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Grand Diwali celebration at Al Seef with Dubai Tourism, Dubai Police and Consulate General of India, Dubai

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Press Release
31 October, 2018

Al Seef to Celebrate Festival of Lights with Dubai Tourism, Dubai Police, and Consulate General of India, Dubai
Diwali Fireworks to Light Up the Dubai Creek for the First Time
Guinness Book of Records Challenge Attempt at Al Seef Dhow Deck
Diya lighting ceremony for families
10-day Celebrations Will include live Bollywood, Bhangra performances and Super Cars Display and Marching Bands Performance by Dubai Police

Al Seef, the waterfront promenade by Meraas that is rooted in Dubai’s culture and heritage, will join hands with the Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment, an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Police and the Consulate General of India for a mega celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. This is the first time that the residents of Dubai will witness Diwali being celebrated in such a grand scale, with the participation of officials from different government and corporate bodies.

The ten-day-long festivities that start on 1 November 2018 will include live Bollywood and Bhangra performances on stage, a major firework display at the Dubai Creek, a Guinness World Record attempt for the most number of people lighting up LED lights in a relay, as well as a display of super cars and marching bands performance by Dubai Police.

Residents of Dubai will be spectators to the first ever official display of Diwali diya lighting ceremony for families and fireworks at Dubai Creek at 8:30pm on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 Dubai Police will join in the festivities with a Marching Band performance, a Horse Parade, between 5 and 7pm from 8th – 10th November. Visitors will also have the opportunity to watch a display of Dubai Police Super Cars from 5pm to 11pm.

An official attempt at Guinness World Record attempt challenge will be made on Saturday, 10 November 2018, at the heritage stage of Al Seef Dhow Deck for ‘the most number of people lighting LED lights in a relay’. Visitors to Al Seef can join families and students from different schools, as well as staff from Dubai Tourism, Dubai Police and the Consulate General of India in making the attempt, which will start at 5pm.

Families who visit Al Seef will have the opportunity to put up LED tea lights on a pre-prepared ‘diya' (earthen lamp) pattern at Dubai Creek throughout the ten days of festivities. The destination will also host regular Diwali-themed onstage live performances such as Bollywood Bhangra and semi-classical dances from 5pm to 10pm on weekdays and 5pm to midnight on weekends during the period. 

Furthermore, there will be a Diwali Market open, where visitors can shop for unique handicrafts, silver wares, Diwali specific decorative items and colourful Indian outfits along with several Indian snacks and beverages.





Diya lighting ceremony for families

1 to 10 November

5pm to 10pm on weekdays
5pm to midnight on weekends

Al Seef Main Events Arena

Diwali Market

1 to 10 November

5pm to midnight

Heritage area

Diwali themed onstage performances

6 to 10 November

5pm to 10pm on weekdays
5pm to midnight on weekends

Al Seef Main Events Arena

Dubai Police marching band performances

8, 9 10 November


Al Seef Heritage Area Main Roundabout

Dubai Police super car display

1 to 10 November

5:00pm onwards

Al Seef Heritage Area Main Roundabout

Diwali fireworks

7 November


On the Creek

Guinness World Record attempt

10 November

5:00pm to 8:00pm

Al Seef Dhow Deck

Event: Diwali Celebrations at Al Seef

Dates: 1 to 10 November 2018
Venue:  Al Seef
Parking: Available



About Al Seef

Al Seef is a bustling 1.8-kilometre waterfront promenade by Meraas designed to reflect the role the unique natural waterway at Dubai Dubai Creek has played in shaping the culture and heritage of the city, past and present. Located close to the Al Fahidi Historical District, the destination invites people to rediscover the heart of the city, where local fishermen, pearl-divers, weavers and tradesmen once came to trade. It is home to two distinct heritage contemporary areas connected by lively sikkas and alleyways filled with captivating shops, cafes, restaurants, and three hotels – all offering a broad range of entertainment experiences. Al Seef also has a marina with 56 berths for private yachts, a traditional souk, floating markets and an events plaza that hosts a full calendar of events and activities taking place along the water’s edge.

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Rashmi Jeetendra
APCO Worldwide
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