6 things to do in Dubai this Diwali 2020!

With the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, coming up this weekend, Dubai has already lit up for a celebration.

Krystien Meyers
November 12, 2020 5:39 PM

With the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, coming up on November 14, Dubai has already geared up for a citywide celebration. From fireworks, live performances and theatre to shopping and staycations - we've picked a few of the most exciting things happening around town.

La Perle

Till November 21, you can catch the award-winning 90-minute show by Franco Dragone at a special Diwali rate with prices starting from AED 119 per person with popcorn. Want a VIP ticket that includes access to the F&B lounge, an AED 50 merchandise coupon, free drink, and complimentary valet parking? Pay just AED 598 for two – it’s a great buy one get one free deal. Book your tickets here.

La Perle by Dragone, Al Habtoor City, Dubai | 04 437 0123 | www.laperle.com

Al Seef

Al Seef, the creekside retail and leisure destination, is getting ready to welcome guests to its very own ‘Festival of Lights’ from November 12 to 21. A range of exclusive offers on dining, hotels stay, entertainment and shopping are available. A series of special Bollywood-themed live shows at the venue’s open-air stage area is also going to be a highlight of the festivities.

Al Seef | www.alseef.ae

Indya by Vineet

This contemporary Indian restaurant headed by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia is offering an indulgent three-course sharing menu for AED 285 per person. Dishes you can enjoy include charcoal sev papdi chaat and coriander fish tikka, mutton dhansak, butter chicken and more. This amazing menu is only available on Diwali.

Indya by Vineey, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Diwali menu only available on Nov 14, 6 pm to 12 am.

Indya by Vineet | 04 3165550 | indya-dubai.com

Dubai Festival City Mall

Two Bollywood-themed performances will take place by the hopping destination’s record-breaking IMAGINE show starting at 6:30 pm. Watch a performance called ‘Hathi’s Garden’ – a heartwarming story of a baby elephant which features hit song ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire. After each IMAGINE performance, visitors will enjoy a special Diwali greeting. You can catch this performance every day until November 21.

Dubai Festival City Mall | 800 332 |  dubaifestivalcitymall.com

Global Village

A musical firework show takes place at Global Village from 9:00 pm over the weekend on November 13 and 14. At the main stage, a colourful performance of Absolute Bollywood takes place or you can watch the Lights, Camera, Action… Bollywood show, promising a fast-paced skip through some of Bollywood’s most memorable moments. Keep your eyes peeled for the Bollywood Street Flashmob. And of course, don’t forget to feast on tasty Indian food from whole meals to snacks, sweets and more.

Global Village | October 25, 2020, to April 18, 2021, Sat 2 pm to 11 pm, Sun to Wed 4 pm to midnight (last entry 11:30 pm), Thu and Fri 4 pm to 1 am (last entry 12:30 am) | AED 15 entry ticket - free entry for under-threes, over 65s and people of determination | globalvillage.ae

The Pointe

Dubai latest (and incredible) attraction is joining the Diwali celebrations with an incredible performance by the world’s largest dancing fountain, The Palm Fountain plus a firework show on November 13. The dancing fountain has been choreographed to dance to classic and contemporary Bollywood tunes and Hindi pop songs. It starts at 9 pm. In addition to this, a selection of restaurants at The Pointe will offer a 25 per cent off special Diwali menus on the night.

The Palm Fountains, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah | 9 pm | thepointe.ae