Take a retail break with a difference this Eid
There is no doubt about it; Dubai is the place to be during Eid-al-Fitr with the city pulling out all the stops to celebrate this glorious occasion.
The buzz and excitement of Eid festivities, which mark the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, focus on retail promotions and shopping festivals at Dubai’s world-famous malls and souks.
Boutiques, department stores and retail outlets city-wide recognise and acknowledge the gifting culture prevalent during Eid and treat shoppers to discounts and deals that are too good to miss.
Dubai’s hotels also celebrate Eid by offering holiday packages, dining promotions and much more.
With The First Group’s hotels located near to major malls, they are the perfect base from which to explore Dubai’s famous shopping scene. We have selected three retail experiences you won’t want to miss when the festival launches in a few weeks.
Millennium Place Marina
Dubai Marina’s newest hotel, the contemporary Millennium Place Marina, is walking distance from one of the city’s most popular shopping destinations, Dubai Marina Mall, making it the ideal accommodation choice for visitors seeking some serious Eid retail therapy. With a prestigious and enticing waterside location, 140 prime retail outlets, a Reels Cinema and children’s entertainment attractions, there is plenty to keep you occupied. Choose from high-street fashion brands, aspirational couture, sports stores and kids’ clothing at this modern mall, which has a laid-back atmosphere and is easy to navigate. When you’ve finished shopping, you are in for a gastronomic treat at Millennium Place Marina, which is home to the world’s first MasterChef the TV Experience restaurant. Savour cuisine personally crafted by past contestants and champions from the famous cooking TV series MasterChef as you contemplate your shopping purchases of the day. If you are staying for the entire Eid break, enjoy some post-shopping respite at the hotel’s KYOTO Restaurant, which serves tempting Asian delicacies, or head to the Luggage Room, a 1920s speakeasy-style lounge, for relaxed refreshments.
Wyndham Dubai Marina
Wyndham Dubai Marina is the perfect starting point for an unforgettable retail adventure. From here you can jump in a Dubai Taxi or take the Dubai Metro for a short ride to the world’s largest themed shopping centre, Ibn Battuta Mall. Inspired by 14thcentury explorer Ibn Battuta, this shopping destination guides visitors through the six different countries he visited. More than 400 retail outlets, as well as dining and entertainment venues, are located across themed courts – Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India, China and Andalusia - taking shoppers on a magical journey of discovery and retail discounts in one visit. Children’s play areas, a cinema and a bowling alley are all part of the offering. After a hard day’s shop, take a dip in the pool or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment at Wyndham Dubai Marina. Top off the day with some southern soul food at the UAE’s first smokehouse, Blacksmith. If you’re really hungry, don’t miss the Friday brunch dining experience, famed for its oversized dishes.
TRYP by Wyndham Dubai
Located in the city’s popular Barsha Heights district, known for its hip community vibe, TRYP by Wyndham Dubai is promoting Eid break deals starting from AED 229, which includes a free shuttle bus service to Dubai’s longest-established shopping hotspot, Mall of the Emirates. Famous for its indoor ski slope and exciting retail, dining and entertainment offering, this “shopping resort” featuresmore than 630 big global retail names. Shop ‘til you drop at department stores, fashion and lifestyle boutiques and home furnishing outlets, hit the slopes at Ski Dubai, or keep the kids entertained at Magic Planet or VOX Cinemas. This mall has something for everyone, including 80 of the world’s leading luxury brands. After an action-packed day, jump back on the complimentary bus to TRYP by Wyndham Dubai for more fun and entertainment. Refuel on comfort food at Local, a relaxed kitchen and bar, or get glam and head to the Mezzanine for drinks and delicious dishes and desserts at Barbary Deli + Cocktail Club.
Eid is due to commence around June 3 and will conclude around June 8.
Insider’s tip for Eid shoppers
Eid deals are usually announced at the last minute, so once you arrive in Dubai, check out the mall websites to find the best and latest deals.
More reasons to spend Eid in Dubai
Dubai comes alive during Eid with residents and visitors enjoying the best of what the city has offer, from its restaurants, hotels and theme parks, to beaches, malls and iconic landmarks. Live concerts and entertainment, as well as spectacular fireworks are all part of the festivities that mark this joyous family-orientated occasion.
More chances to shop Dubai this summer
When Eid concludes, the summer season officially starts and the entire city gears up for Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), a month-long celebration of entertainment and shopping. Visitors can take advantage of the plethora of incredible discounts and offers at their favourite retail destinations across Dubai. DSS 2019 takes place from June 21 to August 3.