According to the Islamic calendar, September 12th 2016 will see the start of one of Islam’s main celebrations–Eid al-Adha–celebrated as a public holiday following Arafat Day, which is the second day of the annual Islamic pilgrimage. Traditionally on this day Muslim pilgrims follow the tracks of Prophet Muhammad to Mount Arafat in Mecca, where his final sermon was held.
Eid al-Adha follows Arafat Day and celebrates the historical moment of Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son with goat sacrifices made by the head of each family. Throughout the holidays, families gather for official meals where women and girls get traditional henna designs painted on their hands. Days are spent exchanging gifts with family and passing time in the most fun ways the city has to offer.
As always, Dubai doesn’t let a holiday go by without making the most of it! If you’re in town from September 11th to the 16th, make sure you grab your friends and family and set out for the fireworks shows. This year, the best view would be at The Beach, in Jumeirah Beach Residence. It’s a perfect way to end the Eid celebrations after shopping and dinner, so expect to see a big crowd by The Walk!
To get the best seat, we’d recommend getting there early, grabbing a table for dinner and waiting on the show for some guaranteed picture-perfect moments. Let’s face it, Dubai doesn’t hold back on the fireworks show so get your cameras ready. The crowd might be large, but don’t worry, the show is said to go on every night during the public holidays, so your chances at catching it are great!