Eid-Al-Fitr or Eid, ‘The Festival of the Fast Breaking’ as it is popularly known as, is just a few weeks away and if you have already booked yourself a ticket to UAE either for the Eid holidays or your official reasons, you are in for a treat!
Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan – the holy month of fasting and prayer. It also connotes the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal, which always follows Ramadan. Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr, which is followed by a grand feast enjoyed by friends and family.
Want to make the most out of your Eid holidays in UAE? Read on.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Famed for being the third largest mosque in the world, the beauty of Sheikh Zayed Mosque, located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, is difficult to put into words. The massive structure gleaming in the sun, emerging from the well-maintained, perfectly manicured gardens, is a cynosure of all eyes and rightly so! Adorned with gold, precious stones, ceramics and marble, the design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by Mughal, Persian, and Moorish mosque architecture.
People from all around the world visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque to experience its grandeur and beauty. This year saw a whopping 3,00,000 worshippers!
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The delicious Eid Cuisine
Who on the earth would want to miss the delicious, exquisite spread of Eid treats? Imagine a delectable spread of Sheer khurma (pudding), Haleem (mutton stew), Nalli Nihari (mutton curry), Awadhi mutton Biryani, Galouti Kebab etc., cooked traditionally with its aroma tantalising your taste buds – heavenly! You would find all of it and more at any of the restaurants in the UAE, or even as you wander towards the old markets. Do check out the resorts and restaurants hosting exciting feasts and inviting all guests to join in with the festivities.
Ramadan night markets host a number of retailers from all around the world and one can purchase anything and everything right from jewellery, health & beauty products, clothing, perfumes, food, toys & baby items, to automobiles, electronics, home appliances, and festive souvenirs from here. The malls are decorated with all types of fineries and most of the brands offer great Eid deals to delight the visitors.
Familiarise yourself with the local culture
One of the best ways of getting to know a culture is by being a part of its festivities. If you are fascinated by Islam and would like to understand its various traditions and customs, there is no better time than Ramadan or during Eid celebration. Even if you don’t fast or offer prayers, you will still be welcomed with open arms at any of the Iftar parties. Iftar is the breaking of the fast after sundown and it is more often than not a communal meal where families and friends come together for a hearty meal.
Plethora of Places to see
UAE is dotted with several must-see-places-before-you-die and Eid-ul-Fitr is the perfect time to enjoy at least one of them or ideally, all of them! Take advantage of the less-touristy crowds and competitive hotel/flight rates and enjoy exploring the various gems of this beautiful country. Burj Khalifa, Wild Wadi Water Park, Palm Jumeirah, Yas Island, Al Ain Zoo are few of the many places where you can make the most out of your Eid-al-Fitr holiday.