8 places to celebrate the Hindu festival of spring across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Known as the festival of colours, Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring, the end of winter, unshakable faith and purity of heart.
Flavours Of India
Flavours Of India at Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Dubai JBR will feature a spread of traditional and modern Indian dishes specially prepared for the occasion. There will be dazzling multi-coloured gulal alongside festive music and a live karaoke session to add fun to the festivities. Friday 18 March and Saturday 19 March, from 1pm to 4pm. AED139 per person.
Decorated in warm tones, terracotta archways, and ornate tapestries, Khyber transports diners to the classic Mughal era. Families can enjoy a four-course menu, traditional welcome drinks, and a delectable chaat counter. Delicious starters such as Makai Dhingri Barrah Kebab and Makhmali Paneer Tikka will kick off the evening’s dining experience. In contrast, family-style North Indian mains such as Shaam Savera, Mewa Ka Pulao, and Dal Bati will be enjoyed. Available Thursday 17 March to Monday 21 March, from 5pm to 11pm. AED 170 per person.
The festival of colours is here and you can celebrate the triumph of good over evil at the world’s tallest five-star hotel, JW Marriott Marquis. Savour a five-course menu featuring festive dishes from different regions of India. Friday 18 March, from 6pm to midnight. AED 250 per person.
GO: Call 04 414 3000 for reservations and more information.
With a brunch as vibrant as the festival itself, experience an all-you-can-eat Indian feast at Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers. A Thandai Bar will be serving rose and saffron flavoured Thandai followed with an array of dishes including Bhatti Ka Jheenga, Tangdi Kebab, Butter Chicken, Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani and Goan Fish Curry from the clay oven. Brunch-goers can also enjoy signature desserts such as Kesari Phirni, Rasmalai Cheesecake and live dessert counters serving Jalebi with Rabdi and Falooda with Kulfi. Sunday 20 March, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 175 (soft beverages), AED 300 (house beverages) and AED 375 (sparkling).
Head to the colourful all-day-dining restaurant at Yas Island Rotana for a fun weekend brunch and celebrate Holi with vibrant flavours, water guns, Holi colours, face painting and children’s activities. Saturday 19 March, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 225 per person.
GO: Call 02 656 4000 for reservations and more information.
Namak celebrates the Festival of Colours with an exclusive “Rang Barse” sharing menu. Expect a delightful culinary journey inspired by the vibrant colours and the enthralling beats of Bollywood. Available Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 March, from 7pm. AED 145 per person (inclusive of soft beverages).
Featuring vibrant spices, aromatic flavours and an array of specialist ingredients, experience India’s rich culinary history with an all-you-can-eat buffet in celebration of Holi. Stylishly laid out across Pepper Restaurant’s gleaming white countertops, the buffet will feature a Bombay chaat counter, tandoor live station and a selection of curries and rice dishes including chicken biryani, prawn jalfrezi and butter chicken. For dessert, you can expect carrot halwa, rasmalai, jalebi and gulab jamun. Friday 18 March from 7pm to 11pm. AED 139 (soft beverages) and AED 229 (house beverages).
Yas Island Rotana’s signature Indian restaurant showcases the depth of traditional Indian cooking this Holi. Savour Indian classics with an all-you-can-eat offering of uniquely prepared dishes whilst celebrating the most energetic extravaganza of the year. Available Friday 18 March to Sunday 20 March, from 6pm to 11pm. AED 159 per person.