The best places to celebrate Diwali in the UAE.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights this weekend with a series of set menus, Diwali brunches and colourful entertainment. From Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah, here are our top picks…

ABU DHABI:

Fairways, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa – Diwali Dinner Buffet:

This Diwali, Fairways at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa invites diners for a mouth-watering buffet dinner to celebrate with friends, family and loved ones. To celebrate the festival of lights, the restaurant will be offering an array of traditional flavours across mains, unique street corners and sweets to make your evening memorable. From the buffet guests can expect pani puri, dahi vada, papri chaat, samosa and cholley, corn and apple chaat, sweetcorn chicken soup, wontons, BBQ chicken drumstick, kebabs and rotis, tawa subzee, butter chicken, kadhai paneer, biryani, vegetable Manchurian, saffron cream brulee, kulfi, jalebi and rabri from the live stations. Friday, 13 November, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. AED 175 (soft beverages) and AED 275 (house beverages).

GO: Call (0)2 616 9999 for reservations and more information.


Namak by Kunal Kapur, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi – Diwali Dinner:

Celebrate the festival of lights at the award-winning restaurant, Namak by Kunal Kapur, with a special eight-course Diwali menu. The chefs have added a fun twist to the aromatic Diwali dishes to keep your cravings curious. 8 to 21 November, from 7pm to 11:30pm. AED 180 (vegetarian menu) and AED 220 (non-vegetarian menu).

GO: Call (0)2 698 8137 for reservations and more information.


Punjab Grill, Venetian Village Abu Dhabi – Diwali Menu:

Punjab Grill is celebrating Diwali with an extravagant menu specially created by Chef Sandeep Ail. The special Diwali menu includes authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist including starters such as Kundapur Paneer Bites with Masala Uthappam, the Pulled Jackfruit Raj Kachori, slow-cooked raw jackfruit flesh with special Masala and Mumbai’s famous street foods, Masala Maska Bun and Pav Bhaji butter. The menu also features all-time favourites such as the Kheema Mutter Karanji, Chettiar spiced Southern Spiced Chicken wings and the creamy garlic spinach and corn dip, Makkai Saag with Missi Roti. For those who still have room left after their hearty feast can indulge in the delicious classic Indian sweets. The tempting desserts are served with a modern flair and include Zameen Chakri Shahi Tukda, Kesar Peda Pavlova and by popular demand, Jalebi Churros. 11 to 15 November 2020.

GO: Call (0)50 668 3054 for reservations and more information.


DUBAI:

Al Seef:

The creekside retail and leisure destination will welcome residents and visitors to its very own ‘Festival of Lights’ from 12 to 21 November. Families can enjoy a range of exclusive offers on dining, hotel stays, entertainment and shopping in the Al Seef souq throughout Diwali as well as a series of special Bollywood-themed live shows at the venue’s open-air stage area. During the celebrations, shoppers can also win one of the 20 family staycations when they spend AED 200 at Al Seef.

GO: Visit www.alseef.ae for more information.


Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa – Light Up Your Diwali with a Desert Staycation:

Celebrate togetherness this Diwali as Bab Al Shams Desert Resort invites you to spice up your staycation with the tastes of the subcontinent. Masala, the resort’s authentic North Indian restaurant will be creating a special themed set menu, just for the festival of lights. Starting at AED 745 per person, the staycation includes a room of your choice, daily breakfast, a set menu experience at Masala, access to the resort’s facilities and a complimentary falcon show and camel ride experience. AED 745 for complimentary set menu dinner at Masala (soft beverages), AED 905 for complimentary set menu dinner at Masala (house beverages).

GO: Call (0)4 809 6167 for reservations and more information.


Dubai Festival City Mall – Diwali Celebrations:

Dubai Festival City Mall will host a double bill of spectacular Diwali celebrations with two Bollywood-themed performances by the shopping destination’s record-breaking IMAGINE show. Taking place each day starting 6:30pm, the attraction will stage a performance of Hathi’s Garden, which tells the heartwarming story of a baby elephant, along with a stunning rendition of Jai Ho, the pop song featured on the global hit movie Slumdog Millionaire. Shows will take place daily from 6 to 21 November.

GO: Visit www.dubaifestivalcitymall.com for more information.


Flavours of IndiaRamada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham JBR – Diwali Eve Dinner:

Celebrate joyous Diwali festivities with your loved-ones at Flavours of India restaurant at Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Dubai JBR. The newly-opened restaurant is offering a special Diwali Eve dinner for only AED 169 for two adults and two children aged six years old and below. Guests will have a variety of speciality dishes to choose from including a selection of kebabs and salads for appetizers; mutton biryani, butter chicken and Darbari keema for main courses; and gulab jamun, kaju pista and Gajar ka halwa for dessert. Friday 13 November from 7pm to 11pm.

