Abu Dhabi is undeniably a fascinating place to visit. The place is teeming with spectacular sites and glitzy hotels and resorts. And then there are the fabulous annual festivals that are celebrated in the Emirate with great zeal, providing the tourists a memorable experience to last a lifetime!
While the UAE capital celebrates lots of exciting events and religious festivals all throughout the year, there are some which stand out for their cultural significance or for promising unparallel fun.
Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF)
Abu Dhabi Food Festival is the best thing that could happen to food lovers! Celebrated across multiple locations, such as famous hotels, malls and restaurants, the festival showcases both international and local fare, prepared by top-rated and upcoming chefs. You’ll have the dishes of your choice they way you’ve always wanted! There will be milkshakes and all types of drinks to complement the incredible delicacies you have. Festival goers can look forward to comedy shows and exciting competitions as well.
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF)
Launched in 2007, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is the ideal event for avid travellers who are bibliophiles! It gives people a wonderful opportunity to interact with the popular Arabic and international authors and enjoy their latest works. Educational activities and professional development programmes are conducted as well. The book fair is structured and managed by KITAB- a commercial enterprise undertaken jointly between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Frankfurt Book Fair. This fair is held with the idea of transforming Abu Dhabi into a hotspot for the publishing world. Hundreds of publishing houses and thousands of attendees participate in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Admission is absolutely free for the general crowd.
Ramadan is observed by the Muslims to commemorate the first disclosure of the Quran to Mohammed, as per Islamic beliefs. In the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims wake up early in the morning and eat Suhoor. This is supposed to be done before the prayer at dawn. The day-long fast is broken with Iftar after a call for prayer in the evening. It is a wonderful opportunity to take a peek into the colourful and traditional charm of Islam and Abu Dhabi, however, tourists must keep in mind that eating, drinking, smoking and general merriment in public is prohibited for all, including non-Muslims. You must show respect towards these traditions and the ones who are fasting.
Eid Al Fitr
Also known as ‘Breaking the Fast Feast’, the Eid Al Fitr is a major celebration held on the last few days of the Ramadan. Muslims visit mosques to perform the Eid prayers and greet each other “Eid Mubarak” in a joyful mood. People wear fine clothes on the occasion. To elaborate, girls usually put on Jalabia embroidered with golden thread and boys traditionally wear Deshdasha and Ghutra. Delicacies and desserts such as Khabeesah, Bulalait, Harris, Algaymat and Tharid are enjoyed post the Eid prayer. Musical performances, magical shows and children activities are organised in different parts of Abu Dhabi. Do step into the shopping malls for fun-packed options. To entice travellers, many luxury hotels and resorts provide attractive offers and discounts in this period.