Everything About Eid Al Adha 2024 in the UAE

Sheikh Sayeed Mosques Abu Dhabi

Eid is one of the vividly celebrated festivals in UAE and being part of these celebrations is a wonderful experience in itself. The festivities of the Eid season are spread across the city in malls, shops, houses, and several public spaces. If you are a shopaholic, then the festive seasons’ comes with incredible deals and discounts.

A. What is Eid al-Adha?

Called the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, Eid al-Adha is one of the most significant holidays in the Islamic calendar. It is celebrated to honor the strong and unquestionable devotion of Prophet Ibrahim, who was ready to sacrifice his son in submission to God’s command. Muslims who can afford it are encouraged to perform Qurbani, the ritual sacrifice of an animal such as a sheep, goat, cow, or camel. The meat from the sacrifice is divided into three parts: one-third is given to the poor and needy, one-third to relatives and friends, and one-third is kept by the family. People wear their new clothes, hug each other, cook a lavish spread of food and exchange gifts.

B. What is the story behind Eid al-Adha?

According to Islamic tradition, Prophet Ibrahim received a divine command in a dream from Allah (God), instructing him to sacrifice his beloved son Isma’il as a test of his faith and compliance. Despite a lot pain and sorrow in his personal life, Ibrahim was determined to follow God’s command. He discussed the dream with his son Isma’il, who agreed without hesitation to fulfill the command. As Ibrahim prepared to sacrifice his son, he placed Isma’il on an altar and was about to carry out the command. Allah was pleased by his devotion and hence, replaced Isma’il with a lamb. This is a story that presses highly on the faith and obedience to God.

C. When is Eid al-Adha in the UAE?

Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The exact date varies each year based on the lunar calendar and the sighting of the moon. In 2024, Eid Al Adha is expected to fall on Sunday, June 16.

D. What are the common traditions and practices during Eid al-Adha in the UAE?

  • Eid Prayers: Muslims attend special prayers at mosques or open prayer grounds known as “Eidgah” on the morning of Eid.
  • Qurbani: Many Muslims perform the ritual sacrifice of an animal, such as a sheep, goat, cow, or camel. The meat is then distributed among family, friends, and the impoverished.
  • Charity: People are asked
  • Family Gatherings: Families come together to celebrate the festival, dine, and exchange gifts.
  • Traditional Foods: Special meals and traditional dishes are prepared and enjoyed with each other.

E. Best Places to Visit During Eid al-Adha in the UAE

1. Liwa in Abu Dhabi

Placed in Abu Dhabi, Liwa Oasis offers a refreshing experience with its picturesque backgrounds through the desert area will leave you awe-struck. For the adventure lovers, this is paradise. Experience the sheer pleasure of shifting and rolling of sand dunes in the Desert. That’s not all, savor your taste buds with yummy delicacies at the 5-star-rated Tilal Liwa Hotel.

2. Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi

One of the glitzy and glamorous places to visit in the UAE this Eid, Sir Bani Yas Island is located in Abu Dhabi. A ride to Sir Bani Yas Island at Abu Dhabi is a must as you get to experience the awesome wildlife reserves in this region. This place offers excellent opportunities for mountain bikers to hone their skills. For the ones who wish to laze around, head to the luxurious Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara or enjoy a scrumptious meal here.

3. Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain

This place in Al Ain City which  offers a wonderful retreat for mountain area lovers. The beautiful mountainous terrain offers a scintillating backdrop which would surely make you jump out of your skin. A drive to the second highest peak in the UAE, the Jebel Hafeet is one of the most loved places by tourists and locals alike. The 1240-meter tall rocky peak also has several yummy options to savor local delicacies. The Mercure Jebel Hafeet offers a great treat for your taste buds. Accessible easily via road, you can drive all along or rent a car to drive to this mesmerizing location in the UAE.

4. Khor Fakkan in Sharjah

You will be awe struck at the very sight of the amazing beaches in Khor Fakkan. You can also opt for exploring the enchanting Wadi Wurrayah that is the best alley placed 15 kilometers from the main city and accessible by the 4 wheel drive. Do carry your smartphone or camera along as you are bound to get several click moments.

5. Khor Khalba in Sharjah

One of the beautiful places in the UAE which you should definitely visit once in your lifetime. The beautiful mangroves are placed in a government-protected site and are not accessible to visitors. For bird lovers, this is paradise as you get to see beautiful birds like the Sykes’s Warbler and the Collared Kingfisher. One of the places in Sharjah that would make your holiday truly memorable.

6. Falaj Al Mualla in Umm Al Quwain

No matter how many days you spend here, you will be left wanting for more. An ideal spot for adventure junkies who wish to indulge in some wild dune bashing, dune buggy rides, stroll down the streets exploring the low villas nestled at the foothills of the sloping red sand dunes or spend a day relaxing under the lush green atmosphere. The locals welcome tourists and guests in a joyful mood and are very friendly in nature. One of the places which you should not miss out is a farm visit. One of the best ways to get a sneak peek into the local way of life and farming. With Eid rounding up over the weekend, this is one of the ideal locations to gear up for an exciting weekend.

7. Falaj Al Mu’alla Garden Park in Umm Al Quwain

A wonderful place for a family outing, this lush green park offers great modern facilities like a swimming pool for the adults and kids along with an exclusive children’s play area, mini grocery, tricycle rides, bikes rental, and barbecue areas. If a family picnic is in your mind, then this is the place to head to.

8. Explore the beautiful getaways near Abu Dhabi

With the holidays lined up over the weekend, you may not like to visit crowded places in Abu Dhabi. Instead, you can drive up to Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, or Fujairah and stay in one of the luxury resorts for a rejuvenating stay. Each Emirate is only a couple of hours’ drive away from the Abu Dhabi city. Oman is not very far and the capital city, Muscat offers a relaxing environment with its marvelous mountains and beaches. You can even try your hand in adventurous activities such as snorkeling, rock climbing, hiking, diving, and kite surfing.

9. Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai

One of the best places to relax during the Eid holidays. Placed in the Dubai Conservation Area, this stunning resort is surrounded by exotic Arabian wildlife such as gazelles and Arabian Oryx. You can get a glimpse of these amazing animals from the infinity pool of the hotel or from the sun deck. A short ride on the camel is one of the most exciting activities you can indulge in. One of the things that you should never miss out on.

10. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai

Dubai is dotted with opulent beach resorts, but have you heard of desert resorts? Nestled in the dunes of Dubai in the heart of the great Arabic desert, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort is termed the ultimate luxury retreat for visitors and guests. Adjacent to the Dubai International Endurance City and nestled among gentle rolling sand dunes with a natural desert landscape, this low-rise resort offers a traditional desert experience to its guests which gives them the rich flavor of the culture and heritage of the UAE. Experience ultimate comfort and entertainment in this beautiful desert resort which is enhanced by splendor, glamour, and magnificence.

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