GO: Call (0)4 309 8177 for reservations and more information.


Global Village – India Pavilion:

With one of the UAE’s best representation of Indian traditions, culture and food are the landmark attraction’s India Pavilion. Shop for unique items and special gifts from more than 240 stalls selling the finest Indian handicrafts, while also enjoying spectacular cultural shows at the pavilion’s main stage. Families and friends can indulge in delicious Indian flavours at a wide range of restaurants and kiosks as well as vendors selling street food favourites.

GO: Visit www.globalvillage.ae for more information.


Indya by Vineet, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa – Diwali Dhamaka:

Those looking to celebrate the Indian’ festival of lights’ in style should look no further than Indya by Vineet. The contemporary Indian restaurant, headed by Chef Vineet Bhatia, is offering an indulgent three-course sharing menu, priced at AED 285 per person on 14 November, in celebration of Diwali. The innovative dishes on offer include; Charcoal Sev Papdi Chaat and Coriander Fish Tikka to start, Daulat Aunty’s Mutton Dhansak and Chicken Makhani for mains, and Puchka Bevda and Kulfi Falooda for dessert.

GO: Call (0)4 316 5550 for reservations and more information.


Khyber at Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel – Diwali Dinner:

This Diwali, gather friends, family and loved ones and get ready to be transported into the heart of ‘olden day Mumbai’ at the world-famous Khyber located at Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel. Khyber is all set to treat guests to a three-day affair this November in celebration of the festival of lights. 12 to 14 November, from 5pm to 11pm. AED 150 per person (Diwali Dinner), AED 185 per person (Diwali Dinner and unlimited soft beverages).

GO: Email dukesthepalm.dining@royalhideaway.com or call (0)4 455 1101 for reservations and more information.


La Perle, Al Habtoor City:

Dubai’s resident theatrical and acrobatic stage show, La Perle is an excellent choice for residents and visitors looking to celebrate Diwali. With twice-daily shows, at 6.30pm and again at 9.30pm, this Las Vegas-style performance is the perfect Diwali family experience thanks to its combination of music, dance, lights and plenty of thrills. Treat the family with one of the fantastic range of Combo Packages available, ranging from AED 119 for two regular seats rising to AED 499 for two VIP seats, inclusive of complimentary popcorn snacks.

GO: Visit www.laperle.com for more information.


Local, TRYP by Wyndham Hotel – Diwali Dinner Experience:

Colour your palate with a burst of flavours by enjoying a buffet-style meal at TRYP by Wyndham Hotel on Diwali. Neighbourhood eatery Local is inviting all family and friends to celebrate Diwali with an array of traditional Indian dishes for AED 79 inclusive of soft beverages. Commence the celebration with a cup of warm chai masala, as starters including onion pakora and potato chaat are brought to the table. Dive into mains at the buffet stations, serving delicious must-haves like Aloo Gobi, Tandoori amb Biryani, Paneer Tikka Masala, and Vegetable Jalfrezi, with a variety of soft, warm Indian bread. Finally, take a sweet dip into desserts including Rasmali, Gulab Jaman, Carrot Halwa, Vermicelli and Cardamom Pudding, Mango Sago Shooter, and a Dark Chocolate Mousse. Saturday 14 November from 6:30pm to 11pm.

GO: Call (0)4 247 6630 for reservations and more information.


MasterChef, The TV Experience, Millennium Place Marina – Diwali Menu: 

The worlds-first MasterChef branded restaurant will be offering a special three-course set menu for Diwali that features sharing platters, a choice of one main course and a delectable dessert, available at AED 95 per person. Promising an exotic burst of flavours, kick off your Diwali celebration with two mouth-watering vegetarian starters. Guests can satiate their taste buds with the 5-Onion Bhaji Pizza, consisting of five different onions topped with cucumber raita, green chilli, diced avocado, pomegranate seeds and coriander. Better yet, relish in the Bread Pakoras stuffed with green peas and potatoes and served with saffron and Chili-Mango chutney. Offering a set main course and sharing dessert to follow, guests can indulge in the Butter Paneer Momos accompanied by Makhani Sauce, Yogurt, Methi and Coriander Salad, and Black Garlic Naan. End the meal on a sweet note with the Honey and Saffron Kulfi served with whipped curd and pistachios. Saturday 14 November.

GO: Call (0)4 550 8111 for reservations and more information.


