Last week, I participated in my first Eid Mubarak. It was absolutely one of the best times that I've had since moving to the UAE.
I searched the web for a while trying to find an accurate and acceptable translation for Eid Mubarak and this is what I found via ILM.com.
Eid refers to the occasion itself, and Mubarak means ‘Blessed’.
Throughout the Muslim world there are numerous other ways of greeting for Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr.
Eid is an Arabic term meaning “festivity” or “celebration.” Muslims celebrate two major religious holidays, known as Eid al-Fitr (which takes place after Ramadan), and Eid al-Adha (which occurs at the time of the Hajj).
It was quite festive around the Emirates. We had celebrations at work and within the city. The students all received a gifts, money, a huge feast, and had lots of fun. All of the mothers came out to support the school and I loved how everyone had a great time.
Because Eid Mubarak is a "holiday", we had days off from work. I originally wanted to take a trip out of town but I decided to hang out in Dubai instead. Dubai is an amazing city. It is so diverse and has lots to do. The shopping is abundant, the night clubs remind you of Miami Beach, LA, and even NYC. The general feel of Dubai is very welcoming to say the least. It's a city that has everything you want and in a variety of flavors.
Fortunately and unfortunately I was sucked into Dubai Mall. My intension was to go for two things; a camera cord and lunch. Wellllll, it turned into an entire day of shopping, eating, pictures, and socializing. Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world and for this reason, I should have known that dropping in for two things wasn't going to happen.
One corridor of Dubai Mall has all of the designer stores. Outside of the Hermes Store is this large Hermes bag that you can walk through. It's quite the attraction because many people stop for a picture; including my friends and me.
A true fashionista would have had a fantastic time in this corridor. It had everything from Tom Ford to Dior to Louis Vuitton. To my amazement, many of these stores were very crowded. The mall also has traditional stores like Bloomingdales, Tiffany's, Gap, and even Payless Shoes.
Snack time and break spots are needed in Dubai Mall. A quick coffee or cupcake does the trip every time. This is the cutest cupcake shop (they serve coffee too- YES!). The female workers wear pink wigs, pink trousers, and a black top. The seating area is pink and black and is positioned in front of the aquarium.
Before heading to Dubai, I stopped at Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi to get my list of spa treatments. After, I needed a little snack from Lips Cafe.
(BACK TO DUBAI)
I'm not sure if I can ever properly explain all things Dubai. The city is just extraordinary.
Of course the weekend had to end and back to work I went.
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