Eid-al-Fitr Fireworks & Celebrations in Abu Dhabi 2024

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

Eid Mubarak!

The celebration of Eid-al-Fitr occurs at the conclusion of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The dates this special occasion will fall on will be determined by moon sighting committee, however, the exact days the public and private sector will take as holidays in Abu Dhabi are confirmed by the UAE Government.

In 2024, this public holiday will fall from Monday, 8 April 2024, to Friday, 12 April 2024; with weekends, many in the UAE will enjoy a 9-day break.

What do I need to know as a visitor to Abu Dhabi during Eid?

Eid Al Fitr celebrates the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. From Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3 (the 10th month on the Hijri calendar), Muslims worldwide mark the end of “sawm” – daytime fasting – one of the five pillars of Islam.

Eid al-Fitr is a festival for Muslims to show gratitude to Allah (God) for the help and strength he gave them throughout the month of Ramadan to help them practice self-control.

Muslims will gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two units of prayer – called “Rakat”. The prayers are followed by a sermon in which the Imam asks for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for everyone worldwide.

Along with exchanging Eid greetings and feasting with family, another important element of the Eid celebrations is giving money to the poor (known as ‘Zakat al-Fitr‘).

Gift-giving among family members is also commonplace. Not quite like Christmas for Christians, but along the same lines of giving and receiving. Commonly referred to as Eidi, elders give children money or gifts to mark the occasion.

There is nothing specific visitors to Abu Dhabi really need to observe during Eid. However, it’s important to note it can be a very busy time of year, and hotel prices can rise as a result of a lot of local families choosing to staycation at this time of year.

The polite greeting to use at this time is “Eid Mubarak”.

Confused over which Eid?

The second Eid, which is actually the holier of the two Eids celebrated by Muslims around the world, is Eid-al-Adha (Eid ul-Adha) – Festival of the Sacrifice.

Eid Al Adha occurs on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijjah, which is the 12th and final month in the Hijri (Islamic) calendar.

Arafat Day and Eid Al Adha are expected to fall from 15 to 18 June 2024 (subject to moon sighting)

This will be another long weekend for public and private sector employees, a minimum of 4 days.

Events During Eid Al Fitr 2024 in Abu Dhabi

Where Can I Watch Eid Fireworks in Abu Dhabi

The annual fireworks will go ahead at the following prime city locations and several venues around the Emirate:

  • On Yas Island, over Eid, there will be three fireworks displays at Yas Bay and Yas Marina. You can also get great views from Al Raha Beach – Al Muneera and Al Bandar. (10-12 April 2024)
  • Huydayriyat Island – a new location, you’ll find waterfront fireworks from 9:00 PM (10 April 2024)
  • Al Maryah Island the waters outside the Galleria are expected to once again wow the crowds in the city with a 9:00 PM show (dates TBC)
  • Al Mugheirah Bay – situated 90 minutes west of the city on the coast, the skies over Khor Al Bazim lagoon waterfront retail and residential community will light up from 9:00 PM (10 April 2024)
  • Al Ain Hazza Stadium will offer a family-friendly event with seating for a wonderful show at 9:00 PM (10 April 2024)
  • Madinat Zayed and Ghayathi in Al Dhafra (9:00 PM 10 April 2024).
Eid Fireworks at Mugheirah Bay

Dining and nightlife events Eid al Fitr 2024 in Abu Dhabi

Unlike days gone by when religious holidays in the UAE meant “dry days” were announced, since 2018 the Abu Dhabi Department of Tourism has placed no limitations on hospitality venues in Abu Dhabi. You can expect drinks service to continue as usual over the Eid break. Look out for these advertised events:

Learn more about what’s happening in Abu Dhabi over Eid and April here.

Eid Concerts on Yas Island

Eid at Al Hosn

  • A 2-day festival on 10 & 11 April will include Al Ayalla performances, F&B pop-ups and Eidiya Giveaways.

Eid Surprises on Al Maryah Island

  • We await news of whether this activity will return in 2024.

Offers and shopping deals for Eid Al Fitr in Abu Dhabi

Aside from the religious aspects of Eid, this holiday is also synonymous with local shopping deals in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Expect to bag a bargain at the shopping malls and get one early, as the crowds can be crazy come evening at popular venues.

Look out for deals such as:

Further Public holidays in Abu Dhabi and the UAE

You will want to be aware of these calendar dates for the remainder of 2024:

  • Arafat Day and Eid al Adha: 15 June to 18 June 2024 (4 days)
  • Islamic New Year: 7 July 2024 (possibly Monday 8th will be the public holiday)
  • Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) Birthday: 15 September (not always a public holiday, but possibly Monday 16th will be called)
  • Commemoration Day: 30 November, though this may be observed on a different date or joined with Union Day
  • UAE Union (National) Day: Monday, 2 December and Tuesday, 3 December (fixed date)

You can find a full listing of Abu Dhabi’s public holidays and school holidays here

Before you go… Important things to consider when planning a trip to Abu Dhabi


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