Where to celebrate Holi Festival in Dubai

Splash some colour into your weekend at these top Holi gigs

Where to celebrate Holi Festival in Dubai

It’s time to put on your best white tee that you won’t be wearing anytime soon, because it’s about to be dosed in an array of colours for one of the biggest Hindu festivals out there.

The Holi Festival is in full swing this weekend (Thursday March 21-Saturday March 23) and there's plenty going on this weekend to keep you occupied.

Splash of Colour at Khyber The Palm
DUKES Dubai’s Indian restaurant wants to add a splash of colour to your diet with its special Holi menu. Dig into a three-course,with both meat and vegetarian options. Along with welcome drinks for all celebrators on Thursday, guests can then make their way down to the hotel’s private beach on Friday March 22 to a colour-fest filled with DJs spinning Desi and EDM tunes, Bhangra performances, food trucks, kid play areas and a “Colour Bomb Splash.” Gates open at 10am, and tickets are only priced from Dhs75. Bargain Holi celebration right there.
Three-course meal: Dhs160. Thu Mar 21, 5pm-11pm. Beach Colour Fest: From Dhs75. Fri Mar 22, 10am onwards. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1111).

Let’s Holi at IMG Worlds of Adventure
Dancing along to Bollywood hits, plus access to big rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure? That’s definitely a Holi Festival worth going to. On Friday March 22, Dubai’s popular theme park is hosting major Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh at its “Let’s Holi” festival, so expect to groove to hit singles Jai Ho, Zinda and Chaiyya Chaiyya. Guests can also expect a Dhol and Bhangra Troop, a rain shower and a host of colours to be covered with.
Dhs79 (adults), free (kids below 1.05m). Fri Mar 22, 10am onwards. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.dubai.platinumlist.net (04 457 3212).

Rang Day 2019 at Wonderland Dubai
Forget throwing around colour powders, Wonderland is shaking things up with a “wet Holi” celebration. Taking place on Friday March 22 from 10am until 6pm, the park will be offering water balloons filled with liquid colours for everyone to throw around. That’s not all, as guests can expect live performances from Shalmali Kholgade, Nakash Aziz, Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, along with strong local groups ROOH Band, DJ Shadow Dubai & DJ Emwee to boogie down with. For the foodies, expect an array of stalls to get some delicious Indian bites.
From Dhs45, free (kids below 12). Fri Mar 22, 10am-6pm. Wonderland Gate Number 7, next to Dubai Healthcare City, www.facebook.com/rangday2019/ (04 352 2271).

AKS Colour Carnival
With more than 8,000 Holi celebrators attending last year’s AKS Colour Festival, you can sure expect this year’s to be an absolute blowout. Why? Because it's promised to be bigger and better than ever. Taking place on Friday March 22 from 11am until 8pm, visitors can expect live performances by the Mashup Diaries, plus DJ Beatz, DJ Gautham, and more, along with stunning carnival acts and Dhol players. It doesn’t stop there, as food trucks, a kids play area and even an adults play area, so the whole family can have fun. With tickets priced from Dhs45, this is a huge Holi celebration that won’t break the bank.
Dhs45 (online), Dhs79 (at the gate), free (kids below five). Fri Mar 22, 11am-8pm. Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City (052 779 9914).

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