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    Onam: 7 Best Places In Dubai To Enjoy A Grand Onasadya

    Onam is a festival celebrated by Keralites around the globe. With the massive expat community comprising of Keralites in Dubai – the festivities have crossed borders to the UAE. What adds the cherry on top to the grandeur of the celebrations is the scrumptious “sadhya” which is a hearty meal of over 20 dishes served on a banana leaf. Most of the popular Kerala restaurants in the region serve Sadhya on Onam day as well as the following weekend in Dubai.

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    What Is Onam?

    Onam, also known as Thiruvonam, is celebrated to commemorate the spirit of the King Mahabali visits Kerala. It is a reminiscence of his incredible reign in his kingdom and his visit is said to have a blessing of continued prosperity in the lands.

    The Onam Sadhya 

    Kerala Sadhya is the staple meal of traditional Kerala Hindu weddings and during festival times.

    Traditionally, the sadhya comprises of 26 dishes but in contemporary times – you can find the following served on most meals such as: Rice, DalSambar, Rasam, Avial: A dense mixture of various vegetables and coconut, Erissery: A thick curry made from pumpkin, black-eyed peas and coconut, Pachadi: Sour curry made of yoghurt and usually cucumber., Pulisseri: A sour, yellow-coloured thin curry made with yoghurt and cucumber, Injipuli: A sweet pickle made of ginger, tamarind, green chilies, and jaggery, Thoran: A dish of sautéed vegetables Achaar: Pickles of raw mango (Mango pickle), lemon, lime etc, Pappad, Sharkara upperi: banana chips with jaggery, Kaaya Varuthathu: banana chips, Banana and Payasam – semi solid dessert

    Find out where you can relish some incredible sadhya in and around Dubai –

    1. Adaminte Chaya Kada

    Adaminte chayakada, Dubai, UAE

    This food destination has garnered quite the love for innovative twists to classic Kerala favourites. Quite a crowd puller on weekends, they have introduced a grand Kerala feast with their Onam Sadhya. With over 35 items on the menu with 10 types of Payasam (sweet dish). The sadhya would be available on Onam day (September 11th) and the day after (September 12th) from 12PM to 3PM and would be priced at AED 32 only. Additionally, there is also a takeaway option for those who wish to savour the meal at their homes.

    2. Mami’s Illam

    Mami’s illam, Dubai, UAE

    Popular vegetarian eatery Mami’s Illam is a cult favourite serving South Indian Favourites. This petite eatery is located in Discovery Gardens. True to the name, the restaurant screams all things traditional and they have been serving some delish sadhyas for 3 years. The meal comes with 30 dishes including payasams and is available from September 10th to September 13th. For just AED 33, you can either dine-in or takeaway (the banana leaf tags along as well).

    3. Dhe Puttu

    Dhe Puttu, Dubai, UAE

    Combined with a plethora of flavours – Dhe Puttu serves more than 20 varieties of Puttu, the lesser-known staple food of Kerala. The unique concept has earned them a lot of popularity since its opening. On the festival of Onam, they have launched their Onam Sadhya in addition to the wide range of Puttu in different flavours from the 11th to 13th of September with over 20 different dishes served on the leaf. As a matter of fact, we guarantee you would have your fingers licking in no time. Priced at AED 33 for Dine-in and AED 35 for Takeaway and its available on the 11th and 12th of September.

    4. Manchatti Restaurant

    Manchatty Restuarent, Dubai, UAE

    Feel-good food, just like home. That’s how a true Keralite would review what it feels like to dine in at Manchatti Restaurant in Karama that serves authentic Kerala cuisine. Some of the celebrities too, cannot stop gushing about his restaurant. Most of the dishes are served in claypots and the ambience is very homely. And there is no place like home to feast on some gratifying Sadhya. Priced at just AED 27 for dine-in, and AED 29 for takeaway and comes with almost 20 dishes to relish.

    5. Thakkaram Restaurant

    Thakkaaram, Dubai, UAE

    Thakkaram has been a restaurant that is THE place you are looking for true blue Kerala food. Serving up some of the most incredible dishes, this eatery in Garhoud is not only easy on the pocket, but also the taste keeps you wanting for more. On the occassion of Onam, for just AED 33 treat yourself to a full-fledged meal with about 25 different curries and sides to go with your rice and payasam.

