By Amanda Fisher www.khaleejtimes.com
In a country known for its surfeit of shops, there is one obvious but untraditional way thousands celebrated Eid this time around.
Across the country, hordes of people made their way from the mosque to the mall on the first day of Eid Al Adha on Friday, slotting in visits to friends and family en route, while in Dubai the second weekend of 24-hour shopping in celebration of Eid arrived.
The emirates has come alive with Eid-related promotions and festivities, many of them housed in malls aiming to draw customers — and their wallets — in, while children arriving at Dubai Airport have been in line for the unexpected boon of a Dh1,000 shopping voucher.
Muslims and non-Muslims alike have taken advantage of the various activities on offer, from the turbo-charged shopping to family activities in parks and streets, with a liberal number of concerts and fireworks performances every night.
Friday morning started early for faithful of all nationalities, with prayers and the ritual sacrificing of animals. For many, Eid has been a time to reconnect with friends and families, as people weave around the country sharing coffee, dates and cake.
Special tents have been set up in Dubai — most in the city’s malls — offering passers-by free Arabic coffee, dates and incense, in a bid to highlight the Eid spirit of giving and sharing. More info