Ramadan in Dubai: 19 Delightful Activities

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Dubai transforms into a captivating spectacle during Ramadan, offering a unique blend of traditional celebrations, dazzling displays, and special offers for residents and visitors alike. If you’re planning a memorable Ramadan experience with family or friends, this vibrant city has something special in store for everyone. From exploring Ramadan markets brimming with treasures to indulging in delectable iftars and embarking on thrilling adventures, here’s a curated list of 19 Ramadan activities not to be missed in Dubai:

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19 Ramadan activities in Dubai

1. Discover Gems at the Artisan Market (March 18 – April 15): Hunt for the perfect Eid present or indulge in retail therapy at the Artisan Market located along the stretch between Allo Beirut and Saya restaurant at City Walk. This pop-up market boasts a delightful collection of handcrafted treasures, including personalized jewelry, unique home décor items, and custom-made outfits.

2. Tee Off at Topgolf Dubai: Calling all golf enthusiasts and novices! Topgolf Dubai’s Ramadan package caters to golfers of all skill levels. Enjoy a thrilling two-hour game session with up to six friends, followed by a delectable feast featuring Arabic or Western delights. The Arabic menu boasts classic dishes like hummus, baba ghanoush, and grilled meats, while the Western spread offers favorites like buffalo wings and Korean BBQ. (Price: AED 1,499 per bay, including two hours of golfing)

3. Get Your Art Fix at Jameel Arts Centre (March 16 & 23): Immerse yourself in the artistic spirit at the Jameel Arts Centre. Participate in two themed evenings titled “Ramadan Nights of Shared Traditions.” Explore captivating exhibitions, attend insightful art talks, and engage in workshops led by talented UAE-based artists. (Entry: Free; Workshops have limited capacity)

4. Embrace Fitness with UFC GYM Middle East (March 16): Start your day on a healthy note with a one-hour MMA beach workout session hosted by UFC GYM Middle East at Rixos The Palm Dubai on Saturday, March 16th. The session starts at 10 am, and registration includes access to the pool and beach all day, along with food and drinks until 6 pm. (Price: AED 249)

5. Explore the Enchantment of Ramadan Markets: Dubai comes alive with traditional open-air markets during Ramadan. Explore a kaleidoscope of vibrant stalls at Expo City’s “Hai Ramadan,” featuring over 20 food and shopping outlets offering everything from handcrafted souvenirs to delicious treats.

6. Savor an Authentic Iftar at Vietnamese Foodies: Embark on a culinary journey to Vietnam with a special four-course iftar menu at Vietnamese Foodies. Chef Lily has curated a delightful selection of healthy vegan, gluten-free, and signature dishes. (Price: AED 109 per person)

7. Luxuriate in Iftar and Suhoor at Lapita Hotel: Indulge in a lavish iftar experience at Kalea Restaurant, featuring delectable dishes like lamb ouzi and lamb mansaf, accompanied by the soothing melodies of live oud music. Enhance your Ramadan experience with a relaxing staycation at the Lapita Hotel. This package includes iftar and suhoor meals and entry to your favorite theme park at Dubai Parks and Resorts.

8. Immerse Yourself in Theatre at Zabeel Theatre: Catch captivating theatrical performances throughout the month at Zabeel Theatre. From hilarious Farsi plays like “The Mailman” to stand-up comedy shows and captivating Russian dramas like “Surprise,” there’s a performance to suit every taste. Children can also enjoy a variety of engaging workshops. (Prices vary)

9. Fun-Filled Weekends for Kids at Times Square (March 15 – April 7): Keep your little ones entertained at Times Square Center every weekend during Ramadan. Children under five can participate in exciting activities like lantern decorating, face painting, and wall doodling. Older kids can unleash their creativity with candleholder and coaster painting, finger crocheting, and henna stencil designing.

