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Five Fun Ways To Celebrate Diwali 2021 In Dubai


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Derived from the Sanskrit term Dipavali, meaning “row of lights”, the festival of Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Culturally, Diwali is one of the grandest festivals celebrated by Hindus the world over, with families filling their homes with the bursting yellow of marigold flowers and ethereal floating candles, along with a delectable spread of homemade Indian sweets and gifts to share with loved ones. The UAE, being a melting pot of cultures and traditions from around the world, has a ton to offer to those wanting a taste of the annual celebration. Scroll below to discover five ways to celebrate the festival of lights in the region.

Indulge in a festive Afternoon Tea


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This Diwali, Address Hotels offer a unique British-meets-Indian amalgamation complete with Indian snacks like egg bhurji, saffron choux and kulfi cheesecake, along with a careful selection of teas for those looking for a more laidback festive experience.

Monday, October 25, to Friday, November 5, 3pm-7pm; Dh175 per person; Lounge at Address Downtown, Patisserie at Address Sky View, Tea Lounge at Address Fountain Views, and Al Bayt at Palace Downtown

Exchange Thoughtful Gifts 


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Project Chaiwala, a well known home-grown brand, celebrates chai culture this festive season through its newly launched limited-edition Diwali collector’s box, consisting of sachets of karak and masala chai blends and a special candle made with soy wax hand-poured into an up cycled concrete jar—perfect for gifting to family and friends.

Delivery across the UAE until stocks last; Dh375

Eat Your Heart Out

North Indian restaurant Khyber is kicking off Diwali celebrations by offering a three-course Diwali menu featuring speciality dishes like murgh nimbu kali mirch, bharwan tandoori aloo and sharing platters to a soundtrack of popular Bollywood tracks played by their in-house DJ on November 5 and 6.


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For a more interactive experience, Kaleidoscope at Atlantis, The Palm is celebrating Diwali with a festive dinner buffet from 6pm onwards with an impressive spread of Malabar-style crab curry, biryani and rumali roti, a live chaat corner and a seafood bar. Enjoy your meal alongside dance performances, rangoli art and henna hand painting, among other fun activities.

Wednesday, November 3 to Saturday, November 6; 5pm-11pm; Dh185 per person with soft drinks; Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel; 04 455 1111

Treat Yourself

Dubai’s premier fresh food market, the Waterfront Market, celebrates Diwali this year with a wide range of activities to mark the occasion from Thursday October 28, to Friday November 5. The Diwali-themed pop-up market will be selling traditional Indian sweets, ensembles and accessories for those in the mood to shop.


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One can also expect to see rangoli artists showcasing their colorful work along with Bollywood dances and Punjabi Bhangra throughout the week.  Diwali-themed art and craft workshops will be offered to those interested in learning how to make diyas (traditional Indian earthen candles), among other things.

Monday, October 25 to Friday, November 5, 3pm-7pm; Waterfront Marketplace, Al Khaleej Rd – Deira – Dubai, Entry free

Catch those Fireworks

Head to Bluewaters Dubai on Thursday, November 4, to be dazzled by the 8.30pm fireworks next to the largest observation wheel in the world, Al Ain. While there, also check out the live street festival pop-up from November 4-6. Alternatively, Dubai Festival City Mall will be hosting fireworks at 9.30pm on the mall’s waterside, and will offer a range of  family-friendly activities and bites at Ripe by the Bay.

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