Who cares if your fellow compatriots back in India and Pakistan get to wake up really late – ’cause duh it’s a national holiday! You however, can get your balle-balle on celebrating 71 years of azadi at these cool spots right here in Dubai.
Are you reminiscing those school assembly days where you would don the colours of the tiranga and sing the national song totally off-tune but with so much passion that your chest would hurt with pride? Well, you can now relive the feeling at the Consulate General of India, which is organising a flag hoisting ceremony, followed by the national anthem, to commemorate the 71st anniversary of Indian Independence.
All welcome, free. 15th August. 8am-9.30am. Flag hoisting begins at 8.30am. Al Hamriya, Diplomatic Enclave.
Bombay To Mumbai Café
A buffet of Indian street food and a welcome mocktail for only AED 15 await the first 15 diners who arrive at Bombay To Mumbai restaurant in Deira on 15th August. Everyone else pays a still reasonable AED 59 and there’s band playing from 8pm-10pm. Small plates, meals, and desserts in vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu are available to order, along with childhood favourites pani poori and bun maska chais.
Marco Polo Hotel, Deira. AED 59 per person for buffet dinner on 15th August (first 15 people pay AED 15). Open 24 hours. 04 526 0871.
Pitchar and popcorn
Immerse yourself in Indian Independence Day celebrations at Reel Cinemas with the release of much-anticipated patriotic films, Gold and Satyameva Jayate. Indulge in a specially curated menu, featuring spicy popcorn dusted in Indian masala, with biryani balls and sweet mango lassi.
Gold is expected to release on the 15th August. Satyameva Jayate due to release on the 16th August. Reel Cinemas, Dubai Mall and Jebel Ali Recreational Club. Advance booking is open.
Pakistani street food restaurant serves up dishes for AED 10 in honour of their watan’s independence day on 14th August. With eat-on-the-run favourites like paratha rolls, bun kebabs and kulfi, this colourful Qsais pitstop is bound to be busy.
Shop 1, Building 23, Damascus Street, Qusais. 12pm-1am (2am weekends). 052 826 3904.
Azadi ka jashn
Feelin’ proud of your desh? If the answer is obviously yes, then head to Bollywood Parks Dubai for insane azadi celebrations featuring traditional dance performances and patriotic music along with desi food stalls for you to stuff your face at.
3pm-11pm, 15th-17th August. Dubai Parks and Resorts, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali. Entry for UAE residents starts from AED 95. www.bollywoodparksdubai.com/tickets
Roll with it at Roti Rollers and celebrate the combined independence days of India and Pakistan. Take a dost to munch on the nattily named street eats the 14th and 15th of August and you’ll get two rolls and two drinks for AED 71. Go for signature combinations like Hen Stefani and Game of Potatoes, or make your own bowl/roll mash-up.
La Mer, Jumeirah. 10am-12am. Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl Road. 11am-11pm. 04 385 5596/ 04 5260 404.