Purani Dilli – Unlimited Selection of Special Diwali Dishes:

Purani Dilli will be celebrating the festival of lights with an impressive all-you-can-eat selection of Diwali dishes. With a generous choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes enriched in spices and flavours, the restaurant will be offering its guests a truly memorable dining experience. The Diwali menu boasts of some delectable starters and mains including the famous Lehsuni Palak, Murgh Handi, Paneer Lababdar and Mutton Yakhni Pulao. To ensure that your meal ends on a sweet note, the restaurant will be serving some prominent Indian desserts such as Gajjar ka Halwa, Chum Chum, Balu Shahi and a special live Jalebi counter. Saturday 14 November, from 7pm to midnight. AED 99 (soft beverages) and AED 55 children (aged five to ten years).

GO: Call (0)56 414 2213 for reservations and more information.


Sikka Cafe – Indian Delights, Limited-Edition Thalis and Traditional Desserts:

Sikka Café, the homegrown, multi-location restaurant concept serving Emirati, Arabic, Indian and Persian cuisine, has revealed a menu of traditional dishes to celebrate its Indian roots during this weekend’s Festival of Lights. Indian food fans can enjoy a delicious thali for only AED 49 at Sikka Café’s City Walk and La Mer outlets. The thali includes mutter paneer, chicken curry, aloo gobi, dal makhani, fried kingfish and boondi raita, with sides of fresh white rice, crispy pappadums, home-made Indian bread, tangy mango pickle and mixed Indian salad. To end the Diwali meal on an illuminating and sweet note, Sikka Café is offering a limited-edition gulab jamun cheesecake served with sparklers, signifying the traditional fireworks displays associated with Diwali. Celebrants can also enjoy a limited-edition Diwali drinks menu with options including Sikka falooda, Mango lassi, and Passionfruit masala spritz. 12 to 14 November 2020.

GO: Call 800 666 353 for reservations and more information.


The Pointe – Diwali Festivities:

The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah will join in this year’s Diwali festivities with an incredible performance by the world’s largest dancing fountain, The Palm Fountain, and impressive fireworks show on 13 November. Starting at 9pm, visitors to the family dining and retail destination will be wowed by fireworks and the newly launched fountain show, which boasts two giant floating platforms covering 14,000 sq ft, water jets that shoot 105 metres into the air and 3,000 magical LED lights that all combine to create a choreographed dance to classic and contemporary Bollywood tunes and Hindi pop songs. A selection of restaurants at The Pointe will also offer 25 per cent off special Diwali menus on the night.

GO: Visit www.thepointe.ae for more information.


Vida Emirates Hills – Diwali Home Kit:

Vida Emirates Hills presents the Diwali Home Kit for you to enjoy the best of Diwali festivity with friends and family at home and better still; you don’t have to cook it! The kit contains delicious pappad with juicy chutney, aloo and spicy pani. Dig into some mouth-watering Pani puri, crunch on popcorn with chat masala, before indulging in the dessert of Kaju barfi-katli-Pista mithai and fresh laddu. The Diwali Home Kit is available for orders until 14 November. AED 225 (suitable for three to four people).

GO: Call (0)4 872 8888 for reservations and more information.


Waterfront Market – Diwali Celebrations:

Dubai’s fresh food market, the Waterfront Market will celebrate Diwali this year with a range of activities. Shoppers will get the chance to watch a talented Rangoli artist working their magic with colours to create a finely detailed giant rangoli and enjoy the vibrant and energetic Bollywood dances performed by skilled artists throughout the day. Expect a colourful Diwali celebration at the Waterfront Market’s main atrium area from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 November.

GO: Visit www.waterfrontmarket.ae for more information.


RAS AL KHAIMAH

Hilton Garden Inn, Ras Al Khaimah – Diwali Desi Trunch:

The Hilton Garden Inn, Ras Al Khaimah will host a one-of-a-kind afternoon Diwali Desi Trunch, with delicious Indian food and a live DJ spinning chart-topping Bollywood tunes. The Diwali Desi Trunch will be held outdoors beside the Hilton Garden Inn pool, offering guests the option to take a dip and cool off throughout the day’s festivities. Celebrity Chef Sarthak will be serving up an array of those favourite Indian dishes that we long for at a range of live-cooking stations including Pani Puri, Spicy Chaat, and deliciously sweet Gulab Jamun. Enjoy an explosion of colours and culture with mesmerizing Indian decorations and entertainment in celebration of the festival of lights. Friday, 13 November 2020, from 1pm to 6pm. AED 149 (soft drinks), AED 179 (house beverages) and AED 75 (children aged six to 12 years).

GO: Call (0)7 228 8888 for reservations and more information.