Dubai to Host a Two-Day Kite Flying Festival 'Basant Bahar' for Indians and Pakistanis
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Dubai to Host a Two-Day Kite Flying Festival 'Basant Bahar' for Indians and Pakistanis

A two-day kite flying festival, Basant Bahar, will be organised at Wahat Al Zaweya development on Dubai-Al Ain Road from 30-31 January 2020

Basant is an important festival in India and Pakistan, as it marks the beginning of the spring season every year and is celebrated with kite flying and traditional food. Keeping up with this South Asian tradition, Al Ghurair Exchange is organising a kite-flying festival in Dubai on 30th and 31st January 2020. Basant Bahar, organised in collaboration with several South Asian community groups in the UAE, will be held at Wahat Al Zaweya development on Dubai-Al Ain Road. Sharing details of the event during a press conference, General Manager of Al Ghurair Exchange, Syed Umar Farooq said, “The two-day festival will feature kite-flying competitions, traditional food stalls, music and activities for families and bachelors.” 

The event will also have DJs, live singing and drum beaters, and designed areas for people to have a barbecue party. There will be separate spaces for bachelors and families to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to participate. Al Ghurair Exchange will also be providing participants with hundreds of free kites along with gifts. 

Syed Umar Farooq said the key objective of holding the festival was to give Indian and Pakistani expatriates in the UAE a chance to celebrate their traditional basant festival, as it is a huge event in their home countries. “We are holding this event for the second consecutive year after massive response to the first festival last year,” he added.

The event was attended by around 5,000 people last year and this year more than 7,000 people are expected to participate. Rizwan Ashraf Rana, a representative of  Wahat Al Zaweya, said his company was happy to provide space for this important community festival. Basant Bahar will begin at 8 pm on 30th January and continue until 7 pm on 31st January. Some prominent members of UAE's South Asian community will also be invited as special guests. 

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.

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