The Indian Consulate joins forces with Dubai government authorities and corporate bodies for the 10-day celebration
Cultural performances during the announcement of Diwali celebrations in Dubai on Monday. — Photo provided
It is the first time after Covid-19 that the people of Dubai are celebrating Diwali on a large scale, with the participation of different governments and corporate bodies.
The 10-day festivities include live cultural programs, grand fireworks, a chance to win a free apartment for a period of one year, and raffles where 10 lucky buyers will win 50 grams of gold.
Details of the mega celebration were revealed by India’s Consul General and officials from Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism at the Al Seef Heritage Zone on Monday.
Mohammed Feras, Director, Retail Registration, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) said: “We are delighted to be working with the Consulate General of India for this year’s Diwali celebrations in Dubai, which mark the diversity of our city. . This year’s Diwali calendar in Dubai is full of fantastic offers, raffles, spectacular shows, fireworks and exciting events taking place across the emirate until October 28th.
Giving an overview of all the festivities, he added, “A variety of events will take place in different malls and venues including Festival Plaza, City Center Deira, Bur Juman Mall, Oasis Mall and Dubai Festival. City to name a few. . In the city centers, there will be performances, workshops and rangoli competitions from October 14. Customers spending 300 Dh and above will have a chance to win gold coins. In Bur Juman, there will be shows, a bazaar, fashion shows and more.
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Additionally, a chance to win a one-bedroom apartment rent-free for a period of one year is also up for grabs. “In terms of fireworks, we have the real water and light show that breaks all records at Festival City. It is synchronized with the spectacular fireworks display at the Dubai Festival City Mall on October 23 at 8:30 p.m. Additionally, when you spend Dh300 or more, you can enter the raffle to become one of 10 lucky buyers who will win a gold bar weighing 50 grams.
“There are also many live shows and concerts, including Javed Ali’s The Coke studio. We also have acting skills. Global Village will open its doors to celebrate the spirit of Diwali with a variety of Bollywood shows and performances. And you can also join the festivities at the grand Diwali Mela, which offers a first-of-its-kind carnival experience,” added Feras.
Also, there will be Diwali Markets where visitors can buy unique handicrafts, silver items, Diwali-specific decorative items and colorful Indian outfits along with several Indian snacks and drinks.
Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai, pointed out that the post-Covid momentum has picked up considerably and festivals have already started to see a wider audience.
Explaining how technology can bring celebrations like Diwali to a wider audience around the world, Dr Puri said: “I was at Gitex today and interacted with all these companies that were using augmented reality and the metaverse. In the start-up ecosystem, we are seeing huge traction with Indian companies. Many of them will add a lot of color to the Diwali festival.
Dr Puri added: “Social interactions are being transformed through technology. So what I see is that these companies are looking at experiences that can enrich an individual and when it comes to the Diwali festival there really is no comparison. It truly is a feast for all your senses…the best of food, the best of lighting, the best of shopping experiences and sounds. So I think bringing all of this together using technology will enable people who are not present in Dubai to engage in the Diwali experience.