Many homes were decorated for the season with fences and driveways lined with webs, bats and pumpkins.
Residents dress up to celebrate Halloween. Photo by Ehaab Qadeer
As the curtain comes down on the spooky season in Dubai, happy residents come together to celebrate Halloween for the first time since many of the country’s Covid restrictions were eased.
Families across the empire celebrated the festival with great excitement. From Tokyo in Money Heist to the con from ‘Among Us, adults and children were seen dressed as various characters from movies, TV shows and even video games.
Many adults were encouraged to leave after witnessing Dubai’s cultural melting pot. Manisha Minocha, an expat from London, is a fan of multiculturalism in Dubai.
“The Springs people are doing an amazing job. I’ve never seen a Halloween House like this before – not in London or Dubai. So, in Dubai, we’re having a blast,” Manisha said while talking to Khaleej Times.
Many of the houses on the street were decorated – one with a yard and driveway lined with cobwebs, bats, and pumpkins.
Marta Marques, who is from Portugal, was the pure representative of ‘Maleficent’. Marques said that the weather in his country does not allow him to enjoy Halloween as he does in Dubai.
Marta Marques (Right) as Maleficent.
He believes in giving back to the community. Being a businessman in the market of Dr. Nicholas & ASP, Marques distributed bamboo toothbrushes to children at the event. She encouraged children to collect and eat sweets – but she wanted to drive home the message of brushing your teeth twice a day.
On the other hand, children were encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters to go trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods after the disaster.
Halloween is a night where one can look better or worse, and no one can ‘cast the evil eye’ on you.
Wendy, Loulou and Chunhe (aged 13, 12 and 8, respectively) brought their culture to the fore by dressing up as zombies from Chinese culture.
While Elias Ghrayeb, a nine-year-old traveler from Lebanon, dressed as a ‘Among Us’ character. Ghrayeb said that he dressed up as a famous video game character because “it’s really fun to play”.
Halloween is all about trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns and dressing up.
Daniel, a traveler from Slovakia, has been living in the country for a decade. He explains the difference in culture, saying, “Slovak people go around cemeteries and light candles.” Regardless, he didn’t hesitate to say that he and his family were enjoying Halloween “a lot”.
Daniel with his family.
He also hinted at other expats at the event wearing Mexican attire and appreciating the multiculturalism in Dubai.