Everything you need to know about Dubai's massive bonanza plans for celebrating Diwali this year
17 October 2019| Last updated on 21 October 2019
UAE residents and tourists will be treated to days of fireworks, performances, Diwali bazaars, and more
Set to take place on Sunday, October 27 this year, Diwali or the Indian festival of lights, will be celebrated in Dubai with a two-week-long lineup of the biggest activities and offers.
Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), part of Dubai Tourism, announced its Diwali mega plans, which include spectacular concerts with a star-studded guest list, stunning fireworks, gold and jewelry offers, and much, much more.
Mohammed Feras Arayqat, Director of Retail and Strategic Alliances at DFRE, said, “As a part of Dubai’s year-round Retail Calendar, Diwali truly symbolises the city’s cosmopolitan and multicultural environment.”
So mark your calendars, here are all the exciting events happening for Diwali in Dubai this year.
Middle East's first elephant parade show
Dubai Festival City (DFC) is celebrating this year with the theme, "Make Your Diwali Brighter Than Ever". On October 24, the mall will showcase the Middle East's first-ever Elephant Parade exhibition.
Steven Cleaver, Director of Shopping Centres Dubai and Al Futtaim Malls, said, "Customers can explore the 50 life-sized elephant sculptures from famous artists and celebrities and it will be the first time for customers to see it in Dubai.”
Cleaver added that DFC will also launch its newest water and lights show, "Haithi's Garden" - an IMAGINE feature that is specially created for the festivities. He said that the show will deliver a Bollywood-themed set, complete with lasers, vibrant and large projections, and fireworks.
Starting at 4 PM, the heartwarming story of Hathi, an elephant calf, will bring spectators to iconic Indian landmarks, finished Cleaver.
If you're one of the first 5,000 people to go and watch the show, you'll receive a free themed LED wristband.
Four fireworks shows
Dubai will have four firework displays for Diwali 2019, taking place at some of the city's most popular landmarks.
Where to watch the Diwali fireworks in Dubai
- Kite Beach - October 18 at 8 PM
- Dubai Festival City - October 24 between 8 PM and 8:30 PM
- The Pointe by Nakheel at Palm Jumeirah - October 26 at 9 PM/li>
- Al Seef by Merass - October 27 at 8:30 PM
Diwali shopping offers
Dubai residents and visitors will find a range of special promotions across 35 gold and jewellry shops for Diwali, between October 18 to November 2. Select furniture stores such as Interiors will also offer 30 - 50% off on products.
There's no better time to shop for a loved one or to have your home festive-ready with new Diwali decor.
For those travelling this year during Diwali, Dubai Duty Free is also slicing prices at 20% on a wide selection of products including perfumes, cosmetics, jewellry, confectionery, and more.
Dubai shopping destinations will celebrate Diwali
Celebrate this year with Burjuman's Indian Festival where you can marvel at traditional dance performances and a variety of exciting activities and workshops.
When: October 17 - 27
The Pointe in Palm Jumeirah
Fireworks display on October 26, 25% off on shopping, and a Surprise Box Dance show with a flash mob performance.
When: October 18 - 27
Explore a Diwali-themed fair and festive market, with stage performances, children's workshops, and fireworks show on October 27.
When: October 18 - 24
Global Village's 24th season will kick off on October 29 - visit the India Pavilion, set to celebrate Diwali with over 240 stalls selling Indian craft and spectacular cultural shows.
Diwali concerts and performances
Pop singers Parekh and Singh will take the stage at The Fridge on October 21.
Award-winning Indian rock band Dhruv will play a three-performance at the Dubai International Airport on October 26 from 8 PM onwards.
From India With Love
The Indian Classical Forum will be presenting “From India with Love”, a wonderful showcase of some of the most praised Indian maestros and music.
Where: New World Private School
When: October 31 to November 2