    6. Calicut Paragon

    Calicut Paragon, Dubai, UAE

    There’s a likely chance you would have seen the crowd pile up at this place every Friday. Calicut Paragon has won accolades over the years for being the best in churning the most authentic, delicious Kerala food over the years. And they cannot go wrong in recreating some delicious sadhyas on the festival of Onam. Dine-in option available for the meal with Olan, Kaalan, Sambhar and other delicacies for just AED 35 on the 11th of September. In fact, you can choose between the Karama and Al Nahda outlets – whichever is closer is proximity. Besides, their sister concern Salkara Restaurants also serves Sadhya this Onam.

    7. Tamarind Terrace

    Tamarind Terrace, Dubai, UAE

    Tamarind Terrace in Karama is said to go an extra mile in serving kerala cuisine at extremely affordable prices. Be it the fluffy appams or the piping hot curries, they excel at it all. Their extravagant sadhya has over 29 dishes served for just AED 33 for dine-in and AED 35 for Takeaway. The meal is available only on 11th of September i.e Onam Day.

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    World’s largest tech show Gitex 2023

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    What is the theme of Gitex 2023?

    This is The Year To Imagine AI in Everything at GITEX – with artificial intelligence’s meteoric rise over the past 12 months affecting all aspects of our modern lives – the AI theme will weave seamlessly throughout the show.

    What is the entry fee for Gitex?

    So, let’s talk about the entrance fees for GITEX Global Dubai. While the cost of attending can vary depending on the type of pass you choose, it’s important to note that options suit different budgets and needs. For a basic one-day pass, prices typically start at around $299.

    What does Gitex stand for?

    of Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) is a global tech show, organised by, and taking place at, the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates.

    What are the benefits of VIP pass in Gitex?

    For those seeking a more exclusive experience, GITEX Dubai also offers VIP passes, which provide additional benefits such as fast-track entry, exclusive access to VIP lounges, and priority seating at conference sessions.

    What is the world’s largest tech show?

    GITEX GLOBAL 2023

    Described as the “world’s largest tech show,” the much-anticipated GITEX GLOBAL 2023 has opened doors for its 43rd edition in Dubai. Gathering technology creators, investors, enthusiasts and startups, the five-day event is hosting hundreds of companies, including renowned brands, to exhibit their latest products.

    What is the theme of technology in 2023?

    Artificial intelligence will become more prevalent in 2023 with natural language processing and machine learning advancement. Artificial intelligence can better understand us and perform more complex tasks using this technology. It is estimated that 5G will revolutionize the way we live and work in the future.

    What do you wear to GITEX?

    Wear Comfortable Clothes

    Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Sure it’s a business event and you need to put your best foot forward, but if you’re sweating so much you could wring out your shirt, and you can’t walk in a straight line because your new shoes are pinching, that’s not going to do it either.

    Who should attend GITEX?

    GITEX 2023 is expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees, including entrepreneurs, technologists, IT enthusiasts, and business professionals, making it an exceptional venue for meaningful connections and one-on-one discussions about the transformative potential of technology.

    What happens at GITEX?

    Gitex typically hosts a series of conferences, seminars, and workshops featuring industry experts, thought leaders, and innovators. These events cover various technology-related topics and offer insights into emerging trends and challenges.

    Where is Gitex Global 2023?

    The Dubai World Trade Centre, historically called Sheikh Rashid Tower, is a 38-storey and a height 184 m skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which was erected in 1979. It is a purpose-built complex for events and exhibitions. The building is featured on the 100 dirham bank note.

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    Largest tech and startup show in the world “Gitex”

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    Gitex-2023

    This year’s GITEX GLOBAL will be the 43rd edition of the most established and iconic large scale exhibition in the world – providing a gateway for tech creators, investors and enthusiasts to collaborate for over 4 decades.

    The surge in global demand has rallied GITEX GLOBAL – The world’s largest tech show, scaling even bigger this year across two mega venues, Dubai World Trade Centre & Dubai Harbour – covering a ground-breaking 41 halls of exhibition space, housing tech powerhouses & revolutionary startups within AI, Cybersecurity, Mobility, Sustainable Tech and much more.

    Get ready for 5 full days of enthralling conferences, live-action workshops, matched concierge networking and business partnerships as well as discovering the latest tech in use and unseen by the masses.

