Festival of colours: where to celebrate Holi in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah

Gather your loved ones together for these family-friendly Holi events

Indian revellers play with coloured powder during Holi festival celebrations, in Hyderabad on March 21, 2019.  / AFP / NOAH SEELAM

Holi, the festival of colours, is just around the corner, and there will be plenty of places in the UAE to celebrate. Whether you live in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah, there will be day-time festivities at a venue near you. This year, Holi falls on Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10.

Colour Splash Abu Dhabi

Kicking off the Holi festivities early is Abu Dhabi's Colour Splash event on Friday, February 28. Expect a rain dance, live dhol music, DJs and food counters as splashes of colourful powder are thrown.

Friday, February 28, 9am-4pm; Dh50; Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Shakhbout Bin Sultan Street, Abu Dhabi; 055 751 6898, www.facebook.com

Colours of Friendship party, Abu Dhabi 

A Colours of Friendship bash is taking place at Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Park this Holi. From 10am until 3pm, party the day away in colourful style. There will be live DJs, dhol music, colour blasts, a children's play area, food and beverage options and a rain dance, with an expected crowd of 4,000. Tickets cost Dh25, and every paying visitor will receive a Dh50 voucher to spend at Lulu Hypermarket.

Friday, March 6, 10am-3pm; Dh25; Gate F, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi; www.facebook.com

A visually impaired Indian student from The Devnar School for the Blind apply coloured powder to a teacher as they celebrate the Holi festival in Hyderabad on March 21, 2019.  Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. / AFP / NOAH SEELAM

Holi Colour Bash at Al Mamzar Park, Dubai 

Gather friends and family at Nouras Beach, Al Mamzar Park in Dubai, for a day of all-out colour. There will be food stalls, a children's play area and dancing to the likes of DJs Sunny, Kips, AJ and Nodde all day long. Tickets cost just Dh20.

Friday, March 6, 11am until late; Dh20; Nouras Beach, Al Mamzar Park, Dubai; 055 846 59 59, dubai.platinumlist.net

AKS Colour Carnival, Dubai 

Expect crowds to flock to the AKS Color Carnival at Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City, on Friday, March 6. Last year saw a gathering of 10,000, and for the third year, they are expecting even more people to head down for the festivities. There will be food and beverages available at food trucks on site at the family-friendly event. Music will be coming from DJs Beatz, Gautam, Manoj, Nitesh and Notorious. There will also be dhol players, carnival acts and a kids' play area.

Friday, March 6, 11am-10pm; Dh40; AKS Color Carnival at Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City; dubai.platinumlist.net

epaselect epa07440400 Hindu men from the villages of Nandgaon and Barsana celebrate covered with colored powder the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana village, Mathura, India, 15 March 2019. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. In Barsana, people celebrate a variation of Holi called 'Lathmar' Holi, which means beating with sticks. During the Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to put color on them.  EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Water and Colour Party, Ras Al Khaimah 

A Water and Colour Beach Party is set to take place at BM Beach Resort, Ras Al Khaimah. Expect vibrant colours, live DJ and dhol performances, rain dances, food stalls and more from 3pm on Friday, March 6.

Friday, March 6, 3pm until late; Dh50; BM Beach Resort, Al Jazeera Road, Ras Al Khaimah; dubai.platinumlist.net

Holi Hai at Zabeel Park, Dubai 

Head to Holi Hai on Friday, March 13 at Zabeel Park. The family-friendly event will run from 10am until late, with a variety of food stalls, a live band, DJs and a children's play area. Buy your colours on site, and expect to be celebrating into the night.

Friday, March 13, 10am until late; Dh30; Gate 3, Zabeel Park, Dubai; 050 654 9100, dubai.platinumlist.net

JA Beach Hotel's beach party, Dubai 

To celebrate the festival of colours, JA Beach Hotel is set to host a major Holi beach party next month. A host of Bollywood DJs will be providing a soundtrack to the day, including Hani, Sib, Varun Sharma, ACE, MadMax and Atul.

Friday, March 13, 10am until 10pm; advanced tickets cost Dh100 for four people, on the door it will cost Dh120 for individuals, Dh175 for couples or Dh200 for four, entry for children aged below 5 is free; JA Beach Hotel, Dubai; www.allevents.in