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Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is considered India’s most important holiday of the year and celebrated by its citizens with grandeur wherever they are in the world. In the UAE, the national festival is commemorated with spectacle and tonnes of exciting and fun activities for all families and friends to enjoy.

Indians comprise the country’s biggest expatriate community, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of the Arab state’s total population. With Indian expats in the country now numbering 3.42 million as per available estimates, it is no wonder that retail outlets and malls mark the special occasion with the best deals and incredible promotions. Amidst the spectacular offers, Diwali is always the perfect time to do your shopping. 

If you are still looking for the best shopping extravaganzas in the UAE, specifically in Dubai, you need not look far and wide. We have compiled a short list of must-visit places in the emirate during Diwali where you can grab the most festive promos. Check out our handy guide below:

  • Dubai Festival City Mall: The mall hosts the night market Ripe By the Bay, where an extensive array of handmade accessories, fashionable clothing, artworks and other items are on display. You may even have a chance to join the raffle draw and win grand prizes while visiting the mall.
  • Grand Excelsior Hotel Bur Dubai: A thrilling Diwali Bonanza is happening at the hotel on October 29. The bonanza will feature exclusive deals and impressive freebies.
  • Jewellery stores: During this festive occasion, visit your favourite jewellery outlets to avail yourself of unbeatable deals and discounts. You can even win amazing prizes whilst shopping.
  • Dubai Mall, Deira City Centre and Mall of Emirates: Nothing can beat these three malls when it comes to Diwali shopping.
  • Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali: This place is one of the shoppers’ favourite destinations during Diwali, and for good reasons.

After your shopping spree, post your reviews to Raayi app, the leading recommendation and review hub, or create your list of recommendations via the platform’s curation feature to guide other users as well. You are also ensuring that they will have the best shopping experience whilst celebrating the Festival of Lights.

Enjoy and don’t forget to follow the safety and health protocols for safe shopping.