Eid Al Fitr has been announced to start June 25 and that means that it is time to celebrate the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
If you live in Abu Dhabi then you will not be short of things to do during the long weekend. There are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, and during one of the biggest celebrations of the year, you can make the most of what’s on offer.
Here are our top picks on how you can spend Eid without having to worry about overspending.
One of the top attractions in the capital, Ferrari World is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster. And now the theme park will become the first park in the region to be open for 24 hours. The doors will open June 25 and the rides will stop rolling 24 hours later on June 26. As the grand finale to the park’s popular Free-View season (which allows guests free park admission), the 24-hour ‘Roller Coaster Rally’ will include four themed celebrations with live DJs. The music will span over four decades starting from rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s to funk, soul and power ballads from the 1980s and today’s latest chart toppers. If you’re not looking for too much adrenaline, there will be other activities available throughout the park for adults and children with special guest appearances, interactive games and live entertainment. Ticket prices range from AED 125 to AED 175, so if you are a thrill-seeker then head down for non-stop action.
If you’re looking for a place to cool down this summer, then Yas Waterworld is the perfect place to be. During Eid, Yas Waterworld is having week-long celebration which will include live music, competitions and fun activities for adults and children. Local drummers will also perform four times daily, so if you want to take a break from zooming down waterslides then you can be entertained all day long. Tickets for the waterpark are usually priced from AED 250 per person, however if you book your tickets through the website during Eid, you will get a discounted price of AED 185 per person.
Rotana Hotel – Centro Capital Centre
Eid is about spending time with family and friends, so if you want a peaceful long weekend then Rotana Hotels has an offer you can’t miss out on. You can celebrate the occasion in style while keeping an affordable budget with rates starting from AED 353 for two people. The offer will also include a special Eid brunch, a 20% discount on food, drinks and laundry services and you can also expect AED 100 credit towards a massage at Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club. And if that isn’t enough, you’ll also get the chance to receive a complimentary room upgrade upon arrival.
The Galleria is marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with an array of cultural, traditional and charitable initiatives. With various activities for both adults and children, along with extended shopping mall hours, there really is something for everyone. Starting June 25, you can enjoy a hospitality tent which will offer coffee and dates along with a falconry display, and, next to the tent, there will be workshops where you can learn new skills. Practice your Arabic calligraphy or you can learn how to create art with a sand bottle filling workshop.
If you’re looking for something that will keep the little ones entertained then they can participate in arts and crafts activities, from face painting, colouring and lots of fun games. During the three days of Eid, throughout the mall there will be a henna artist, performances from Ayala dancers and a speed action painter which will thrill visitors creating unique art pieces to the rhythm of local, Arabic music.
Emirates Park Zoo
For those who don’t mind taking a walk on the wild side, Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Park Zoo and Resort is offering lavish stays during the upcoming Eid celebrations. Room rates start at AED 419, however, you will be able to get up close and personal with nature along with a range of benefits that will make the price worth it. The family chalets overlook the Giraffe Park, so while you have your morning coffee you will have nature on your doorstep, literally. And if want to get even closer to the wide variety of animals in the park, you can participate in feeding sessions with zebras, elephants and giraffes, which is later followed by a personal tour of the 1,800 species of wildlife led by an expert educator. There is also a pool area, including a kids’ swimming pool with slides and waterfalls.
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