This year residents around South of Dubai to be enthralled by the festive spirit of Diwali
Wide range of exciting and action-packed activities, full-fledged Diwali marketplace, food, fashion and cultural performances, workshops, rangoli competitions and more to be a part of the celebration
Dubai, UAE: Festival Plaza, the community mall part of Al-Futtaim Malls, celebrates Diwali by introducing a host of events and welcomes patrons to join the vibrant cultural extravaganza from September 29th to October 30th.
Diwali, also known as the 'festival of lights', will be celebrated at the Festival Plaza, with a full-fledged Diwali Bazaar, a range of exciting activities, entertainment, competitions and workshops for families of Dubai to indulge in. Decorated in bright hues and vibrant décor reflecting the festive vibe, the mall is set to dazzle its visitors.
Embodying the essence of this magnificent festival, a special Diwali market will be open to public from Thursday to Sunday, 12pm – 10pm from September 29th till October 23rd. The market will feature an array of fashionable garments, accessories, worship items, home décor and food options to be explored by the visitors. A special one-day extravaganza will also be held on 30th October with a Diwali food pop-up carnival as well as performances and prizes.
Competitions and Workshops
Offering a creative way to express oneself this season, the traditional artform of Rangoli-making will be revisited in the form of a competition at the mall. The competition will take place on October 22nd and 23rd, offering grand prizes to creative winners. Win up to AED 3,000 while having fun with the whole family. Book your spot anywhere around the mall and get creative. Additionally, special workshops for children to learn Diya and light painting will be held during the weekends from October 22nd-23rd.
Activities and Experiences
Series of spectacular and engaging activities during this time include special Diwali performances by cultural groups showcasing dance and music from the different states of the Indian subcontinent every weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, each entrance to the mall will sparkle with the Diwali decorations, offering the best photo opportunities and selfie spots to capture memories of the festive day at Festival Plaza.
Furthermore, during this auspicious time, the grand Hindu temple at Jebel Ali will be inaugurated and open for worshippers. Festival Plaza will organise a free shuttle bus for the visitors to the temple from October 5th, to be able to pay their homage and then join the Diwali festivities at the mall. The mall Park, Shop and Ride services from Festival Plaza to the worship complex will be running from October 5th onwards.
Showcasing the magnificent spirit of Diwali this season, Festival Plaza invites everyone to be a part of this auspicious celebration that is sure to be an enriching and vibrant experience for all.
Summary of planned events:
What: Diwali celebrations
Where: Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali
When: September 29th to October 30th
- Diwali market: 12pm – 10pm Thursdays to Sundays
- Rangoli competition: October 22nd and 23rd
- Kid's painting workshop: October 22nd and 23rd
- Special cultural dance and music performances: every Saturday and Sunday
- One day Diwali Carnival: October 30th, 2pm onwards
About Festival Plaza
Festival Plaza is Al-Futtaim's local community mall. The retail precinct covers 64,800 square metres and serves as a convenient and local lifestyle destination at the centre of the Wasl Gate community. Bringing to life and convenience to the South Dubai, the mall will appeal to communities including Jebel Ali, Al Furjan, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and commuters from neighbouring Abu Dhabi. Conveniently located off Exit 25 on Sheikh Zayed Road South bound or Exit 22 North bound.
The shopping destination is home to much-loved flagship stores including largest IKEA in the region, ACE, a new concept store from Lulu Hypermarket and the premium Al Futtaim's health clinic – Health Hub & Lutetia. The recently launched Volvo Mall Studio also adds the community offering along with Sedar, Flower Mart, Paul Café and Community Pharmacy. The neighbourhood destination is also host to the second and biggest IKEA store in Dubai, spread over a huge 30,000 square metres with an added focus on sustainability and an international training centre for IKEA employees.
These stores are joined by over an additional 120 others, as well as complimented by a 500-seat food court, over 40 dining and eating options, a Stay and Play offering and over 2,300 parking spaces. With a multitude of retail and dining options, Festival Plaza serves as a convenient and family lifestyle mall easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road, fifteen minutes from Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah and a few minutes away from RTA Energy Metro Station.
About Al-Futtaim Group
Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and health; employing more than 33,000 employees across more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, we partner with over 200 of the world's most admired and innovative brands.
Al-Futtaim Group's entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organisation to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.
By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration, integrity; Al-Futtaim Group continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day.
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