Eid Al Adha Long Weekend in Dubai – Traditions & Celebrations

Authorities in the UAE have announced the official Eid Al Adha holidays for federal government employees and the private sector. The holiday will take place from Friday July 8 until Monday July 11, 2022. Public and private sectors will be back to work on Tuesday July 12.
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PUBLISHED JuLy 7, 2022
Eid Al Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the two main holidays in Islam. This holiday honours the loyalty and obedience of Ibrahim to Allah, who was ready to sacrifice his son Ismail to Allah.

The precise date of the holiday is not determined until the crescent moon, symbolising the beginning of the twelfth month in the Islamic calendar, Zul Hijjah, is sighted. This took place on June 30 2022, and Eid Al Adha always takes place on the 10th day of the month of Zul Hijjah. Mosques will be open to the public after Fajr prayers on the day of the Eid. In Dubai, the Eid Al Adha prayer timing, which differs slightly for each emirate, will be at 5:52 am. To keep UAE residents and visitors safe from the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority recommends wearing masks, keeping a physical distance of 5 m, and using personal/disposable prayer mats.
Fireworks are the traditional part of Eid Al Adha celebrations in the UAE. However, this year due to soaring temperatures the majority of plans were cancelled. The most recent information states that residents and visitors of Dubai will be able to enjoy a pyrotechnic show in Festival Bay at 8 pm on July 10.

Apart from the fireworks, visitors of Dubai Festival City Mall will have the opportunity to see a wide range of performances which include the Italy’s Got Talent 2016 winner Moses Concas, a traditional Lebanese dance group, Emirati dancers, as well as other performances which will take place throughout the long weekend. Don’t miss the chance to visit MasterChef – the TV Experience on July 11 and taste dishes from the Eid set menu inspired by past winners of the TV show. Prices for this experience is AED 200 (USD 55) for two people.
This year Eid al-Adha coincides with Dubai Summer Surprises, which is an annual summer sale in Dubai that offers discounts of up to 75% across 800 brands. This year the event marks its 25th anniversary.

Metropolitan Premium Properties wishes a very happy and peaceful Eid Al Adha to all Muslims, as well as an unforgettable holiday experience to all those staying in Dubai. You can learn more about holidays in the UAE in this article.