Families flock to Eid Al Adha fair

Families from across the Emirates have been enjoying all the fun of the fair as preparations for the holidays get in to full swing.
Wael Al Ahli sells nuts at the Eid Al Adha fair at the Fujairah Exhibition Centre. Victor Besa / The National
Wael Al Ahli sells nuts at the Eid Al Adha fair at the Fujairah Exhibition Centre. Victor Besa / The National

FUJAIRAH // Families from across the Emirates have been enjoying all the fun of the fair as preparations for the holidays get in to full swing.

Traders selling new clothes, oud, sweets and furniture have ­enjoyed brisk business at the Eid Al Adha fair in the Fujairah Exhibition Centre.

The annual event, which begins up to a month before Eid, is popular for its festive ­atmosphere and competitive prices.

“It’s the best place to get great deals on clothes, especially for low-income families,” said Umm Rashid.

“I bought four outfits for my two daughters with only Dh150 and two pair of shoes for my son for Dh50.

“I bought for myself an abaya for Dh200, which I saw in another shop outside the fair for Dh400, double the price,” said the 42-year-old Emirati.

“Each year they do something different, this year they are distributing prizes and you can be enrolled in a draw by asking for a coupon on every Dh100 that you spent, and I got four coupons.”

Ibrahim Al Yamahi said the quality of products on offer this year was good and the prices afforded great value.

“You can find all the Eid essentials here such as clothes, shoes, perfumes and they are all in good quality compared to the prices,” said the Emirati, 39.

“This is our third visit this year and the kids really enjoy it. It is like a carnival with games and prizes.”

Such was the popularity of the fair this year that organisers pushed back the closing date from yesterday to tomorrow.

“We decided to extend for two more days upon visitor requests,” said Ahmad El Basioni, fair manager.

“About 146 retailers participated, most of them are from Egypt, Syria, China and India.”

Noura Abdalsalam, a trader from Egypt, said that she had to order more stock to cope with demand for her cotton pyjamas.

“The demand was so huge we ordered two extra shipments,” she said. “This is the first time we have participated in the fair and for sure we will be here each time we get a chance.”

Public sector workers will get five days off for Eid Al Adha, starting from tomorrow. They return to work on September 18.

For those in the private sector, they will receive three days off, returning to work on Wednesday.

The government sector announcement was made by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said the three days off for the private sector would combine Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha.

Arafat Day, the day before Eid Al Adha, is traditionally a public holiday in the UAE.​

rhaza@thenational.ae

Published: September 9, 2016 04:00 AM

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