The Weekend Guide: Where to Celebrate Diwali in Dubai

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Dubai is like Disneyland for adults (and kids too), but it can be overwhelming and time-consuming to filter through everything our gorgeous city has to offer on the weekends. Let’s be honest, after you’ve worked all week long, the last thing you want to do is waste your precious R&R time sifting through offers and websites. Sometimes, you miss the best events because it takes too long to find them.

Savoir Flair is here to help start your weekend off on the right note. We are giving you our favorite picks for what you should be doing this weekend in Dubai. So whether it’s a much-needed day at the beach, a well-deserved spa treatment, or a day of adventure, you have never felt more on holiday than you will in Dubai this weekend.

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Bollywood is Taking Over Global Village

Global Village is back and ready to go all out for this year’s festivities of one of its highest anticipated celebrations. The Indian Pavilion – the park’s largest pavilion – is sure to be the center of all the action and filled with the spirit of Diwali, but it won’t stop there. All things Bollywood will be taking over almost every performance outlet in Global Village starting with Absolute Bollywood – 16 incredible dancers performing to the biggest Bollywood songs – on the main stage, as well as ‘Lights, Camera, Action… Bollywood!’ – a fast-paced journey through the best of the Bollywood films. Younger ones can enjoy a live Chhota Bheem show at the Kid’s Theater, and Indian delicacies, food, drink, and special trinkets will be aplenty. Don’t skip the Carnaval rides or the musical fireworks, because it is going to be one heck of a party.

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Rangoli Artists and Bollywood Dancers At the Open Waterfront Market

Experience Diwali at The Waterfront Market, Dubai’s iconic and long-standing fresh fish market located on the new Deira Corniche. This  weekend, the open market is hosting a range of Diwali celebrations. So now, not only can you go and find the freshest produce, meat, and same-day fish caught in Dubai, but you can also make the outing an adventure by soaking up all the fun activities they have planned for the Festival of Lights as you stroll down the Boardwalk.

Don’t miss the magic of a Rangoli artist using their talent with colors to create a giant rangoli of the finest details, and of course, throughout the day, Bollywood dancers will be performing at various locations to delight and inspire all of the Market’s visitors. Starting Thursday, November 12th to Saturday, November 14th and going from 2pm to 10pm, it’s sure to be a fun-filled day of celebrations and festivities.

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A Special Festival of Lights at the Largest Light Show in the World

If you haven’t already gone to see Dubai’s latest Guinness Book of World Records breaking attraction on the Palm, then this is absolutely the weekend to go. The new Palm Fountain at The Pointe is hosting a Diwali musical and fireworks display that is sure to rival any party in the UAE. With a magical Diwali show at 7pm and 10pm, see the Festival of Lights lit up in the world’s largest fountain. Walk along the water, check out the shops, and grab dinner before heading over to the show.


Make It a Long Weekend and Take the Celebrations to the Desert

Masala, Bab Al Shams‘ authentic North Indian restaurant, is creating a specially themed set menu to celebrate Diwali for all of the desert resort’s staycation guests. With the Diwali deal going on through the end of November when you book a room at Bab Al Shams, guests can also expect a daily breakfast at Al Forsan, as well as the opportunity to dine at Masala with a specially set menu featuring all of the delicacies you are craving at this time of year.

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Satisfy Your Cravings with Michelin-Starred Chef Vineet Bhatia

Indya by Vineet, Dubai’s delicious contemporary Indian restaurant headed up by the Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia, is ticking all of the boxes with its indulgent three-course sharing menu. Bhatia has innovated new and exciting dishes from starters to dessert — like Charcoal Sev Papdi Chaat, Coriander Fish Tikka, Daulat Aunty’s Mutton Dhansak, Puchka Bevda, and Kulfi Falooda — for Indian cuisine lovers. Just thinking about these dishes makes us hungry. Promising good food and a celebratory atmosphere, head over to Indya by Vineet at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa for the festivities this weekend.

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