Top 7 Things To Do In Dubai This Weekend

Published May 15th, 2019 - 08:54 GMT
Ramadan is the most lively time in town
Ramadan is the most lively time in town (Shutterstock)

Ramadan marches forward, maintaining the tremendous vivacity and spiritual splendour that define the period. Educate yourself on the holy month with experts or attend elaborate dining experiences – there are many ways to join in all the fun.

We’ve narrowed down this week’s list with must-do activities that give you the best of Ramadan in Dubai, from sports and entertainment to cuisine.  Here are the top seven things to do in Dubai this weekend:

Lace up your sneakers

The anxiously awaited Desert Road Runners Iftar Challenge arrives this weekend. Organised by Desert Road Runners, Dubai’s oldest running pack since 1998, this evening run welcomes athletes of all ages and levels to take on a 5km distance along with a 2km path for juniors. Keep your fitness stride moving this Ramadan at Mushrif Park, a beautiful park with sprawling greenery and scattered lakes.

When: 16 May
Where: Mushrif Park
More info

Grab dinner and a movie all-in-one

Head over to Alserkal Avenue where the independent theatre Cinema Akil has transformed into Cinemajlis. Here, you can break your fast at Iftar with a spread of delicious South Asian bites by Project Chaiwalla followed by a critically acclaimed movie. The films screening this weekend include Julia Bacha’s courageous documentary Naila and the Uprising and Mohamed Al-Daradji’s unsettling drama, The Journey.

When: Naila and the Uprising: 16-17 May; The Journey: 17-25 May
Where: Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
More info

Explore how Ramadan is spent around the world

Muslims all around the world celebrate Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. While many religious practices are universal, different cultures and communities introduce their own rituals into the month’s observance. Thanks to the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD), you can learn about how diverse countries, cultures and socio-political environments determine what Ramadan looks like for others. Malls across Dubai will offer immersive displays showcasing these traditions to promote tolerance and learning.

When: until the end of Ramadan
Where: Malls across Dubai
More info

Experience a true Ramadan special

Al Majlis at Madinat Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s favourite Ramadan tents year after year. This bustling and lively destination brings the best of modernity and tradition, offering diners a delectable buffet of traditional foods, crowd-pleasing dishes and more. Take in its glamorous, Arabesque decorations and enjoy Madinat Jumeirah’s infectious spirit this weekend. Al Majlis is always in-demand, so be sure to book in advance.

When:  until the end of Ramadan
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
More info

Learn something brand new

The Rashid bin Mohammad Forum is a series of immersive activities, educational programmes, seminars and expert-led lectures held throughout Ramadan. Organised by IACAD, these free events introduce Muslims and non-Muslims alike to the breadth of Islamic practices and beliefs, coexistence and rituals. Learn the importance of Ramadan and make the most of this enlightening period to better engage with the country and culture around you. Sessions take place at diverse venues across town, including government buildings and mosques.

When:  until the end of Ramadan
Where: across Dubai
More info

Shop for the festivities

It’s never too early to get ready for Eid, but if you’re not of that mindset, then why not get ready for all the fancy Iftars and Suhoors you’ll attend this month? Two pop-ups – the Ramadan Trunk Show and Fabula Ramadan Market – take place this weekend, so head over to find the latest Ramadan trends, from fashion and accessories to crafts and homeware. It’s the perfect chance to explore unique finds for the gift-giving season or update your wardrobe with chic styles.

When: 17 May (Ramadan Trunk Show) & 17 May – 3 June (Fabula Ramadan Market)
Where: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Madina Mall

An Iftar fit for royalty

If you’re looking for more Ramadan dining options, Dubai Calendar has you covered. There are a great many tents and ballrooms to choose from that are bringing diners the best of the season. One grade-A event on our list is the Asateer Tent at Atlantis, The Palm. This glittering event (literally) pairs charming Arabian-style decoration and lanterns with the venue’s breathtaking location by the sea. Here, you can enjoy a buffet of delicious cuisine from near and far with a side of live oriental entertainment at Iftar and Suhoor.

When: until the end of Ramadan
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
More info

Copyright © 2019. Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

You may also like