Eid in Dubai 2013

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As the city marks the end of Ramadan, we take a look at the best dining, shopping and entertainment to be had during the three-day weekend.

Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and is celebrated by Muslims not only in Dubai, but around the world. Here in the city, friends and family gather to mark the occasion through prayer, a feast, and to exchange greetings of ‘Eid Mubarak’. There are also large-scale events held across the city in honour of the occasion. From fireworks over the Creek to dance performances in malls, big blockbuster releases to special spa deals, the three-day weekend – likely to start on Friday August 9 and last until Sunday August 11 – sees Dubai become a hive of activity and colour, and over the next few pages we pick out some of the best deals and happenings you won’t want to miss. We also reveal some of the top local gigs to make sure you can get your hands on tickets from now until the end of the year.

Where to watch the fireworks

Fireworks will light up the sky around Dubai Creek and Dubai Festival City nightly throughout Eid from 8pm. Here are the top vantage points for taking in the city’s colourful celebrations.
Bur Dubai Creek
Stroll along the path that runs along the water on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek. There are benches and even a small park to pull up a perch in and catch the action.
Taxi to Al Fahidi District (formerly Bastakiya).

Belgian Beer Café
Pop out onto the terrace at this Festival City pub for great views. If you’re feeling peckish, we recommend the mussels.
Crowne Plaza Festival City (04 701 2267).

Creek Park
Well-known for its cable cars, this family-friendly spot is one of the most popular places for catching the fireworks at celebrations throughout the year. Parking is likely to be difficult, so take a taxi if you can.
Entry Dhs5. Umm Hurair (04 336 7633).

Festival Centre Marina Restaurant Pavilion
Watch from the promenade or one of the many restaurants lining the stretch.
Festival City (800 332 32).

QD’s
This shisha hangout sits right on the edge of the Creek, offering a comfortable, relaxed spot for taking in the action. Neighbouring eatery Boardwalk, which sits directly over the water, is currently closed for renovations.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000).

The Terrace
A chic hangout for grown-ups, this Creekside spot next to a private marina offers views of the skyline along the water.
Park Hyatt, Deira (04 317 2222).

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By Holly Sands
Time Out Dubai,

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