes free. Call 04 809 6100 




Let’s go to the mall

Burjuman Mall is going all out for Diwali with an explosion of colours, culture and events. Try your hand at candle, tiara and diya decoration, henna painting and much more in the atrium, while Indian dancers will perform twice daily at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm between the 24th to 27th October. Plus, fashionistas take note as Fabindia and renowned fashion designer, Ritu Kumar present their take on Diwali styles.   


Imagine all the people… with glowsticks! 

Dubai Festival City Mall will host the largest Diwali celebration with the launch of the IMAGINE show, ‘Hathi’s Garden’ on 24th October including a massive firework display and Bollywood dance shows at 8pm. The first 5,000 guests will receive free LED wristbands to get involved in the spectacle. There’s also going to be an Elephant Parade exhibition with 50 life-size sculptures to raise awareness for elephant conservation. 


On Pointe

Remember when flash mobs were secret? If you want to enjoy the Surprise Box Dance show with dancers and a flash mob performance, plus fireworks, then head to The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah on 26th October. Also, all of the restaurants will be offering up Indian-inspired dishes with 25 percent off at select stores as well as 20 percent off Careem rides there. 


Going Global 

 Long-term Dubai residents will be well-versed with Diwali trips to Global Village – the perfect destination for all things festive – which is entering its 24th season on 29th October. The Indian Pavilion packs more than 240 stalls where you can pick up the best Diwali presents including handicrafts, fashion and artefacts as well tuck into some genuine Indian cuisine. 




Head to the hills

You could celebrate and enjoy the festival in the city or near home, but why not head to the hills and celebrate in Dubai’s only mountain resort JA Hatta Fort Hotel. First off, you can experience the tastes and delights of the festival in the brand-new restaurant Kinara by Vikas Khanna and then the next day the kids can get involved in the Diwali Sweet Treat Treasure Hunt on the front lawn with glowsticks and sparklers in the spacious green landscape. There are many other Diwali eating options including a buffet option and guests can also enjoy Movie Nights by the Gazebo Pool, where the large outdoor screen will be showing popular Bollywood movies throughout the Diwali weekend. 

For bookings email reservations.hfh@jaresorts.com or call 04 809 9333

Don’t forget to check back on this post regularly as we will continue to update this Diwali guide with more offers and activities as we find out about them

This floats our boat

There’s an option of a night’s stay with this one, which is just as well when you see how much incredible food is on offer at the ‘Festival of Flavours’ Diwali celebration onboard the QE2. 

With over 200 dishes, an incredible light show and live Bollywood tunes to get you into the groove you can also check into a room for the night for AED 490 with dinner. Sink your teeth into murg masala, chicken tikka trios and 198 other dishes, as well as live music and a kids’ play area which will add to the ambience onboard this iconic vessel.

7pm, 27th October, dinner costs AED 99, Port Rashid. QE2.com. Call 04 526 8811

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