This month sees billions celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. And to mark the occasion, DXB is hosting its own party on Wednesday, November 7. India is the single largest destination for passengers from DXB.
Here we take a look at how the journey from Dubai to Mumbai and everything in between is closer than ever before…
India has long been the number one destination for passengers travelling to and from DXB. In August, as the airport recorded its highest-ever monthly traffic (8.37 million), more than one million of those journeys were made between India. It is almost double Saudi Arabia in second, with just over 600,000 trips.
This month, the number is only expected to grow as expats make the short flight home to celebrate Diwali with loved ones, while others will swap India for Dubai to mark the festivities here on holiday.
There are a whopping 19 destinations that seven airlines fly to from DXB with Mumbai, New Delhi, Cochin and Hyderabad topping the list for most trips. Last year, an incredible 58,740 flights were made between the two nations as passenger numbers increased 5.4 percent to 12 million.
That’s 1,130 flights carrying 230,000 people every single week.
With the large number of passengers zipping between Dubai and India comes an even larger appetite for top-notch Indian cuisine in the airport. And, DXB is a culinary wonder in its own right thanks to brilliant dining destinations like Adya. Translating to “Mother Earth”, Adya stays true to its name by bringing natural ingredients to life with lip-smackingly good food. The brand-new, easy-going restaurant opened in September aiming to deliver Indian street food to international travellers in a hurry thanks to its grab-and-go counter. You’ll find favourites such as sandwiches and wraps, only with a kick of Indian spice thrown in for good measure.
You can also fill up on a range of different Indian breads, pastries and delicious baked goods. Curries include channa masala and butter chicken with rice or parathas. There are chicken and vegetable biryani, too. Order a samosa, a fluffy American-style muffin and wash them down with a strong coffee — that’s your early morning pick-me-up on your way to Mumbai sorted.
Concourse C, Terminal 3.
More than 1,000 flights are made between DXB and Mumbai (formerly Bombay) every month. However, even if you’re not jetting off to one of the culinary capitals of the world, this is your chance to enjoy the city’s flavours. For us, the tandoori chicken naan is the Shah-Jahan of tandoors and probably India’s most famous barbecue delicacy. And we love it here. Other mains include pav bhaji, chola bhatura, kadi chawal and rajma chawal. Veg and non-veg combo meals are brilliant, too.
Departures, Terminal 2.
Diwali set menu
This special veg or non-veg feast is available on Wednesday, November 7 from the following outlets: Dubai International Hotel, Sky Bar, The Gallery, Cadiz Lounge and Tapas Bar and Cho Gao. The veg platter is served with malai kofta and miloni tarkari while the meat
includes seekh kebab Awadhi and tangri lasooni. Both platters also come with dal makhani, cashew pulao, roasted papad, green salad, rasmalai and a mango lassi.
Dhs69 (veg), Dhs79 (non-veg). Nov 7. Various locations throughout DXB.
Masale by Taste of India
This casual, canteen-style spot focusses on heart-warming dishes such as tandoori prawns marinated in yoghurt, ginger and garlic paste, lemon, chili, mustard oil and garam masala, before being cooked in a tandoor oven. The succulent shrimps are served with mint chutney, garlic chutney, onion salad and lemon wedges. A signature of the south, the masala dosa is made with rice and lentil flour, crisped to perfection and filled with mildly spiced potatoes, onions and curry leaves.
Concourse D, Terminal 1.
Diwali at Dubai Duty Free
This Diwali, treat your loved ones to gifts that celebrate quality, passion and dedication. Those are just three of the ingredients Puranmal prides itself on – a name synonymous throughout the region with well-loved Indian sweets and savouries. Its legacy stems from humble beginnings more than 90 years ago and has grown into one of the Gulf’s most established brands. Its vision has always been to provide products made with the highest quality ingredients using traditional recipes passed over generations. All sweets are produced in the UAE and are 100 percent vegetarian. Bestsellers include the dates berry and nut berry. Puranmal has 20 outlets across the UAE and has been one of Dubai Duty Free’s most recognised brands for 35 years.
Dubai Duty Free, various locations throughout DXB.
Diwali with DXB
If you’re passing through Terminal 1 on Wednesday, November 7 then keep your eyes peeled for four brilliant Bollywood dances. A team of seven will be moving and shaking in the atrium, using traditional costumes and props, including lamps, to symbolise the Festival of Lights.
Nov 7 6pm-8pm. Concourse D, Terminal 1.
Diwali with DDF
On Tuesday, November 6 DDF will host the Indian Consul General as part of its celebrations. At 11am Indian dancers will perform ahead of the DDF Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draw in Concourse B before a cake cutting ceremony. Staff will also be dressed in national attire while handing out sweets.
Nov 6 11am. Concourse B, Terminal 3.
Editorial courtesy of Time Out DXB