For millions of Muslims across the globe, Eid Al Adha is a time to unite with family and friends for prayer and festive gatherings. Some families have journeyed to the UAE, particularly to Dubai, to mark the occasion with their loved ones. The first day of Eid Al Adha was observed by residents who attended morning prayers at mosques across the UAE on Sunday. Mosques and designated open areas known as Eid musallahs hosted these special prayers just after sunrise, with prayer spaces typically opening after the Fajr prayer.

Sameer Haziq is hosting a full house this Eid, as many relatives from India have traveled to the UAE due to their children's school breaks. He shared with Khaleej Times, 'This Eid, my house is packed. It's a full house with everyone catching up and sharing stories. My brother-in-law and his family are here from India. It's a day full of celebration.' He explained the influx of guests, saying, 'In India, children are on their summer break, and with the intense heat this year, many prefer Dubai for its comfort. Dubai offers a lot, especially during Eid.' He detailed the morning routine, where everyone dressed up and headed to the prayer venue. He also mentioned a gala lunch at his uncle's villa in Jumeirah Village Triangle, featuring sacrificial meat dishes like Kaleji masala, Biriyani, and Korma, followed by special desserts.

Residents also look forward to the spectacular fireworks, a signature of the festive celebrations in the country. Haziq added, 'This is one of our most significant festivals, and celebrating it with family and friends who have traveled here is special. After the mosque, we cleaned and decorated the house. In the afternoon, we'll visit relatives for lunch, and in the evening, we'll host a gathering at our place.'

Eid Al Adha is of great significance in Islam and coincides with the Haj pilgrimage to Makkah, which is obligatory for Muslims who are able. Palestinian resident Mays Alalem reflected on the festive preparations, 'Preparing for Eid involves elaborate rituals like salon visits and shopping for outfits, which excite my six-year-old daughter and me.' She also shared nostalgic memories of her childhood in Palestine, where they enjoyed a communal breakfast with traditional foods.

UAE resident Nora Hakim planned a different celebration this year due to the heat. She said, 'I'm going out this evening with friends to a board game cafe. We'll play games like Jackaroo, Uno, and Jenga, aiming for a relaxing evening.' She also mentioned her mother's Eid delicacies, including Kibbeh and Tabbouleh, and her intention to stay close to home to avoid traffic and enjoy quality time with family and friends.