7 places to celebrate Holi festival in Dubai

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From live concerts to a sit down three-course dinner meal, if you’re celebrating Holi, expect plenty of color…

Holi is a Hindu Spring festival, also known as the festival of love or the festival of color. This year, it begins on Wednesday, March 20 to Thursday, March 21 but several events are taking place in Dubai over the weekend to celebrate the festival.

From hip hop singers and Bollywood legends, to a sit down three-course dinner meal, one thing’s for sure… no matter what you do, if you’re celebrating Holi, expect there to be plenty of color!

Here are 6 places for you to celebrate a colorful Holi festival in Dubai this weekend.

1. Sing along with Indian Idol star, Neha Kakkar

Celebrate the festival of color with a live performance by Neha Kakkar at the Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre on Friday, March 22. Headlining the event, the Indian Idol contestant and judge will be performing her hit Bollywood numbers, alongside performances by DJ Pierre Ferns, DJ Ricky, DJ Chirag and DJ Praveen Nair and DJ Essam. The day-long family event will have plenty of dancing, food and drinks and a dedicated kids arena.

Holi Masti, Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre, doors open at 10am, Friday, March 22, prices start from Dhs79.20, under 5s free, Tel: (055) 362 6267. facebook.com/HoliMastiDubai

2. Dance to hit singles performed by Sukhwinder Singh

Bollywood singer, Sukhwinder Singh will be performing live in Dubai at IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai on Friday March 22. The pop star will be performing his hit singles such as Chaiyya Chaiyya (thankfully, not on a moving train), Jai Ho, and Zinda. Doors open at 10am, and you can spend the day at the park as the ticket includes access to all major attractions. You can also expect dhol and bhangara troops and a rain dance to keep you entertained. Food, drinks and color will also be available.

Let’s Holi at IMG, E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai, doors open at 10am, Friday, March 22, Dhs79 general admission, under 1.05m enter free, Tel: (04) 457 3212 imgworlds.com

 3. Rap your way this Holi with Babu Haabi

If rap is more your style, then this event is for you. Hip hop and rap singer, Babu Haabi is coming to Dubai this weekend, and you can catch him live at Color Bash, which takes place at Dukes Dubai on Palm Jumeirah. A line up of DJs including DJ Zubair, DJ Sid and DJ Bharat will also be performing. There will also be a kids arena available, VIP cabanas, food trolleys, and a ‘Color Bomb Splash’ (which we’re pretty sure means you’re going to get covered in a lot of colored powder)

Color Bash, Dukes Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 10am, Friday, March 22, prices start from Dhs75, group bookings available, Tel: (055) 409 1990  facebook.com/ColorBashDubai

4. Get drenched with color at Wonderland 

Deemed as one of Middle East’s biggest Holi celebrations, Rang Day Holi is held at Wonderland Gate Number 7. A bit different from the norm, the event uses water balloons filled with colored liquid so expect to get drenched if you celebrate here. The festival also has food stalls if you want to regain your strength before getting back into the action, and also has a flea market and a kids arena and entertainment for the little ones. Performing live are Shalmali Kholgade, Nakash Aziz, Manj Musik and Nindy Kaur.

Rang Day Holi, Wonderland Gate Number 7, close to Grand Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, 10am, Friday, March 22, prices start from Dhs45, couple and group tickets are available, under 12s  free, Tel: (04) 352 2271 facebook.com/rangday2019

5. Dance along with hip-hop stars, Badshah & Raftaar at Global Village

The two Indian stars will be performing for the first time this weekend in UAE at Global Village, the first family destination for culture, entertainment and shopping in the region. The two stars are performing for the first time on one stage and will be belting out their chart-toppers such as Dhup-Chick, Abhi To Party Shuru Hui Hai and The Breakup Song. Global Village also has several other activations in store such as the Happiness Pool, Wall of Colors, and the usual spectacular firework display to add even more color to your night.

Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road Dubai, show starts at 9pm (Global Village opens from 4pm),

6. Lunch at The Canvas Hotel Dubai

Celebrate the spring festival with your loved ones at Estrellas Rooftop Lounge at The Canvas Hotel Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, where a colorful culinary food experience awaits. Using organic colors, the restaurant will prepare a range of delicious festive treats including mewa gujiya, biryani and mutton seekh kababs while you soak in the sun poolside. If a culinary feast is more to your liking, dine at the hotel restaurant, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor. Owned by Indian celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, the restaurant will be serving classic Indian dishes from the interactive kitchen, or you can also have your picks from the Chaat counter.

The Canvas Hotel Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, Kuwait Street, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Friday, March 22, prices vary, Tel: (04) 386 8111 accorhotels.com

7. Enjoy a three-course meal at Khyber

Khyber is offering a three-course set menu this Holi with a variety of dishes from the Mughal era. The price is Dhs160, and includes welcome drinks, starters such as dahi vada, pakora, berfi, and bhajia plus main and dessert. You will also find live counters serving piping hot chai, and plenty of vegetarian options too.

Khyber, Dukes Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 5pm to 11pm, March 20 to 21, Dhs160 per person, Tel: (04) 455 1111 dukesdubai.com/khyber 

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