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Don’t know what to do this Eid? Last minute full guide

Whether you want to shop until you drop or catch the fireworks with friends or family, there’s plenty happening this Eid weekend around Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Brunch deals, music concerts, and discounted tickets are just some of the better offers on hand. We put together a round-up of our favorite things to do this Eid, as locally reported.


Make your way to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) for the last few days of this shopping event. The Eid Festival features stallholders selling everything from cheese and spices to striped kandura pajamas. Aside from the shopping, there are other attractions including traditional celebrations and games.

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Discounted Mall experience

Prepare to save big this weekend as 14 malls in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will activate their 24-Hour Mega Sales with discounts of up to 90%. Besides bagging the bargains, you might also be on the receiving end of spot prizes, with gift cards and even a Tesla Model X electric car up for grabs. Be entertained while you shop at Yas Mall and The Mall at the World Trade Centre, with appearances by social-media stars MoVlogs and BinBaz meeting and greeting fans, respectively.

The participating malls are Yas Mall, The Mall at the World Trade Centre, Al Wahda Mall, Khalidiya Mall, Mushrif Mall, Marina Mall, Madinat Zayed Shopping Center, Raha Mall, Dalma Mall, Bawadi Mall, Mazyad Mall, Barari Mall, Foah Mall and Al Jimi Mall.

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Start your Eid Al Fitr weekend with a bang at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina precinct and enjoy the fireworks display that will light up the sky at 9 pm each evening. Get there early and let the children enjoy the inflatable zone and carnival games, while the adults browse the night market and indulge in the bespoke food trucks and dessert kiosks. Captain Tony’s has an evening fireworks cruise for those interested in seeing the show from the water.

Both young and old can enjoy a ride on the colorful carousel at Al Bahar.

Visit the Corniche in Abu Dhabi and enjoy the choreographed fireworks display on the first day of Eid. Aside from the colorful sky show, there is a family-friendly outing among the 20 restaurants and cafes in the waterfront precinct.

Dubai Festival City Mall is the place to be if you’re keen to catch a fireworks display in the emirate. There will be two shows off Festival Bay on Friday evening set to music, the first at 9 pm and the second at 10.30pm.

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The QE2 is hosting a floating brunch for Eid. Courtesy QE2

Set sail on a food journey aboard the QE2. The floating hotel’s newest restaurant, The Lido, is hosting a Family Funfair Feast on the Quarter Deck. The meal will be accompanied by a live band, and there’s also a kids’ fair packed with interactive games and shows, plus a buffet brunch with a focus on QE2’s British roots including fairground treats such as hot dogs, fish and chips, and toffee apples.

Roberto’s Abu Dhabi has all the ingredients for an enjoyable Eid feast, with a selection of dining options. Indulge in the Eid sharing menu created especially for the weekend, or join the Andiamo brunch on Friday or the Pranzo brunch on Saturday.

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Seven Sands restaurant in Dubai is hosting a special Eid buffet that will showcase the blend of ethnic flavors and inspirations that are synonymous with Emirati cuisine. The traditional feast includes popular Emirati dishes, such as harees, fish majboos, lamb thareed and baby chicken mashawi, with a selection of delicious desserts including aseeda bobar, umm ali, khabeesa, luqaimat and the signature Seven Sands date pudding.

Head to the oldest hotel in the capital, Hilton Abu Dhabi, for a traditional Middle Eastern spread at La Terrazza restaurant. All weekend, the menu will change daily and include a range of salads and starters, a soup of the day, hot mezze and a selection of traditional Arabic and popular continental mains. Executive chef Walter Miculan has opted for home-cooked-style recipes for the Arabic mains to bring the flavors closer to home.

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Pakistani singer Atif Aslam will perform this Eid weekend in Dubai. Courtesy Atif Aslam

Tune into a one-off performance by renowned Bollywood singer Atif Aslam at the Sheikh Rashid Hall at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Sunday evening. Aslam’s hits include Kuch Iss TarahPehli Nazar MeinHona Tha PyaarWoh LamheDoorie and Tere Bin.

Filipino band 3 Stars 1 Heart are performing at Dubai World Trade Centre on Saturday evening from 7 pm. If you’re a fan, you won’t want to miss Regine Velasquez, Christian Bautista and Julie Anne San Jose in action.

Syrian singer Assala Nasri will take to the stage at Dubai Opera to entertain fans on Saturday evening. The popular Arab singer will take to the stage from 8.30pm.