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Updated 16 March 2022

Holi is the Hindu festival of colours that celebrates the arrival of spring, the end of winter. The Hindu community residing in UAE prefer to celebrate this festival by distributing gifts and sweets and attending Holi events where their friends and families zealously throw fists of vibrant coloured powders and water at each other to celebrate this special occasion.

Ex-pats and residents in the UAE can expect several activities and events on the occasion of Holi which can be attended by all. Here is all you need to know about the celebration of the Festival of Colours in the UAE.

Holi 2022 in UAE date and time

This year Holi will be celebrated on 18 March 2022, while Holika Dahan (also known as Choti Holi) will be observed on 17 March 2022.

The Holika Dahan muhurta, the auspicious time for burning the demon effigy – Holika on a bonfire is from 23:42 to 00:27 on 18 March 2022.

Holi celebrations in Dubai and UAE

Holi celebrations in the UAE share many similarities with those of the rest of the world, albeit with some minor differences. People attend Holi events to meet and interact with friends or family.

Singing and dancing is a key part of the Holi celebrations. People play with coloured powders and liquids, water guns and water balloons and return drenched and dyed. The cheerful festival is usually celebrated with music, dance and lots of colours.

A range of mouth-watering delicacies is prepared, including Punchranga pulao, Dhal maharani, medu vedai ki chaat, channa kachori chaa, Paneer diwani hand, Aloo gobi and many more. Sweet treats like the kesar gujiya, raisins and chironji nuts along with thandai drinks, are also served on the special occasion of Holi.

The UAE celebrates the festival of Holi by hosting several day-time festivities at public venues at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.

Best places to celebrate Holi 2022 in Dubai and UAE

With the easing of COVID-19-induced restrictions this year, residents and expats in the UAE can finally come out to play on the occasion on Holi. Here are a few recommended spots where you can celebrate Holi in the UAE:

Colour Splash 2022 – Ras Al Khaimah

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Colour Splash 2022 is an event that will take place on the occasion of Holi 2022. Organized by Marquee Tourism and Events, the fun-filled festive event will include scrumptious dining options and groovy music by some of the most popular DJs in the country. The event is scheduled for 19 March from 10:00 – 18:00 at the Color splash Beach zone, Al Marjan.

Rang Barse – Dubai

For a family-friendly and cost-effective option, you can attend the Rang Barse 2022 event hosted by Danube Group in Dubai. The festival will be offering an array of activities with great music, live DJs and Punjabi singers. Holi colour packs will be available for sale at stalls inside the venue, and guests can also expect a variety of food options. The event will be held at Creek Park Dubai’s Beach Area on 20 March.

Colour Fest 2022 – Dubai

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Souk Al Marfa is hosting an exciting event at its waterfront destination, including live performances, music, dance and a marketplace. Located at Deira Islands, the colour fest will be scheduled for Saturday, 19 March, from 11:00 – 18:00. Tickets for the fest are starting at Dh50 and can be purchased online.

Holi Hai – Dubai

Holi celebrations will occur at Zabeel Park’s Mega Ball Arena on 20 March from 10:00 am onwards. The event will be open to all ages and nationalities. Holi colour packs will be available for sale along with a selection of food and drinks. Entry fee will be charged at Dh30 – Dh60.

Colour Beach Party – Dubai

La Mer North Beach in Dubai is hosting the ultimate beach Holi event this weekend on 20 March from 10:00 – 22:00. With 12 hours of non-stop music, an exceptional line-up of DJs, good food, dance, and colour, the Colour Beach party promises to get you in the groove of the festivities and enjoy Holi this season. Children below 12 years will be granted free entry.