The emirate is a terrific place to experience Arab food, culture and festivals. Travellers visiting here during the month of November may get a chance to celebrate Eid Al Adha, which is more commonly known as the Hajj Festival. While not as grand as the Ramadan Festival (Eid Al Fitr), there are still plenty of things to enjoy during this festival. The days leading up to the festival is filled with special offers and amazing sales. Eid Al Adha marks the climax of the Hajj Pilgrimage and occurs about 70 days after the end of Ramadan. It is celebrated on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhuj Hijia and is sometimes called the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ due to its origins.
According to Islamic lore, Prophet Ibrahim once prayed to God for a son, promising to sacrifice what he loved the most in return. He was soon blessed with a son, who would become the Prophet Ismail. One day he had a dream in which God commanded him to sacrifice his son, but while he was about to do so God sent him another message asking him to stop and sacrifice a sheep instead. Muslims commemorate this by sacrificing goats, cows etc. and distributing the meat among the needy.
The festival is celebrated with much fanfare, and is a day where people visit their families and friends. The Hajj Festival provides the perfect opportunity for foreigners to sample the best local delicacies. Tourists looking for Abu Dhabi luxury hotels with a traditional touch can try the Qast Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Considered one of the best Abu Dhabi hotels, the resort is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Set in the Liwa Desert, the ancient sand dunes form a romantic landscape that perfectly complements the hotel’s traditional Arabian décor. For those looking for an Arabian adventure, it is the ideal place to stay.