10. Beat the Heat with a Day at Ski Dubai: Experience a cool Ramadan adventure at Ski Dubai. Enjoy a full day of snow park fun with unlimited rides and attractions. Choose one complimentary activity from the Penguin Encounter, Ski or Snowboard Discovery Lesson, or Slope Pass, all for just AED 295. Looking for a family outing? Grab the five-for-four deal with Ski Dubai’s Ramadan Family Pass (AED 1,200). (Prices start from AED 295)

11. Spark Curiosity at OliOli (March 11 – April 12): Make learning an adventure for your children at OliOli, the experiential museum. Enjoy a discounted Family Pass when you bring two children (and two adults). Explore interactive exhibits and engaging activities that spark curiosity and creativity in a fun and stimulating environment. (Price: AED 249 for two children and two adults)

12. Shop and Explore at the Ramadan Wonder Souk: Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at Global Village’s Ramadan Wonder Souk. Discover a delightful array of offerings from various pavilions, each showcasing their unique cultural treasures. Be captivated by the enchanting melodies of the Arabian Orchestra gracing the main stage. Witness the unique tradition of the Ramadan cannon signaling iftar time. Embark on a culinary journey with global flavors during iftar and suhoor feasts. (Daily, 6 pm – 2 am during Ramadan)

13. Unwind with a LEGOLAND Hotel Staycation: Plan a memorable Ramadan staycation with the LEGOLAND Hotel. Enjoy a 40% discount on stays, daily breakfast or suhoor meals, and access to either LEGOLAND theme park or water park for the duration of your stay. Let your imaginations run wild and create lasting memories with your family. (Daily during Ramadan)

14. Make a Splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark (until March 25): Make a splash at the family-friendly Wild Wadi Waterpark. UAE residents can enjoy a 40% discount on online bookings until March 25th. Take a thrilling ride down the park’s 30 slides and cool off in the refreshing waters. Feeling peckish? Upgrade your experience with the “All You Can Eat” package for a delightful array of snacks. (Adult Day Pass: AED 240; Child Day Pass: AED 220; All You Can Eat Package: Adult – AED 70, Child – AED 60)

15. Catch a Blockbuster at Roxy Cinemas: Experience the magic of cinema under the stars at Roxy Cinemas. Catch the latest blockbusters like “Barbie,” “Oppenheimer,” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” in a luxurious setting. Enjoy a variety of movie snacks like popcorn and shawarma during your cinematic experience. For an elevated experience, opt for a Platinum or Gold screening, which includes a delectable two-course or three-course set menu featuring mouthwatering dishes. (Prices vary)

16. Witness the Dazzling Ramadan Fireworks: Be mesmerized by the vibrant spectacle of Ramadan fireworks illuminating the Dubai skyline. Find a strategic location from our curated list of Ramadan fireworks shows in Dubai and witness the dazzling display of colors dancing across the night sky.

17. Family Fun at Ripe Market (Saturdays & Sundays): Explore the vibrant Ripe Market with your family. Support local brands while your children participate in engaging activities like arts and crafts, workshops, and storytelling sessions featuring enchanting Ramadan tales. Enjoy delicious food from a variety of homegrown eateries at the market during iftar time. (Entry: AED 5; Timings: Saturday – 9 am – 9 pm; Sunday – 9 am – 7 pm)

18. Unwind at Farrago Bar & Lounge’s Ramadan Bazaar: Experience a delightful Ramadan bazaar at Farrago Bar & Lounge. Enjoy a fun-filled atmosphere with board games, a charming garden suhoor setting, and traditional activities. Collaborations with Akhu Manoushe and Bachir Ice Cream ensure a delightful culinary experience. Grab a souvenir Akhu Manoushe T-shirt to commemorate your visit. (Daily, 9 am – 2 am)

19. Laser Light Show at Riverland Dubai (Wednesdays to Sundays): Be captivated by a mesmerizing laser light show at Riverland Dubai every Wednesday to Sunday at 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm, and 9.30 pm. Enjoy a delectable iftar feast featuring traditional Emirati fare like chicken machbous at Al Mashowa restaurant. Witness captivating live entertainment by an oud player or a Tanoura dancer between Friday and Sunday. (Fridays to Sundays – Live Entertainment)

So, with this diverse range of Ramadan activities, experience the magic of the holy month in Dubai! From cultural explorations and delightful culinary experiences to thrilling adventures and family-friendly fun, Dubai offers a truly unforgettable Ramadan for everyone.

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