Ramadan is a time when Dubai quietens down for a month of reflection, giving and faith. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do – there are actually plenty of fun things to do in Dubai for Ramadan this 2018. The nightly Iftar and Suhoor feasts are definitely a highlight! Check out our top ten list below, make some time to be with your friends and family and share in the spirit of Ramadan this year!
1. Enjoy a traditional Iftar or Suhoor
An Iftar meal is of the must-do experiences of the season and one of the most fulfilling cultural experiences to enjoy. They are a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditions of Islam, and experience the warmth of Emirati hospitality at its best. Iftar is the meal that breaks the day’s fasting at sunset, and is a special time for friends and family to get together, relax and refresh. These dinner events often go long into the night, and are one of the most fun things to do in Dubai for Ramadan.
The Iftar at the Palace Downtown is one of the more famous in town, and you can even hear the canon fire marking sundown each night which adds to the atmosphere. Further south, Atlantis on the Palm is also well-regarded for putting on an Iftar feast of epic proportions.
Another option to try is Suhoor which is the pre-dawn meal, held in the early hours of the morning. This is traditionally held to give strength for the day of fasting ahead, and families often gather to pray.
2. Shop the sales
Make the most of the air-con in the malls and make your way through the extensive Ramadan deals! Check your favourite stores for deals or simply browse the malls and see what takes your fancy. The new addition to Dubai Mall’s fashion avenue offers even more reasons to explore. Perhaps you could pick something up something new to wear to your Iftar event?
3. Soar through the sky with Seawings
Celebrate the best of the Emirates with a thrilling seaplane flight, you’ll get to take in all the world-famous landmarks that put Dubai on the map, and gives you a sense of how far the Emirate has come. Enjoy quality time with the kids and point out your favourite landmarks. The Burj Al Arab and Palm islands look amazing from the sky, you might even be able to find your home! Take time out with the family and see the city from a unique perspective.
4. Escape reality at the new VR Park
Take yourself out of this world at the new virtual reality park in Dubai Mall – go on an action packed mission with the action character John Wick or travel across the city without even going outdoors! It’s the perfect indoor activity for when you feel like you need some action without breaking into a sweat, plus it’s a fun thing to do in Dubai for Ramadan in 2018.
5. Learn about the city’s heritage
Take some time to learn more about the culture of Dubai, and hear about the traditions of the city. A private heritage tour throughout the back alleys of Al Fahidi and trip across the Creek on a traditional Abra ferry brings the history of the city alive. It’s also a fascinating part of the city to explore, with the nightly Iftar events playing an important role in these old communities. Another great place to visit is the Etihad Museum which has insightful exhibitions about the formation of the Emirates. Check out our private heritage tour here!
6. Check out La Perle
La Perle is a celebration of Dubai and tells the story of the city through a spectacular show of dance, music and jaw-dropping acrobatics. Take the family for a colourful night out with a difference, and prepare to be captivated by the performance that you can only see here in Dubai.
7. Make it a movie date
Escape the heat this Ramadan and take it to the theatre to check out one of the latest summer movie releases. There’s a bunch of cinemas across the city – catch a regular blockbuster at one of the Reel Cinemas across the city or make a trip to like Cinema Akil in Al Quoz to see a rare arthouse film. Just be sure to book in advance.
8. Rejuvenate with a spa day
Many of the resorts and spas around town will run special promotions during Ramadan, and you’ll be able to find some great day spa deals. Ramadan is a time for caring and sharing, so why not take some time out to care for your body and keep it in tip top shape? Keep an eye on resort websites for packages, and make it a date with your friends.
9. Visit your local art gallery
Ramadan is a great time to learn about art and culture, take some time out at some of the galleries that showcase local artists. Alserkal Avenue often has tours and workshops in the weekend, including more interesting skills such as Calligraphy. The D3 Design District will also have art on display, make a day of it then grab dinner in a nearby cafe after sundown.
10. Give back to the local community
Ramadan is a time of giving, and there are plenty of organisations that are looking for extra volunteers or donations. Popular initiatives from previous years include free community fridges, food drives and care packages for overseas workers. If you haven’t volunteered before it’s worthwhile to give it a go! Many volunteers find this the most fun thing to do in Dubai during Ramadan and end up returning year after year to help out.
We hope that you found plenty of inspiration for fun things to do in Dubai for Ramadan 2018.
Why not make it a Ramadan to remember and fly with us this year? Get in touch with our friendly team and book in for a beautiful experience to share with your friends and family. If you’re looking for Eid al Fitr getaways check out our blog on some great destinations from Dubai here.
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