Ramadan is not only rooted in self-discipline and introspection, but it’s also the perfect month to spend quality time with loved ones. To guide you on how to make the most out it, we’ve rounded up the nine best activities you can do with friends and family in Dubai.
Indulge in iftar – with a twist! Enjoy up to two hours of continental dinner delights as you cruise alongside cultural sites such as Dubai Museum, Heritage Village, Gold Souq, and more. Choose between the dhow’s lower or upper deck and soak in the beautiful sights as you break your fast.
Dhow Cruise, 055 728 5588, [email protected]
This cultural attraction features both classic and contemporary architecture that shows the beautiful contrast between the old and new Dubai. Catch a glimpse of the past as you take a stroll down the creek and enjoy its various shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Top tip: make a quick detour at the unique Starbucks branch and take that Insta-worthy shot.
Al Seef, Al Seef Village, Dubai Creek, 800-738245, alseef.ae
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding
Learn about the country’s history through SMCCU’s guided walking tour along the neighbourhood. Then, relish in the rich flavours of traditional Emirati cuisine through a cultural dining experience led by its very own local hosts. The motto Open Doors, Open Minds means that any inquiry – big or small – is welcome, so don’t hesitate to ask questions in order to make the most out of your experience.
SMCCU, House 26 & 47, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Al Musallah Street, Bur Dubai, 04 353 6666, [email protected]
Infinity Des Lumières
Watch the most iconic art come to life as you walk through the impressive 2,700-square-metre structure located inside The Dubai Mall. This attraction uses 130 projectors, 58 speakers, and 3,000 HD digital images, holding the record for the largest digital attraction in the region. Learn more about the life of Van Gogh or take a digital stroll across Japan through this surreal visual activity.
Infinity Des Lumières, Level 2 The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Financial Center Rd, 050 358 3001, infinitylumieres.com
If you prefer a more laidback Ramadan activity, meandering through Box Park on Al Wasl Road might be for you. It’s a modern lifestyle destination that offers unique dining and shopping experiences for everyone. And if you schedule your visit during the evening, you can also enjoy its lively atmosphere and colourful display of lights.
Box Park, Al Wasl Road, 800 738245, boxpark.ae
Dubai Water Canal
Take a relaxing post-iftar walk along Dubai Water Canal, where you can choose among various attractions along its path, such as watching a show at La Perle or cruise along its waters from Marasi Marina in Business Bay. If you prefer a more physical activity, you can bike along its cycle paths and take in the beauty of Dubai on your own time.
Dubai Water Canal, Sheikh Zayed Road, visitdubai.com
This unique Dubai landmark treats its visitors to a 360-degree view of Dubai’s past and present. Witness the amazing growth of the city through three different attractions showing its past, present, and future. Don’t forget to step on its interactive 50-metre Skydeck that will make you feel like you’re walking on air.
Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Za’abeel, Al Kifaf, 800 900, dubaiframe.ae
Take your shopping experience to the next level by visiting City Walk. This shopping establishment boasts modern, open-architecture that’s perfect for spending weekends with the family. Visit its trendy dining spots and overwhelm your senses with the endless array of flavours from around the globe.
City Walk, Al Safa St, Al Wasl, 04 590 5090, citywalk.ae
What better way is there to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan than by giving back? We suggest discovering the many government-recognised charities before creating a positive impact by donating or volunteering. You never know, your small act of kindness might just make a big difference.
See the full list of charities here.