The upcoming event series presents a diverse collection of exclusive cultural experiences that individuals can cherish with their family and friends. These include delightful Iftars and Suhoors, enchanting Ramadan markets, captivating citywide lighting displays, and attractive retail discounts. Along with these, there will be a plethora of family-friendly entertainment options and hotel stays available to elevate the festivities to new heights.
These events promise to offer a unique and memorable way to celebrate the occasion and indulge in the spirit of togetherness. Whether you are seeking a traditional Ramadan experience or looking to explore new cultural traditions, this event series has something for everyone to enjoy and create lasting memories with their loved ones.
Ahmed Al Khaja, the CEO of DFRE, expressed his thoughts on the upcoming Ramadan in Dubai 2023, stating that “it is a special time of year to reflect and appreciate the blessings of life while creating cherished memories with loved ones. He further extended a warm welcome to everyone to experience the sense of togetherness and cultural moments that define the Holy Month in Dubai.”
“In collaboration with the government and private sectors, DFRE has crafted an exciting program of events and activities, world-class entertainment, and exquisite gastronomy that promises to make Ramadan in Dubai an unforgettable month. This year’s Ramadan events will showcase Dubai’s rich heritage and culture, providing opportunities for acts of generosity and charity while bringing people together to celebrate with their friends and family.”
Dubai is all set to embrace the festive spirit of Ramadan with stunning lighting installations that will adorn the city’s landmarks, roadsides, shopping destinations, and trees. The city will be transformed into a beautiful visual spectacle with a range of captivating displays that promise to enchant visitors.
The Dubai Festival City Mall will host a daily ‘Imagine Ramadan Projection’ at Festival Bay, while Al Seef will feature an interactive ‘Ramadan in Dubai Reflections’ building projection that will be complemented by beautifully lit lanterns.
Adding to the charm of the festivities, the ‘Ramadan Fireworks Nights’ displays will light up the skies on multiple occasions. Visitors can witness this breathtaking display of pyrotechnics on the 1st of April at The Beach, Bluewaters, and JBR, on the 8th of April at Al Seef, and on the 15th of April at Dubai Festival City Mall.
Oasis Mall is all set to host Ramadan at Oasis market from 22nd March to 21st April. Visitors can indulge in daily dates and kahwa after Maghrib prayers while shopping for an array of items such as honey, dates, Arabic sweets, and decorative items. The market timings are from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM, offering ample time for visitors to explore the market’s offerings.
For a relaxing break with family or solo, the Hatta Hub is an ideal destination to explore from 22nd March to 1st May. It offers an inviting ambiance to sample international cuisines, browse retail outlets, and enjoy evening entertainment. Visitors can relish the serene surroundings and create cherished memories during their visit.
The Al Barsha Park Ramadan Market, held at Al Barsha Pond Park from 22nd March to 1st May, is another must-visit destination. The market promises to offer a unique experience with an array of activities and shopping options for visitors.
Dubai offers a plethora of dining options during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Dubai Opera will provide a lavish buffet comprising of Arabic and international cuisine, while Asateer in Atlantis the Palm will offer a traditional Iftar and Suhoor. The Bulgari Ramadan experience will feature live food stations and live entertainment for Iftar and Suhoor.
For those who prefer outdoor dining options, Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection and City Walk’s Dana Tent offer alfresco Iftar and Suhoor options. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach will also provide Iftar and Suhoor at several of its restaurants. For a unique culinary experience, Carna by Dario Cecchini will host a rooftop Iftar on the 74th floor of SLS Dubai.
In addition to these dining experiences, the Ramadan Street Food Festival, which takes place from 31st March to 9th April, promises an authentic and traditional food experience during Iftar and Suhoor. The vibrant streets of Sheikh Hamdan Colony, Al Karama, will be filled with an array of delicious street food options for visitors to enjoy.
As part of its commitment to charitable causes, Expo City Dubai will launch Hattan, a clothing donation initiative featuring donation boxes decorated by young artists from schools in Dubai. From 22nd March to 22nd April, visitors can donate clothes to the boxes, with proceeds going to those in need.
Dubai Festival City Mall will offer shoppers exclusive rewards, including tickets to Bounce X, access to Glowland, an Al-Futtaim gift card, and a chance to win AED 200,000 through its Blue App. Visitors can also visit the Zehi Exhibition, where local businesses will showcase their curated products such as abayas, perfumes, jewelry, and home accessories.
Families can bring their children to Nakheel Mall’s AstroLab for free space, science, and art workshops from 24th March to 16th April. In addition, The Mad Scientist will perform two 45-minute shows (at 17:00 and 20:30) from 31st March to 2nd April.
Global Village’s Ramadan Wonders is the perfect destination for families and friends to enjoy a night out during the Holy Month. Visitors can indulge in the delicious cuisines of Iftar and Suhoor, browse the Ramadan Market, and visit the Majlis of the World.
On 23rd March, the Theatre at Mall of the Emirates will present Play: Dreams About The Grand Piano, a unique combination of poetry and music featuring actress Chulpan Khamatova and Latvian pianist Andrejs Osokins. Meanwhile, on 25th March, Movenpick JBR will host a special performance by Rob van Vuuren, presented by the Selfdrive Laughter Factory.
Fitness and Sports
To promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan, Dubai will host a variety of fitness and sports activities. The Polo Masters Cup, a six-day event that is part of the globally recognized Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, will be held at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club from April 3rd to 8th. This championship event will feature 6- to 8-goal handicap matches and will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
For sports enthusiasts seeking a challenging off-road endurance event, the Night Spartan Trail will be held at Jebel Ali Racecourse on April 8th. The Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will take place on April 13th at Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex, where participants can compete in categories such as running, cycling, padel tennis, jiu-jitsu, volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.
Dubai is offering a range of sports and fitness activities during Ramadan to promote a healthy lifestyle. The upcoming Polo Masters Cup will take place at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, while the Night Spartan Trail challenge will be held at Jebel Ali Racecourse. Additionally, the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will feature six categories of sports for participants to compete in.
The GRIT+TONIC Relay Triathlon, taking place at Al Mamzar Beach Park, is open to teams of two or three participants aged 12 and above. Participants can take part in swimming, biking, and racing challenges.
In addition, hotels and tourist destinations in Dubai are offering exclusive packages for affordable accommodation, discounted access to tourist facilities, and Iftar and Suhoor deals during Ramadan. With a wide variety of cultural experiences on offer this Ramadan, everyone can find something to enjoy and create special memories.
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