From swimming competitions to Fireworks and Oktoberfest bashes
Watch top swimmers Use your time off to get down to the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013, which sees Dubai host competitors from the Netherlands, Germany, China, Russia, Singapore and more for the first Asia-region rounds. Dhs20 regular, Dhs40 VIP. Thursday October 17 and Friday October 18, 10am and 6pm. Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai Sports City (04 264 8717).
Enjoy a traditional lunch at Sanabel A special Eid lunch is on offer with a buffet full of classics from the region such as lamb ouzi, mixed grill, Arabic sweets and juices. There will also be a Wii and PlayStation and free ice-cream in SodaBox to keep the kids happy. Dhs145 per person. Half price for children aged six-12, free for children under six. 12pm-3.30pm. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel (04 377 2000).
Go on a treasure hunt The Detour City Hunt returns, tasking the city’s amateur sleuths with solving clues to find treasure, making their way around Dubai using only public transport – a key part of the event’s ‘green’ message. Prizes worth Dhs20,000 on offer. Dhs150 per person. Friday October 18, 2pm-10pm. City-wide, www.detouruae.com (056 694 9966).
Cheer camels in a race Al Marmoum Camel Racing Season is back, and what better way to mark Eid than by enjoying an age-old sport as the region’s best dromedaries take to the tracks. Free. Friday October 18, 6am-8am, 3pm-5pm. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, E66 (055 676 0006).
Attend a runway show Season two of the event Fashion Forward kicks off on Tuesday October 15 with a line-up of shows, talks, after-parties (the public can attend those on Wednesday October 16 and October 18 only) and designer accessories for purchase in The Garden. For timings and a schedule of shows visit www.fashionforward.ae. Until October 18. Dhs75 daily or Dhs150 for a four-day pass. Students get discounts. Fashion Forward, Madinat Arena (www.fashionforward.ae).
Have an Arabic-themed meal Beachside venue Ocean Blue hosts a one-off Arabian-themed celebration in honour of Eid on Tuesday October 15, including Arabic cuisine, live entertainment from jugglers and acrobatics, camel rides on the beach and traditional henna painting. Dhs250 per person (including tea and coffee). Dhs125 children four-12. Tuesday October 15 6pm-midnight. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Shop for the world at Global Village If you can’t manage a mini-break outside the emirate this Eid, think of Global Village as the next best thing. The entertainment and shopping hub features pavilions from countries including Brazil, Pakistan and Mexico, and you can stock up on cultural souvenirs and traditional food. Dhs15 person entry. Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (04 362 4114).
Enjoy a wellness treatment Those with hectic schedules can unwind during the public holiday with the Gloom Buster package at Spadunya. The package is to be used over three weeks and includes a series of three wellness massage treatments, three yoga sessions and three products to use at home. Dhs890. Until October 31. Spadunya, Shams 1, JBR (04 439 3669).
Go to the 1001 nights party AOC French Brasserie hosts a 1001 Arabian nights party throughout all three days of Eid. The event will include a buffet of Arabic cooking such as hot and cold mezzeh, ouzi lamb, mixed grills and a live chicken shawarma station. Dhs220 per person, inclusive of soft beverages. 7pm-11.30pm. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR, The Walk (04 448 4733).
Have brunch at Anise The venue launches its traditional Eid international buffet for brunch and dinner, taking place all three days of Eid, with views of the Festival City waterfront to be enjoyed. First day of Eid, Dhs165 per person, including one welcome drink, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs275 per person per person including soft drinks, 7pm-11.30pm. Second day of Eid, Dhs235 per person, including soft drinks, 12.30pm-4pm. Dhs275 per person per person including soft drinks, 7pm-11.30pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Head to Oktoberfest If you fancy an evening of pretzels and apfelstrudel (apple strudel), served by traditionally dressed staff and washed down with traditional German hops, you need to dust of your lederhosen and head to the Grand Hyatt Dubai, which will be celebrating the occasion for the seventh year running. Music comes from Munich’s Die Kirchdorfer so expect lots of ‘oompah’. Free. Thursdays October 17-Saturday November 2. Open Sat-Wed 7pm-1am, Thu-Fri 7pm-3am. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Talise Spa Escape Pamper yourself with a staycation at the Talise Spa in Madinat Jumeirah where you can book yourself a package that includes a wellness scan, a 90 minute jet massage, a 90 minutes body treatment, a 60 minute facial, a 90 minute full-body massage and a 60 minute yoga class, along with full use of the spa facilities and complimentary access to the 2km private beach. Dhs3,650. Until December 31. Open daily 10am-10pm, Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).
Celebrate Eid at The White Room As part of the White Room’s Eid festivities it will be kickstarting the party weekend with YOLO – the legendary R&B night from sister venue White Beirut. The resident DJs will be cranking up the hip-hop and R&B as the Grand Yasat Ballroom is transformed for Eid. Free (reservations required). October 16-18. The White Room, Al Murooj Rotana (050 443 0933).
Dine at a fine Italian restaurant As part of the recently opened venue’s Eid promotion, Donatello is offering a generous 30 percent discount off your total bill. From October 14-16. Donatello Italian Restaurant and Lounge, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.donatello-group.com (04 438 63577).
Enjoy a special food promotion Throughout October, Persian restaurant Shabestan is offering a special Taste of Persia menu where you’ll get the opportunity to sample five different dishes from five different regions including include Tabriz, Mashhad, Esfaha, Tehran and Boshehr. Dhs149 per person. Until October 31. Open daily 12.30pm-3.15pm, 7.30pm-11.15pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
Head to a beach fair Jumeirah Open Beach is holding a Family Fair which will include stage shows, water-based activities and games suitable for all the family. Food kiosks will also be in place for the event. Free. October 10-October 19. Open daily 10am-9pm, Jumeirah Open Beach, Umm Suqeim 2 (600 545 555).
Watch fireworks Eid wouldn’t be Eid without some fireworks and there will be a display to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in Umm Suqeim 2. Free. October 10-October 19. Daily 9pm, Umm Suqeim 2, Jumeirah (no number).