Dubai gears up for Eid festivities
Dubai, August 28, 2010
The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) has unveiled the main attractions of three-day festivity ‘Eid in Dubai’ to mark festivities coinciding with Eid Al Fitr including concerts by Arab pop stars and musical plays.
Starting from the first day of Eid, the event will feature entertainment destinations, spectacular concerts, international character shows, fireworks, and shopping deals across the city, said a DEPE statement.
Being organized for the third consecutive year, ‘Eid in Dubai’ aims at promoting Dubai as a festive destination during Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha celebrations through various entertainment events to highlight Dubai’s unique manner of celebrating this special occasion, it added.
It also aims at bringing together the diverse cultures and nationalities residing or visiting Dubai to celebrate this joyous occasion in three days of continuous festivities designed to cater to all ages.
Ibrahim Saleh, co-ordinator general of ‘Eid in Dubai’, said, “‘Eid in Dubai’ has become a main event within Dubai’s festivals especially after the success of the past two editions. It also affirms Dubai’s position as a premier destination for festivals and events in the region all round the year.”
"One of our main aims of organizing this festivity is to create a social event that brings together all cultures and nationalities to enjoy one great celebration."
"We have spared no effort in putting together a colorful and attractive calendar of local and international events that will be strategically distributed across the city so that everyone can participate and feel the festivity wherever they are in Dubai," Saleh noted.
"During three days, visitors can see two of the best -loved characters on the stage: Ben 10 and Hello Kitty. Ben 10 features a 25 minute live stunt action show incorporating spectacular graphics and a chance for children to see Ben Tennyson, Four Arms, and Wildmutt in action."
"Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, and My Melody get together for a musical performance in the Hello Kitty show. To emphasize the spirit of Eid and to spread the feelings of joy and festivity, both shows are being staged by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment for free," Saleh said.
To add to the festive spirit, popular dinosaur Barney joins Baby Bop and BJ for yet another scintillating show titled Barney’s Beach Party. The show is free and followed by a ‘meet and greet’ session. Popular children’s television programme Lazy Town also takes the stage to enthrall children.
Besides the characters shows, families can also look forward to a brilliant Aquafantasia show including fireworks, laser lighting, and water screens, pointed out Saleh.
"A Dino Live Exhibition at Dubai Festival City takes visitors on a journey of dinosaurs through an exhibition, shows, character meet and greet, merchandising stands, and food stalls themed on dinosaurs and the Jurassic age," he added.
As part of the event, Dubai Airport Expo too is gearing up to host what is billed as the biggest Back-to-School party. A comprehensive stationery exhibition combined with a fun fair featuring numerous games and attractions, children will have found the perfect way to celebrate Eid Al Fitr in addition to preparing for school re-opening.
Atlantis, one of the most iconic landmarks in UAE will also be part of Eid celebrations this year with amazing hotel and entertainment packages for visitors starting at Dh1,470 ($400) per night.
The Atlantis ‘Irresistible Eid Package’ includes an Atlantis Room, free access to Aquaventure - Dubai's largest waterpark, free access to The Lost Chambers with 65,000 marine animals, preferential rates to swith with the dolphins, one day free access to Kid's Club (11am -6pm), one day free access for teens to Club Rush, and free access to 'Eid Cool Summer Nights' celebrations at Aquaventure Waterpark with nightly firework display, said Saleh.
‘Eid in Dubai’ Concerts
For music lovers, DEPE is organising a string of concerts featuring some of the best Arab and Iranian pop stars such as Fadel Shaker, Elissa, Jannat, Hussein Al Jasmi, Mona Amrsha, and Shereen Abdel Wahab. The two-day concert will be held at the Madinat Arena on September 11 and September 12.
Additionally, renowned Arab singers Fares Karam and Shaza Hasson will perform in a mega concert from 9:30pm onwards on September 12th at Al Bustan Rotana. Tickets are priced at Dh600, Dh800 and Dh1200.
The Dubai World Trade Centre too will join to host a scintillating Iranian concert on September 10 featuring Iranian pop-stars Andy, Afshin, Sepideh, and Erfan. VIP tickets are priced at Dh500 and regular seats at Dh365.
The following day on September 11, Iranian artists Benyamin and Ali Ashabi take the stage for yet another concert. Tickets are priced at Dh499 for VIP and Dh299 for regular seats.
According to Saleh, ‘Eid in Dubai’ will also present theatre fans in UAE the chance to watch their favourite actors in action.
As part of DEPE’s support to the local theatre community, a comedy play titled 'Me, My Wife and Obama' will be staged in three shows during Eid in an exclusive production for ‘Eid in Dubai,’ he added-TradeArabia News Service