The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr (Eid al Fitr) occurs at the conclusion to the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The dates this special occasion will fall on will be determined by moon sighting, however, the exact days the public and private sector will take as holidays in Dubai will be confirmed by the UAE Government.
Eid ul Fitr holiday will be marked in 2021 from Tuesday the 11th to Friday the 14th of May 2021 (the last day of Ramadan to 3 Shawwal – 4 days), though the exact dates are still determined by moon sighting, these are just the public holidays.
Ramadan in 2021 will be 30 days long, ending on 12 May – confirmed by the moon sighting committee on the evening of 11 May 2021.
The dates for 2022 will move forward approximately 10 days with Eid ul Fitr expected to fall from 1 May to 5 May 2022.
What do I need to know as a visitor to Dubai during Eid?
Eid Al Fitr celebrates the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. From Ramadan 29 (or 30) to Shawwal 3 (the 10th month on the Hijri calendar), Muslims around the world mark the end of “saum” – day time fasting – which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Eid al-Fitr is a festival for Muslims to show gratitude to Allah (God) for the help and strength he gave them throughout the month of Ramadan to help them practice self-control. Muslims will gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two units of prayer – called “Rakat”. The prayers are followed by a sermon, in which the Imam asks for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for every being across the world.
Along with exchanging Eid greetings and feasting with family, another important element of the Eid celebrations is giving money to the poor (known as ‘Zakat al-Fitr‘).
Gift-giving among family members is also commonplace. Not quite like Christmas for Christians, but along the same lines of giving and receiving. Commonly referred to as Eidi, elders give children money or gifts to mark the occasion.
There is nothing specific visitors to Dubai really need to observe during Eid. However, it’s important to note it can be a very busy time of year and hotel prices can rise as a result of a lot of local families choosing to staycation at this time of year. Continuing capacity restraints due to COVID-19 safety measures will exacerbate this in 2021.
The polite greeting to use at this time with any Muslim friends and aquaintances is “Eid Mubarak”.
Confused over which Eid?
There are, in fact, two Islamic celebrations called “Eid”. The second Eid, which is actually the holier of the two Eid’s celebrated by Muslims around the world is Eid-al- Adha – Festival of the Sacrifice.
Eid Al Adha occurs on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijjah, which is the 12th and final month in the Hijri (Islamic) calendar. A minimum of 4 days is observed as a public holiday in the UAE.
Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha are expected to fall from 19 to 22 July 2021.
Events during Eid Al Fitr in Dubai
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation in 2021, it is unlikely that there will be any large public events held in Dubai to mark the occasion this year.
As with Ramadan guidance from UAE authorities, families are asked to exchange their wishes online and limit family gatherings to first degree relatives.
“Dry Night” in Dubai
During the religious occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, by order of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), bars and restaurants will cease selling alcohol from 6:30 pm on the last night of Ramadan. Service will resume on the second day of Shawwal.
Offers and shopping deals for Eid Al Fitr in Dubai
Aside from the religious aspects of Eid, this holiday is also synonymous in Dubai and the UAE with local shopping deals. Expect to bag a bargain at the shopping malls and get one early as crowd numbers will still be restricted.
Further public holidays in Dubai and the UAE
Dates for the remainder of 2021:
- Eid al Adha: 19 to 22 July 2021 TBC (4 days)
- Islamic New Year: 9 August 2021, observed Sunday 12 August 2021
- Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) Birthday: 18 August, observed Sunday 21 October 2021
- Commemoration Day: Tuesday, 1 December
- UAE National Day: Wednesday, 2 December and Thursday, 3 December
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