Have you seen the lights? Diwali is bathing our emirate in a glorious display of colour. And whether you’re officially celebrating or not, we’ve got six great ways for everybody to join in the festivities.
Diwali in Deira
City Centre Deira has a number of colourful and creative treats in store for the young and the young at heart. The awesome INDOORS mall-within-a-mall is getting a Diwali themed spruce up, and will give the stage for extravagant dance numbers and street style entertainment. Your little sproglettes can also pick up a Magic Planet gift card – loaded with three free game tokens to redeem in the City Centre Deira outlet on that day.
Free. 10am-1pm. Until 10th November. City Centre Deira. 04 295 1010.
Bay city rangoli
If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of using colourful powders to create intricate patterns, try a rangoli workshop at Bay Avenue’s Diwali celebrations. From 5pm-10pm on Friday (9th November), celebrate Diwali in Business Bay with art, puppet shows, traditional dancers and a lot of fun. What’s more, it’s free for all the family to enjoy.
Bay Avenue, Business Bay. 5pm-10pm, 9th November. Parking is free for two hours.
Dine and recline this Diwali
Novotel Dubai Al Barsha has a delightful Diwali combo on offer. You can stay at the hotel, enjoy breakfast AND an indulgent Diwali meal. There are pricing options for couples and families, and the hotel is conveniently located close to Mall of the Emirates – offering you a full spectrum of family fun right on your doorstep.
AED 500 for Superior Room. AED 999 for family room. Until the 10th November. Use promo code Diwali2018. 04 304 9000.
If you thought Dubai’s Bollywood theme park would go hard for Diwali, you’d be absolutely right. On Friday and Saturday, hear talented musicians Shankar Ehsan Loy and Neeraj Shridhar against the backdrop of a huge two-day extravaganza of dancing, life in Technicolour and Bolly-tastic rides at ‘Big Zee Diwali Festival of Lights.’
Shankar Ehsaan Loy concert from 8.15pm, 9th Nov. Neeraj Shridhar Concert on 10th Nov, from 7pm. Park opens at 1pm both days. Dubai Parks and Resort, Sheikh Zayed Road. Tickets AED 99 from www.dubaiparksandresorts.com
Supercars and police superstars
Creekside hangout Al Seef goes all out for the Indian celebration, with fireworks, Dubai Police’s marching band, a display of the force’s supercars and a horse parade. Until Saturday, visitors wandering Al Seef’s alleyways can add their LED tea light to a huge diya (earthen lamp) pattern that’s going for a Guinness World Record.
Al Seef, Dubai Creek. Until 10th November. Entertainment 5pm-12am weekends. Full schedule here. Parking is free.
China (Court) Dhols
Roaming entertainment marks the festival of lights until Saturday (10th November). Watch out for Bollywood-themed performances at 3.40pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday. On Friday you’ll see traditional Punjabi Dhol drummers at 2.40pm too.
Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, between interchanges 5 and 6. Until 10th November, between 2.40pm and 9pm. Parking is free.