Group celebrating Diwali Festival of Lights

Diwali in Abu Dhabi – Celebrations in 2024

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

The Festival of Lights is one of the most anticipated international events celebrated annually in Abu Dhabi. Not just the Hindu community but the Abu Dhabi expat community at large, and visitors can join in with this beautiful occasion involving dancing, colours, tastes, smells, and delights of India and beyond.

When is Diwali in 2024?

The exact date of Diwali is based on the Hindu lunisolar month of Kartika, so it will fall between mid-October and mid-November each year. Tradition dictates that it’s a 5-day festival, with the darkest night of the new moon being Diwali.

In 2024, Diwali will be celebrated on 1 November 2024 (though celebrations on either side can be expected to last for many days!)

Although predominantly a Hindu festival, the occasion is also marked by Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. A national holiday in some countries, the occasion does not get a public holiday in the UAE but is widely marked in the community. Let’s take a look at what will be going on in 2024:

Diwali Events in Abu Dhabi 2024

In light of the events in Gaza, many public celebrations in the UAE were cancelled in 2023. The list below still pertains to previous year’s celebrations but as we approach October 2024 we will get an updated listing of events in Abu Dhabi for Diwali 2024.

Arjit Singh Live in Concert

Globally renowned singer Arijit Singh is set to amaze the audience with his breathtaking voice and brilliant performance.

Chefs Table at Rangoli (Confirmed 2023)

Enjoy a tantalising 3-course set menu in celebration of the festival of lights with a main choice course of either Butter Velvet Chicken Euphoria or Enchanted Baingan Mirage with Dal Makhani, along with some lip-smacking desserts.

  • When: November 10th to 15th, 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM daily
  • Where: Rangoli, Rotana Yas Island
  • Cost: From 229 AED per person

Dazzling Diwali Utsav (confirmed 2023)

Presented by Trucker UAE, this one-night event of music and dance can be found at Marina Mall, including Prakriti & Sukriti Kakar.

  • When: November 10th from 6:00 PM
  • Where: Marina Mall Abu Dhabi
  • Cost: TBC

Diwali at Zeera (Confirmed 2023)

Enjoy delectable and stylish contemporary Indian dining, with a chance to win tickets to Arjit Singh Live in Concert.

  • When: November 10th and 11th, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Where: Zeera by Budda Bar, The Pier, Yas Bay Waterfront
  • Cost: AED 249- book at zeera-abudhabi.com

Yas Bay Waterfront (Unconfirmed 2023)

From street entertainers to henna, the most happening place to be in Abu Dhabi this Diwali is the newest nightlife and entertainment district in the city, Yas Bay Waterfront.

The boardwalk will see street entertainers every hour, including bhangra dancers and dhol drummers. For free hand decorations, seek out the henna station located near family dining hotspot Central/

traditional bhangra dancers yas bay diawli celebrations
  • When: TBC
  • Where: Yas Bay Waterfront, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Cost: Free

3D Diwali Light Show & BBQ (Unconfirmed 2023)

A great one for families to enjoy, experience a Diwali-themed light projection on the facade of Hilton Abu Dhabi, accompanied by Bhangra dancers poolside and a fabulous Indian spread.

  • When: 29 & 30 October 2022, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Where: Capila Pool Bar & Grill, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Yas Bay Waterfront, Abu Dhabi
  • Cost: AED 150 soft /AED 250 house drinks

Heading to Dubai? Catch all the Diwali action in Dubai over here

* Still TBC if there are any scheduled Diwali fireworks in Abu Dhabi 2023 – for refernece Yas Bay did NOT do Fireworks in 2022

More Indian Dining For Diwali

Unconfirmed on some of the exact specials for Diwali 2023, but if you’d like to experience some of Abu Dhabi’s finest Indian food and treats, you’ll be sure to find specials at one of these fabulous Abu Dhabi venues:

More Abu Dhabi Events in November

Abu Dhabi has an action-packed calendar of international events over the autumn months as the weather begins to cool, from Oktoberfest and Halloween celebrations to Disney on Ice and UFC at Etihad Arena, bringing you extremes of entertainment on Yas Island!

Check out our Abu Dhabi in October and November guides for plenty more suggestions on how to fill your autumn days in the UAE now that the weather is cooling and public events are back on the calendar!


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