Published on October 2, 2014
Celebrated by millions of Muslims around the world, Eid al-Adha is not only the ‘festival of sacrifice’, but also a festival of joy and happiness.
Depicted by the story of Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah, the day brings together family, friends and loved ones to enjoy the holiday’s festivities.
In anticipation of the influx of tourists from different nationalities, this year the UAE will be host to numerous events during this period. However, if you don’t feel like staying at home, why not plan a quick trip abroad. With many destinations on offer, from the Far East to the West, there’s bound to be some place perfect for you this Eid.
For nearby destination, Oman is a great choice. Only four hours’ drive away from Dubai, Millennium Resort Mussanah is close to one of the best diving sites. It has a private beach, spa and tennis courts and other sports facilities and is an ideal family resort with well-appointed rooms and suites that overlook the Al Hajar Mountains, Marina and the Gulf of Oman.
What you get: One night in a deluxe room, breakfast and dinner for two with supplements for upgrade to a sea-view room (subject to availability)
Valid till: October 2 to October 11
Promotion price: Dh944 for two
Contact: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
If you have a big family, and traveling abroad is a financial burden, then The Philippines is the best destination for your family.
The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT), in cooperation with travel partners from the UAE, has launched a ‘Kids Go Free’ campaign to promote The Philippines as an ideal holiday destination for families seeking leisure, relaxation and fun.
The campaign offers holiday packages for families that are available immediately right through to the end of October 2014 and span six-nights/seven-days, during which two children per family under the age of 11 can enjoy a range of activities all on complimentary basis.
What you get: Six-night holiday package with accommodation, food and activities for a family of four
Valid till: October 31
Promotion price: Varies on different packages
Contact: E-mail email@example.com for more details
If a beach villa is more your style, then the Ocean Front Pool Villas at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket is the choice for you. The two bedroom villas come with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living space terrace, patio with kitchen garden and a private infinity rooftop pool. Whilst at the resort, you can enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course, horse riding, shopping or outdoor adventure.
What you get: A villa for three nights for a family of four
Valid till: Until October 31
Promotion price: Dh1,836 for two adults and two children
Contact: Visit www.dusit.com/bookandwin for more information
If a secret escape is what you are looking for, then Turkey is the place to be this Eid. With a three night stay at the hotel Tugra, in the heart of the beautiful Ottoman-inspired city of Istanbul, the offer is simply hard to resists. Only a few minutes stroll from the major historical and cultural parts of the old city, this boutique hotel combines traditional Turkish hospitality with comfort.
What you get: Three nights, with flights and transfers, breakfast, tours and tickets
Valid till: October 2-6
Promotion price: Dh3,899
PARIS AND SWITZERLAND
Tired from the desert sun? Then embarking on a magical and scenic journey this Eid Al Adha! An eight days tour across Paris and Switzerland is just what you need. It’s a modern day grand tour that takes you to discover the cultural beauty of Switzerland and the romantic city of Paris, along with visits to picturesque locations.
What you get: Flights with seven nights’ accommodation, transportation, breakfast and dinner, activities, tickets and tours for one person
Valid till: October 3-10
Promotion price: Dh7,375
Visit London for a memorable family outing this Eid Al Adha with the luxurious Maybourne Hotel Group’s latest ‘Family Fantastic’ offering. Whether it’s a tour of the town, trip to the world’s best toy shop or flying a kite in the greenery of Hyde Park, the city is abundant with activities for the whole family. The hotels accommodate families in two rooms with hearty English breakfasts and surprise children’s treats whilst also offering a large selection of family films and games consoles for a rainy day.
What you get: Two rooms (second bedroom for a maximum of two children up to age 16) for a family of four
Valid till: May 17, 2015
Promotion Price: Dh4,964 per night
Contact: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Eid events in the UAE
The ‘Eid Al-Adha Exhibition 2014’ will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC), from September 17 to October 2. It’s described as: “The portal for consumers to enjoy the best goods and services available in the local and international market.” There will exhibitors from various sectors including retailers and manufacturers, as well as entertainment facilities such as ceremony for children, theatre and games, and a variety of competitions.
If attending exhibitions is not the thing for you, then head over to Dubai. Most of the malls in Dubai have events and activities to do during this holiday, whether it is going to the Dubai Mall Aquarium, or skiing at the Mall of Emirates or drenching in some water parks like taking your family for a day of splashing fun at the Ice Land Waterpark.
For the foodies
If you’re looking for the ultimate ‘Arabian Night’s’ experience then why not kick start your Eid with a desert spread at the Al Hadheerah restaurant in Bab Al Sham hotel. With traditional Arabic cuisine on offer and a grand three-day firework display, it’s hard to pass by the opportunity to celebrate Eid al-Adha in true Arabian flair. Entertainment facilities comprise an Arabic band, singer, belly dancer, tanoura dancer, dabkha dancers, falcon display, camel and horse caravan show, Ayallah Band and Nashaat.
What you get: A full range of buffet with soft drinks
Valid till: The three-day Eid from 7.30pm to 11.30pm
Promotion offer: Dh495 per person, Dh295 for children aged four-11 and free for children under four
Contact: Call +971 4 809 6194
For a family festive brunch this Eid head over to the Meydan hotel as it serves up a festive brunch for the whole family at the Farriers restaurant. Guests have a chance to sample sumptuous selections of traditional Arabian and international cuisine overlooking unparalleled views of the region’s famed racetrack. An oud player sets the ambiance right along with lavish spread of live cooking stations and a variety of dishes. Complete with fun activities for children such as face painting, arts and crafts and a bouncy castle, Farriers restaurant is the best place for a family brunch this month.
What you get: Brunch with soft drinks
Valid till: October 3, from 12.30pm-4pm
Promotion offer: Dh265 per person
Contact: Call +971 4 381 3111