The UAE continues to awe its visitors with its diverse features, beautiful emirates, unfolding secrets, and unparalleled man-made structures. Apart from the structures and monuments of UAE, the events and feasts of the country are also worth beholding. If you visit the country during the special events or feasts, you will be able to witness UAE in a different form altogether.
The traditional holidays in the country are mostly related to Islamic religion, but apart from that you can also be a part of the amazing events celebrated throughout the year. In the United Arab Emirates, you will see and experience events and celebrations dripping with the traditional culture. There are also various secular celebrations and special events that are related to shopping, sports, and tourism.
The traditional holidays are usually regulated by the lunar Hijri calendar, and the dates may vary. Ramadan is the most celebrated and revered month in the country. This is the time when the believers fast from dusk to dawn. Most of the restaurants remain closed during the day time and stay open till late in the night. As tourists, you should follow and respect the rules during Ramadan and not eat or drink in public.
The last day of Ramadan is lavishly celebrated as Eid Al-Fitr, one of the biggest festivals in the country. Another significant Islamic event is the feast of Eid Al-Adha, which is a four day holiday. It celebrates the pilgrims traveling to the holy Mecca.
The UAE also celebrates secular events such as the New Year on January 1. December 2 is celebrated as the national public holiday as on this day, the seven emirates came together to sign a joint agreement to establish the UAE federation in 1971. Other popular events that attract legions of tourists from across the world are Desert classing PGA and the horse-race Dubai World Cup.
Dubai is almost synonymous with shopping and the shopaholics have another reason to visit this glitzy emirate – the Dubai Shopping Festival which attracts legions of visitors every year. Held from January 15 until February15, this is an absolute paradise where shoppers can bargain for prizes and take home the best UAE souvenirs and gifts.
The UAE is also known for its passion for sports. New Year in Dubai begins with a marathon of the best runners from across the world. Dubai Tennis Open is another popular sporting event that is held in February. The Irish National Day-St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the month of March. The winter season marks the beginning of horse racing, with dignitaries across the world watching the adventure from their VIP tribunes.
Another popular sporting event in UAE is camel racing, usually hosted in the city of Ras al-Khaimah. Entry to this event is free, and the racing takes place in winter, mostly on a Friday. As tourists, you may choose to explore and enjoy the diverse colors of UAE events and feasts by taking a ride on camels, going on a desert safari, exploring the wonderful underwater world and shopping to your heart’s content.