Eid Al Fitr 2021: new Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain shows to light up the holiday

Two new shows will be performed at 8pm daily throughout the Eid break

A view of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, built by Emaar Properties, at the centre of the developer's Downtown Dubai district. The company more than doubled UAE property sales during the first quarter. Courtesy Emaar
A view of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, built by Emaar Properties, at the centre of the developer's Downtown Dubai district. The company more than doubled UAE property sales during the first quarter. Courtesy Emaar

Two new shows will launch in Downtown Dubai this week in time for Eid Al Fitr.

The public holiday for the Islamic celebration that marks the end of Ramadan will run from Tuesday to Saturday, and every day at 8pm, Burj Khalifa will project a new LED light show. The Dubai Fountain will also present a new choreographed dance.

Both have never been seen before and will be choreographed to a special track called Esmaha Dubai, written by Emirati composer and director Mohamed Al Ahmed, who will also make his debut.

Burj Khalifa famously lights up throughout the year with projections marking important events and in solidarity with other nations.

Towards the end of April, the tower, as well as other UAE landmarks, projected India's flag as a show of support while the country grapples with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dubai Fountain is one of the world's largest choreographed fountains, which daily performs shows set to music.

Abu Dhabi's Yas Island fireworks

Abu Dhabi residents can also expect a glittering spectacle to mark the beginning of Eid, as Yas Island has teamed up with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to create a series of firework displays.

To mark Eid Al Fitr 2021, fireworks will be set off from the Yas Bay waterfront for the first time. Courtesy Yas Island
To mark Eid Al Fitr 2021, fireworks will be set off from the Yas Bay waterfront for the first time. Courtesy Yas Island

The pyrotechnics show will light up the sky over the course of three nights, starting from the first day of Eid Al Fitr. These will be set off from the Yas Bay waterfront for the first time, starting at 9pm and continuing for five minutes on each day.

Because gatherings are not permitted as part of Yas Island’s precautionary measures against Covid-19, anyone not close to the venue can watch the display online, as the event will be live-streamed from the development’s Instagram channel.

This year, Eid Al Fitr is likely to start on Thursday, May 13. However, an official decision will be announced on the 29th day of Ramadan, on Tuesday, May 11.

Updated: May 10, 2021 12:02 PM

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