Kalayaan 2024 in Dubai: 9 reasons you shouldn’t miss it

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Kalayaan is a Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai. JONATHAN YBERA/EXPAT MEDIA

With Kalayaan 2024 happening on June 9, we spoke with organizer Infinite Communities’ CEO and founder Elena Cruz on what makes it a must-attend event for Filipino expats.

“Kalayaan 2024 is more diverse in programming and participants, featuring a Korean Corner, Swapmeet, Tamiya, and a full-scale art competition, among other additions. This evolution reflects our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, aligning with Infinite Communities’ advocacy to unite people through shared passions,” Cruz told Expat Media.

“This year also marks a milestone – our 50th year of diplomatic relations with our host country – so there are plenty of reasons to celebrate,” she added.

Kalayaan, now on its third year, will be held on June 9, from 8am to 8pm at the Dubai World Trade Centre. It is co-presented by The Filipino Channel and Emirates Loves Philippines. Cruz shares her top 9 reasons why you shouldn’t miss Kalayaan 2024.

Largest Filipino community celebration

Kalayaan 2024 is a community celebration of Philippine Independence Day, considered the largest single-day Filipino community celebration outside the Philippines. The event features cultural presentations, musical entertainment, interactive booths and activities, a fashion show, and a concert. Consider it your yearly reunion, with thousands of Filipinos in the UAE expected to converge at the event. Foot traffic is expected to exceed last year’s record of more than 20,000 people. Best of all, entrance to the event is free!

Star-studded entertainment

Fans can expect a star-studded performance on stage by Linlang’s star cast Kim Chiu, Paulo Avelino, as well as new on-screen love team Jerome Ponce and Krissha Viaje of VivaOne. Plus, there’s also a meet and greet with Kim and Paulo at the venue. There will also be hourly performances from the UAE’s leading Filipino talents and cosplayers.

Filipino Food Festival

It’s not a Filipino fiesta without food so of course this year’s Kalayaan will have the full spread! Eight leading F&B establishments will offer the best of Filipino cuisine at the Filipino Food Festival section for your chance to sample traditional flavours.

Community parade

Kalayaan 2024 will start with the biggest Filipino parade of its kind, featuring thousands of participants from various walks of life, companies, organizations, and communities across the emirates. Leading cosplay stars will also perform and join the parade.

Pangkabuhayan Corner

Check out the business exhibits to get an idea of how you can possibly grow your money or income via responsible investment options such as real estate, franchising, and multi-level marketing in the UAE and the Philippines.

Mobile Legends Competition

Gamers, this is your time to shine. Flex those fingers and join the Mobile Legends Competition courtesy of leading international gaming company Moonton.

K-Pop, hobbies and art

K-Pop lovers will love the K-Pop Corner in partnership with Gulf Korean Times, while art lovers can participate in the Visual Arts Competition and exhibit by Fil-Arts Guild in the Emirates. RC car enthusiasts and collectors can head to the Tamiya and Swapmeet section for activities.

Learning Zone

If you’re interested in short courses to upskill or reskill yourself, or if you are looking for the best school for your family, check out the Learning Zone to get answers to your questions from leading Philippine schools and training institutes.

Prizes, games and more

Get your goodie bag ready because there will be loads of cool prizes to be won and freebies to collect from over 100 sponsors and community partners at the venue. No one leaves Kalayaan 2024 empty handed! ICA/PIA/Expat Media

Don’t miss it

What: Kalayaan 2024
When: June 9, from 8am to 8pm
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Contact: 050 3509745 or 050 7393152


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