Diwali 2017 is just around the corner, which means buildings are being decked out in LED lights and the celebrations are just about to kick off! Yay! From traditional shopping bazaars to Diwali parties in full swing, there’s so much going on in Dubai to celebrate the annual Hindu festival of lights.
Here are some of our top picks…
1. Mint Leaf of London Dubai
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Foodies, here’s how you can celebrate Diwali with an 8-course meal! Book a table at Mint Leaf of London this week, where you can treat yourself to Chef Pradeep Khullar’s special Diwali menu. The contemporary Indian restaurant will serve up a variety of its signature dishes, including the watermelon slider, wild mushrooms and mathri tak-a-tak, and dum vegetable biryani.
- Monday 16th October to Saturday 21st October
- 12pm until late
Price: AED 250 per person
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Looking for somewhere to celebrate Diwali with the little ones? BurJuman Mall has set up a colourful Diwali tent and invites all of you down to celebrate the joyous occasion. Kids can unleash their inner Picasso and take part in creative activities such as pottery painting, diya (candle) decoration, or get henna designs on their hands.
Don’t miss out on the traditional Indian dance shows, taking place from 6pm to 8pm during the weekend.
- Thursday 12th October to Saturday 21st October
- 4pm to 10pm
Where: BurJuman Mall, Bur Dubai
3. Bollywood Night
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What better way to celebrate Diwali than with a night of dancing along to Bollywood music? The popular ‘Desi’ nights by AKS is back at Backyard this weekend, just in time for the festivities. DJ Manoj and Gautam will be on the decks all night spinning the latest Bollywood hits. On top of all the dancing, you can also enjoy authentic food, shisha, drinks and killer views of the Dubai Canal.
- Friday 20th October
- 8pm to 3am
Price: Free entry for ladies and couples
Where: Backyard by Swim & Tonic, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay
4. Spice & Ice
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Spice & Ice is hosting a special Diwali Dinner and Dance event, which is basically a night brunch. Guests can enjoy a 3-course set menu and unlimited drinks for 4 hours! There will also be a live dhol at the restaurant, so be prepared to get your bhangra on.
- Thursday 19th October to Friday 20th October
- 9pm to 3am
Price: AED 249 per person (for couples)
Where: Spice & Ice, next to Movenpick Hotel, JLT
5. Maisons Du Monde
Credit by Maisons Du Monde
In line with all the festivities, Maisons Du Monde is helping you bring light to your home this Diwali with its collection of lamps, candle holders and ornaments. Whether you’re looking to pick something up for yourself, or as a small gift for your loved ones, Maisons Du Monde’s traditional home accessories will definitely brighten up any home.
Where: Maisons du Monde, Mirdif City Centre