Eid Al Fitr was a truly special occasion across Meraas destinations for residents and visitors.
Jamil Khan, Senior Reporter
From dazzling fireworks to fun-filled family entertainment and Meraas Eidiya Gift Card giveaways, Eid Al Fitr was a truly special occasion across Meraas destinations this year.
On the first day of Eid, the reds, greens and electric silver sparks of Dubai’s most spectacular fireworks displays lit up the skies over La Mer and Al Seef. The young ones and the young at heart enjoyed unrivalled views of the incandescent dances of colour that took place at the two waterfront destinations.
A host of exciting parades and performances across Meraas leading destinations kept children entertained.
Visitors revelled in the glitzy atmosphere of the Sapphire Parade at Al Seef, while the Fusion Parade at La Mer perfectly complemented the lively fireworks.
The Ballerina Show at City Walk made little dancers’ dreams come true as the Confectionery Parade at The Beach added a sweet flavour to the festivities. Meanwhile, the Fantasy Parade and Butterfly Parade at The Outlet Village created a magical fairytale ambience.
And the celebrations didn’t stop there.
Lucky visitors to the destinations who spent Dhs300 or more were also fortunate enough to bag themselves a Meraas Eidiya Gift Card worth Dhs100.
The exclusive offer runs throughout the first four days of Eid, with many future visitors also in with a chance to claim a special Eid surprise.
Dubai Marina Mall and The Springs Souk mark Eid Al Fitr with special activities to keep the littlest members of the tribe entertained for hours.
Every day from 12pm to 8 pm, starting June 4-10, Dubai Marina Mall will be hosting an interactive and engaging Kids’ Playzone.
Divided into three separate areas - the Soft Play Zone, a Play Area and an Arts and Crafts zone, this Eid Al Fitr kids can indulge in fun games and activities as well as learn to make Eid decorations and greeting cards.
At the Arts and Crafts zone, children can learn about Eid traditions through meaningful activities like creating Arabic inspired paper lantern, making picture frames using popsicle sticks and decorative jewels along with creating traditional decorative moon and stars.
Making Eid delightful for the young ones, The Springs Souk is hosting a special children’s activation for three days starting from the first day of Eid from 12pm to 8pm.
Make sure to visit The Springs Souk as a thrilling show by a kid’s magician awaits you. Embark on a magical adventure as the children’s story teller spin yarns about traditional fairy tales and Eid stories.
A fascinating activation for all the little ones would be the Balloon Bender where kids can immerse in an imaginary world as the talented artist captures their dreams through pets, accessories and magical ideas. Not to forget, there will also be plenty of Eid inspired Arts and Craft activities to join in every day.
Muslims in UAE have celebrated the first day of the Eid Al Fitr on Tuesday with religious harmony and traditional fervor. The multinational diasporas in the country has Muslim population all over the world and living in close to their fellow countrymen to follow the tradition they have been used to in their native towns.
Like many other prominent communities in the country, the Muslims from different parts of Pakistan are second largest expatriate community in the country and have been celebrating the principal festival of Muslim calendar with religious zeal and fervor.
In Dubai the major congregation of the community held at the central mosque located in Oud Metha where prominent community members including businessmen, professionals and members of different sectors gathered from all over the Emirates to offer Eid prayers.
The elders offered Eid prayers and exchange greetings while the young kids celebrated the festival to meet other community youngsters as the mosque in the area have been part of the community meet and greet place for the last couple of decades while other major community gatherings held in other prominent places of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman.
Indonesians in Dubai and the Northern Emirates are looking at spending time with their countrymen at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesian in Al Hudaiba, Dubai this first day of the Eid Al Fitr.
With the starting of the Eid Al Fitr holidays, residents visit malls and enjoy an array of activities as well as win big prizes.
Eid Al Fitr on Tuesday again became the reason for Malaysians in Abu Dhabi and the Western Region for camaraderie and for re-strengthening their ties.
As many nations face the dilemma of putting students back to school and ensuring the continuity of their education, the UAE’s commitment to opening schools in September, while prioritising the best interests of students, teachers and education providers, serves as a global model for efficient delivery, said a top official of UAE’s major school network.
The Maldives Ambassador to the UAE Hussain Niyaaz has expressed gratefulness for the unceasing support the host government has been extending for the pursuit of the economic growth and stability of the South Asian archipelago, also known since the ancient times as “Garland of Islands” or Maladvipa (Sanskrit).
The UAE-based renowned actor Rik Aby expressed delight on reaching the UAE after being stuck in Jordan for almost four months.
"I hope whoever hears my words will support, even if it is with the word. We need to feel that we can heal each other’s wounds, support each other. I wish all of you success until we meet at the celebration that will mark Lebanon’s freedom. That day will come. "