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Diwali in Dubai
November 12th 2012
This year Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, falls on Tuesday 13th of November and Hindus all over the world celebrate the triumphant homecoming of Ram, his wife Sita and their brother Laxsman from a gruelling 14 years spent in banishment in the jungle. Story has it that the night the weary travellers were returning was one without any moonlight to show the way, so villagers excited about the homecoming lit small clay earthen ware lamps using oil and wicks to make it easier for the travellers to navigate their way back.
So you’ll see many houses in Dubai lit up with tiny diyas in rows re enacting what the villagers did. Houses are often spring cleaned during this period so that good luck and prosperity can visit in the form of Laxshmi, families share gifts of money and new clothes as well organize huge Diwali feasts where authentic Indian varieties of burfi (sweet fudge made from ingredients such as milk, coconut, almonds, cashewnuts and sugar) and desserts like ras malai (a soft cheese based milk dumpling soaked in cream and pistachios) and laddoos play a starring role. Read more
September 19th 2011
Gold prices too high and you still want something shiny? Take advantage of being in Dubai and just dip it ! The spot price of silver per troy ounce (around 31 grams) is only US dollars 40.00, compared to the gold price currently US dollars 1791 per troy ounce.
You could take any silver piece of jewellery or buy something new such a chain or simple bracelet from a silver shop in Meena Bazaar. House of Silver is a very well established and reputable shop, select your item, have it weighed, pay the going silver rate and then take it round the corner to Royal Crown Jewellery who’ll give you an idea of the cost of dipping your item or really gold plating it for you. Gold dipping is quite common in Dubai. If they’re not busy, they can do a same day service (sometimes takes only an hour or two, that you can spend having a snack at Rangoli Café on Cosmos Lane or simply browse around the fabric and accessory shops in Meena Bazaar) Read more