Fireworks time as Eid Al Fitr declared in UAE
The crescent Moon that signals the end of the holy month of Ramadan was spotted in the UAE on Thursday evening. The first day of Eid Al Fitr 2023, therefore, is on Friday, April 21. This date also marks the first day of Islamic calendar month Shawwal.
This means UAE residents will get a four-day break to celebrate the Islamic festival that is marked after a month of fasting. The first long weekend of the year began on Thursday, and offices and schools will resume on April 24.
Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the Islamic month of fasting and marks the beginning of the 10th month of Shawwal as per the Islamic calendar.
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The length of Islamic months varies from 29 to 30 days, depending on the sighting of the Moon. As the Moon was observed on Thursday, the holy month of Ramadan lasted for 29 days.
For UAE nationals and foreign workers in both government and private sectors, the Eid holiday is officially observed from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3.
In the UAE, the festival is marked by city-wide events and dazzling fireworks displays.
FIREWORKS IN ABU DHABI AND DUBAI
Ten venues across Abu Dhabi and Dubai are ready to light up with breathtaking pyrotechnic displays over the Eid weekend.
April 22 – 23, 9pm
Al Mugheirah Bay
April 21, 9pm
Al Hudayriyat Island
April 22, 9pm
April 21, 9pm
Madinat Zayed public park
April 22, 9pm
Hazza bin Zayed Stadium
April 21, 9pm
Bluewaters and The Beach, JBR
April 22, 9pm
April 21 to April 30
Dubai Park & Resorts
April 22, 7 and 9pm
April 21, 9pm
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Three-Day Super Sale in Dubai is back again
The annual feature to beat summer blues in Dubai is on us this weekend when shopaholics can go bargain hunting again during the 3-Day Super Sale (3DSS).
Residents and visitors can look forward to finding deals at certain times when certain retailers offer up to 90 per cent off on leading brands.
The seasonal shopping event, organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), runs from May 26-28, offering unbeatable deals on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, furniture, electronics and more.
Participating shopping centres and destinations includes Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Me’aisem & City Centre Al Shindagha, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival Plaza, Nakheel Mall, Ibn Battuta, Circle Mall, Mercato, Town Center, The Beach, Bluewaters, City Walk, The Outlet Village and more.
Earn bonus points with partners of Dubai Holding’s Tickit loyalty programme, and spend AED 200 or more at any of the participating retail outlets to enter into a grand prize draw where the winner will walk away with 50,000 Tickit points worth AED 50,000.
Majid Al Futtaim SHARE rewards members stand a chance to win 1 million SHARE points by spending AED 300 or more in a single or cumulative purchase by scanning the receipts in the SHARE application to automatically enter into the draw.
Sneak peek in Abu Dhabi’s Sea World which opens next week
Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi’s latest theme park will welcome visitors from Tuesday, May 23 onwards, and is now gearing up for its grand opening.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi spans 183,000 square metres in Yas Island spread over five floors, and is divided into eight themed zones. Home to 100,000 individual animals from 150 species, the venue will also feature a number of thrilling rides, a variety of restaurants and cafés, and interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages.
This is the first SeaWorld opening outside the United States. Developed as a collaboration between Miral and the US-based SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, it is also the first not to feature captive killer whales. Instead, there are dolphins, rays, sea stars, flamingoes, penguins, and a multitude of fish.
Take a tour
Abu Dhabi ocean: This is the introductory zone and accessible from two flights of escalators. The touch pools are surrounded by decor reminiscent of Abu Dhabi’s mangrove forests, and the emirate’s fossil dunes and peaks dot the upper areas of the halls. Resembling traditional fishing ports in the UAE, the zone then connects to the other seven ‘realms’ of the park, known as One Ocean.
Tropical ocean: A flock of flamingoes greets visitors strolling into the area, which appears to be dotted by pools of water. Past this is an aviary, a cavernous cave resembling those underground in Mexico and then to a roller-coaster or a set of windows through which dolphins can be seen. A pod of 24 Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins resides in the park. Emerging from this underground area, visitors reach a 2,000-person amphitheatre area that is designed like the tropical rice fields of Indonesia.
Endless Ocean: This houses one of the world’s largest multispecies aquarium, with 68,000 different animals in 25 million litres of water. A total of 20 viewing windows will allow visitors to take in the marine beauty. The park will also offer diving experiences and underwater walking tours.
Arctic: This zone emulates polar conditions for its below-zero inhabitants, including walruses, puffins and sea otters. Interactive exhibits will teach visitors about seafaring and underwater life.
Antarctica: Penguins are the star of this zone, and visitors can plan encounters with many species of these birds, or watch them live harmoniously with other cold-water fish and sea stars.
Rocky Point: Seals and sea lions are the main draw at rocky point, where the cold-clime creatures stage presentations, or simply rest on rocks or in the sea.
Micro Ocean: Designed for children, Micro Ocean features family-friendly rides. Young visitors can also enjoy picking up a few souvenirs.
One Ocean: This main park hub has been built to stage immersive shows using screens and drones. Visitors can also head in to the park’s Animal Care Centre, or access other realms from this zone.
YAS ISLAND SEA WORLD
- Opening: May 23, 2023
- Tickets: Dh375 for every adult, Dh290 for children below the age of 11 years
- Eight zones with 150 species of animals