    Getting to Dubai Harbour from DWTC

    Shuttle Buses (FREE)

    Get to Dubai Harbour from GITEX GLOBAL with frequent and free shuttle buses that run all day, every day

    Time10:00 – 18:00
    FrequencyEvery 15 min
    Pick Up PointsArena Plaza (next to Hall 1) and Convention Gate (Hall 8)
    CostFree

    FAST-TRACK

    TaxiDedicated taxi pick up points at GITEX GLOBAL with a fast-track lane for all Dubai Harbour visitor.
    LocationTransportation Hub

    CAREEM (Discount)

    CareemUse your exclusive discount code for
    20% Off on all Careem Journeys (T&Cs apply)
    LocationPick up / drop o Transportation Hub
    CostCareem Code : ENS2023

    FAST-TRACK

    METRO

    METRO
    The fastest way to Dubai Harbour. Right outside Dubai World Trade Centre, take the Red Line metro to Al Khail station (10 stops), then jump on the free shuttle bus that will swiftly take you to Expand North Star in just a few minutes

    LocationWorld Trade Centre Metro Station
    TimeMetro schedule
    FrequencyEvery 2 minutes during peak hours
    Cost5 AED with NOL card

    Getting to Dubai Harbour from the city

    Metro

    Quick and easy jump on the Dubai metro Red Line and take our free Expand North Star shuttle from there to the Harbour.

    LocationAl Khail Metro Station
    TimeMetro schedule
    FrequencyEvery 2 minutes during peak hours

    Tram

    Travelling from JBR or Dubai Marina? Take the tram to Mina Seyahi Station and use our free shuttle service for the last few minutes of your journey.

    LocationMina Seyahi Tram Station
    TimeTram schedule
    FrequencyEvery 8 minutes
    Cost3 AED with NOL card

    Shuttle Buses – Hotels

    LocationGrand Millennium
    Signature 1
    Novotel
    Radisson Blu
    Media One
    W Dubai
    Al Habtoor
    Sheraton JBR
    Avani
    Westin Mina Seyahi
    Beach Resort
    TimePick up & drop o 09:00 – 19:00
    FrequencyDaily
    CostFree

    Taxi

    Door-to-door travel with drop off right in front of the Expand North Star entrance.

    Location : Dubai Harbour

    CODE IS APPLICABLE TO/FROM DUBAI HARBOUR

    CAREEM

    Book your ride via the Careem app and save 20% on your journey. (T&Cs apply) The drop off point is directly in front of the Expand North Star entrance.

    LocationDubai Harbour
    CostCareem Code – ENS2023

    Arriving to Dubai Harbour

    PARKING

    FREE PARKING

    700 parking spaces Head to SkyDive Dubai and cross the waters to Dubai Harbour using the free water taxi. Ahoy sailors!

    LocationSkyDive Dubai Parking
    Time08:00 – 20:00
    CostFree

    *FREE SHUTTLE BUSES AVAILABLE

    PARKING

    Park at Nakheel Monorail parking for the Dubai Palm and get on our free shuttle service direct to Dubai Harbour.

    LocationNakheel Monorail Parking Building Dubai Palm
    Time08:00 – 20:00
    Cost10 AED per hour

    Water Tax

    With a venue surrounded by water, what better way to arrive than by boat! Take the water taxi from SkyDive Dubai to Expand North Star.

    Metro Pick up

    Want to avoid Dubai traffic & jump on the metro? Take our free shuttle from Al Khail Metro station to connect you to Dubai Harbour.

    LocationAl Khail Metro Station
    Time09:00 – 18:00
    FrequencyEvery 15 min
    COSTFree

    BUGGIES

    Expand North Star buggies onsite will bring you from the Harbour parking and the water taxi station to the main entrance.

    LocationOn Site – Harbour
    Time09:00 – 19:00
    FrequencyEvery 5 min
    CostFree

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    Dubai Airport to be peak time; Passengers are advised to follow these instructions

    Dubai Airport to be peak time; Passengers are advised to follow these instructions

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    Dubai: As the holiday season draws to a close, the Dubai International Airport (DXB) is likely to experience heavy traffic. According to airport officials, 3.3 million passengers will pass through Dubai International Airport in the next 13 days.

    “The average daily traffic will reach 258,000 visitors. August 26 and 27 is expected to be the busiest time with over half a million guests arriving.” said in a statement issued on Wednesday. Passengers should follow special instructions to ensure a hassle-free journey.

    Upon arrival at Terminals 1, 2 and 3, passengers between the ages of 4 and 12 can use the special passport control counters to stamp their passports independently. For those traveling with families, passengers above the age of 12 can use the smart gates to speed up the passport control process. At the smart gates, registered passengers can clear passport control by looking for a green light without the need to scan a document, according to Dubai Airports’ website.

    Those arriving to pick up guests from the airport should use designated car parks or valet services. Access to the arrival forecourts at Terminals 1 and 3 is restricted to public transport and other authorized airport vehicles, officials said.

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