See Dubai come to life after sundown during Ramadan
Ramadan in Dubai is a magical time, when the city embraces its Arabian traditions. The quieter pace of the daytime invokes a spirit of calm and introspectiveness – but after sunset, the city comes to life with a festive buzz. Quirky, one-off events occur all over town, while many malls teem with special activities and themed entertainment until after midnight. Whether it’s late-night shopping, Iftar feasting, or arts and culture events, don’t miss our top picks for late-night adventures this Ramadan.
Ramadan Night Market
This massive shopping expo has been drawing crowds to its Dubai World Trade Centre location for years. The ten-day event offers great deals on everything from fashion and homewares to electronics and even handicrafts. There’s an on-site food court, as well as separate kids’ play area to keep the little ones happy.
June 1-10; 8pm-2am
Dubai World Trade Centre – Hall 7 & 8
Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue
Dubai’s trendy arts precinct is hosting a series of cultural events through the month. Highlights include Nadi Nights (an Iftar dining experience combined with a crafts market); board games every Saturday and Sunday; rubab (Arabic lute) music on Mondays and Tuesdays; and late opening hours and gallery tours on Wednesday evenings. Venues within the Alserkal area will also independently offer special Ramadan activities such as art workshops, film screenings and unique design-led Iftars.
May 27-June 24
Entry: Free, charges apply for specific events
Ramadan at the Malls
During Ramadan, malls across Dubai will have extended opening times and will host a range of activities from special events to sales. There’s three times the fun for little ones at Dubai Mall, where kids can access Kidzania, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Dubai Ice Rink with one easy pass, saving up to AED110 off regular ticket prices. Mercato Mall is hosting a plethora of events geared toward charity and entertainment throughout the holy month, including a henna tent, children’s workshop, Ramadan storytelling events and more. In addition there’s ARTE the Makers’ Market where Ramadan-inspired handmade items will be on sale.
At Dubai Festival City, an art showcase called the Artists for Change Exhibition by Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative will feature four prominent Emirati artists in the effort to raise awareness for disadvantaged artisans and promote their talent. Also, don’t miss the chance to taste Arabian coffee in the main festival square every night from 8pm.
Daily throughout Ramadan
Various malls throughout Dubai
Ramadan Nights by Dish
Back for the second year running, this popular pop-up Iftar feast in an Al Quoz warehouse boasts an updated menu and décor. Tuck into a sharing-style gourmet three-course menu featuring delicious dishes such as slow-braised lamb shoulder in Middle Eastern spices and citrus mousse with pink grapefruit curd centre, in a Moroccan-inspired fairytale setting.
Daily, throughout Ramadan
Warehouse Four, Al Quoz
AED195 per person
Ramadan Nights at Rise
Culture, food, entertainment, and shopping intersect at this hidden gem of a venue, Dubai Creek Harbour. The Ramadan pop-up will not only have lavish Iftar and Suhoor buffets featuring traditional delicacies, but also an array of creative workshops such as Eid card making and Islamic pattern making. Kids also get to enjoy book readings, while there are board games for grown-ups, as well as a pop-up boutique offering a curated selection of products. Music and entertainment by local performers sets the scene.
Daily throughout Ramadan, sunset onwards
From AED125 per person
Dubai Creek Harbour, Ras Al Khor
Ramadan Night Run
To work off all the festive feasting, join the locals in this one-night-only community fun run taking place on June 9. Three-, five-, and ten-kilometre routes will be set at the Dubai Autodrome location, with all participants receiving specially crafted medals, and being entered into a raffle draw. It’s suitable for all fitness levels.
June 9, 10:15pm onwards
Dubai Autodrome AED95 onwards
Ramadan Night Bus
Hop onto a tour bus with City Sightseeing every night in Ramadan for an alternative look at the city. Starting from the popular hop-on, hop-off bus tour’s many locations, you can embark on a different journey through Dubai shortly after sunset. The bus will take you through to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood for a 2-km walk through one of Dubai’s oldest areas. You’ll also stop by the XVA Art Gallery for a little artistic inspiration, and the Coffee Museum for an Arabian caffeine fix, before ending at the abra station near the old souk. Along the way, a helpful guide will explain the importance of Ramadan and will answer any questions you many have.