Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr 2020 in Dubai
Eid al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. It is a celebration where family and friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited.
One of the simplest ways to get into the spirit of the celebration in Dubai is to simply wish people in the city an “Eid Mubarak,” which means “blessed Eid”. But beyond a simple greeting, there’s also plenty of opportunities to take part in the celebrations and join the community in marking this important Islamic holiday.
Generally, families start the day with an early wake-up and morning prayers inside their home or at a nearby mosque. This is then followed by a lunchtime feast with friends and family to reflect on the previous month of Ramadan.
In the past few years, different emirates in the UAE, especially Dubai, have come extra alive during Eid — especially during the last few days in which Muslims go out and celebrate. Cinemas, restaurants and supermarkets like Spinneys Jumeirah are packed. People should also expect to see huge crowds in shopping malls too. Furthermore, the Emirate of Dubai also features exciting activities such as live music spectacles, special dance performances or shows in major public areas.
In addition to the festivity, people are also searching where to shop in Dubai as Eid is also a day for gift giving. Shopping centers get into the spirit of the celebration by offering discounts while big clothing brands offer sales for Eid collections. Some of the ideal gifts for loved ones during Eid-al-fitr include jewelry, sweets from Patchi Dubai, perfume, books and more.
However, the Eid celebration this year will be quite different from the usual because of the Covid19 outbreak. Although restrictions on travel and trade have been eased, festivities are set to be more restrained. This year’s celebrations are expected to be reduced, with mosques still closed and gatherings remaining limited to groups of no more than five. In recent years, it became common practice to travel during Eid but, this year, it is unlikely to travel because flights have been grounded. Nevertheless, people in Dubai can still celebrate Eid-al-fitr as long as precautionary measures are being followed.
Although visiting friends and other relatives is limited because of the pandemic, you can still celebrate Eid with your family and still enjoy this gift-giving season. From discounts at department stores and big-name brands to seasonal Eid collections, the majority of malls in Dubai get into the spirit of the holiday one way or another.