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Diwali in UAE is almost like in India, say expats

30-Oct-2016 :

Dubai: It is that time of year when some Dubai neighbourhoods resemble Indian streets with buildings decked in Diwali lighting.


Dubai was brighter than ever this weekend as hundreds of thousands of Indian expatriates from various states celebrated the Hindu festival of lights in its full grandeur.


Though the main day of the Diwali festival falls on Sunday, many made use of the weekend for celebrations and visiting friends and relatives. And for those from the southern states like Tamil Nadu, the main day of their celebrations fell on Saturday, letting them take advantage of the holiday in most private companies.



The facades of apartment buildings glow with lights which is a tradition for this festival.  Photo: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News



Several Indian schools and many private firms are closed today for Diwali, while many working in other places are taking leave to enjoy the festivities.


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