Diwali festival lights close up of a female with festive henna

Diwali Celebration in Dubai – Fireworks and Events in 2023

by Dubai Travel Planner

The Festival of Lights is among the most exciting and colourful events in the Dubai social calendar.

Yes, Dubai is a Muslim country, but with a large expatriate population of Hindu, Jain, and Sikh workers and a culture of acceptance of religions and celebrations makes Dubai one of the most exciting places to be outside of India during Diwali!

2023 UPDATE: Please note we started to update this guide for 2023 but found many events have been cancelled in a sign of respect to those suffering presently in Gaza. We have left the 2022 events below for those who are seeking venues still that may offer special menus but do not expect any big street parties for Diwali in Dubai as we’ve seen in previous year.

When is Diwali?

The date is variable by year, taking place during the Hindu lunisolar month of Kartika, usually falling between mid-October and mid-November on the Gregorian calendar.

In 2023, it will be celebrated on 12 November, but residents and visitors to Dubai can expect to see celebrations and events in the days and weeks surrounding.

Diwali Celebrations in Dubai

Look out for some of these great events that will be happening across the city – all are welcome to enjoy these celebrations no matter their nationality or religion:

NB Events below relate to Diwali 2022; Many 2023 have been cancelled or being kept very low key

There are, however, ongoing events in Abu Dhabi still scheduled to take place for Diwali 2023.

Diwali Dhamaka Festival (Not taking place 2023)

Truckers UAE, known for their food truck festivals, is back for a third year of incredible outdoor entertainment to market the occasion of Diwali.

Taking place at Souq Al Marfa, Dubai islands, expect plenty of family entertainment, cultural performances, live music, and a kids’ play area in amongst over 20 food trucks and stalls.

There will also be a huge Diwali Bazaar for everything shoppers are looking for, from handicrafts to festive outfits and jewellery

  • When: 22 and 23 October 2022, 4:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
  • Where: Souq Al Marfa
  • Cost: Free to enter
Diwali Truskers UAE celebrations in Dubai with fireworks
Truckers Festival Diwali Celebrations

Diwali at the Waterfront Market (we believe cancelled 2023)

There’s no better place in Dubai to experience Diwali than the Waterfront Market area on the Corniche, Deira.

This ten-day celebration, full of Desi vibes, will see people dancing to Bollywood beats and rangoli artists creating a giant kaleidoscope of colours. 

Look out for workshops for your little ones and plenty of opportunities to win cash prizes throughout the celebrations.

  • When: 15 to 24 October 2022
  • Where: Waterfront Market, Deira
  • Cost: Free

Music Events for Diwali in Dubai

Salaam Dubai 2022 – Javed Ali (not on 2023)

Celebrate the season of festivities with Javed Ali (the popular Bollywood singer), who is back in Dubai for a Diwali special – Salaam Dubai 2022.

Fans will hear him sing Kun Faya Kun, Arziyan, Jashn-e-Bahara, and many more of his latest songs at this indoor music venue

  • Date: 22 October 2022, doors open 7:30 pm
  • Location: Madinat Jumeirah Arena
  • Tickets: From 95 AED (Gallery) to 2,000 AED (Royal) – see ticketing information here

South Indian Music Festival (not on 2023)

Celebrated South Indian rockstar Devi Sri Prasad will be headlining this fabulous night of entertainment at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. He’ll be accompanied 7 artists performing in four different languages.

RELMFest (not on 2023)

A 3-day celebration, RELM Fest, marking the second anniversary of The Palm Fountains at the Pointe, will include the debut of five new fountain shows.

The RELM Fest lineup includes performances from emerging Arab artists such as Noel Kharman, Hamdan Al Abri, Naghan Debal, Sandra Sahi, and Lea Makous.

There will be fireworks, sets by local DJs, and exclusive dining offers all weekend at The Pointe (parking on site or catch the Palm Monorail).

Diwali Fireworks in Dubai

In addition to the venues listed above, we’ve had confirmation so far that you’ll be able to catch fireworks for Diwali 2022 at the following locations: (TBC if any of these will still go ahead in Diwali Dubai 2023)

  • Festival City – in conjunction with their nightly IMAGINE show, on the evening of 23 October 2022 you’ll be able to catch a special fireworks display at 8:30 pm.
  • Global Village – with a distinct Diwali flavour, will open at the end of October with special Bollywood performances and their signature fireworks show.

Diwali Shopping Offers in Dubai

(This list remains from 2022 and has not been updated to reflect 2023)

Diwali is also widely marked in Dubai’s retail sector with many incredible prizes on offer. Check out some of these deals:

  • Spend over 250 AED at Burjuman Mall for a chance to win a one-year-rent-free apartment sponsored by Al Ghurair Real Estate.
  • If you spend 300 AED or more at Dubai Festival City Mall, you can enter the draw to become one of the ten lucky shoppers who will win a gold bar weighing 50 grams.
  • Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group have announced 30 lucky shoppers buying gold jewellery worth at least 500 AED from participating outlets can take home an equal share of Dh150,000 in jewellery shopping vouchers.
  • Dubai Shopping Mall has announced that 20 grams of 24-karat gold coins valued up to Dh100,000 will be awarded to 20 shoppers making purchases over 200 AED.
  • At Festival Plaza, spend 150 AED and get into the draw to win 25,000 AED

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