With Diwali right around the corner, preparations are in full swing in different parts of the world. However, a constant reminder at the back of all our minds is the never-ending coronavirus pandemic. A top official in Dubai, Mohammed Feras Arayqat has requested residents to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols while celebrating the Festival of Lights. The director of retail registration, retail & strategic alliances Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), told Gulf News, “Every member of Dubai’s diverse community of nationalities is invited to join in with the celebrations for the annual ‘Festival of Lights’ and experience the wide range of entertainment on offer while following all of the social distancing rules, wearing a mask and taking all safety and precautionary measures.”
He added, “As well as enjoying the outdoor entertainment and the perfect winter weather, revellers can also explore Dubai’s malls, which are offering lots of great retail deals on a wide range of traditional Diwali gifts as well as big name brands and much more.” Arayqat revealed that every arrangement has been made to make sure that venues hosting Diwali celebrations are cleaned and sanitized.
The official continued, “It is important that face masks are worn at all times and social distancing rules are observed in order to keep everyone safe and well during this special time of the year. We ask all members of the public to enjoy Diwali in a safe and responsible manner for their benefit and for the benefit of others.” He said residents and visitors can expect a great line up of celebrations, entertainment and activities across the emirate this Diwali. These include traditional fireworks displays, which take place at The Pointe on November 13 at 9pm, along with a special performance of The Palm Fountain. “There will also be fireworks shows at Global Village along with a fun-packed carnival of Diwali-themed entertainment on November 12 and 13. Visitors to Al Seef will be able to experience a unique schedule of daily entertainment created especially for Diwali with Bollywood dance shows in addition to a variety of retail and dining offers to discover,” Arayqat concluded.