Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is expected to begin in May this year (approximately the 15th May until the 14th June). The Holy month is a time when the otherwise frenetic pace of the city takes a slow, deep breath.
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.
Malls across Dubai during this time will have extended opening times and will host a range of activities from special events to sales. In addition there’s ARTE the Makers' Market where Ramadan-inspired handmade items will be on sale.
There are many other ramadan festivities that visitors can enjoy during this period.
There’s no better time to explore the culture and heritage of Dubai than in the fasting month of Ramadan.
These lesser-known options offer more than just a meal – they provide a distinct insight into Dubai's local culture, street life, traditional cuisine and the city's emerging cultural kudos.
To experience Ramadan like a local, check out these hidden gem Iftars and Suhoors
Learn about Dubai's heritage and culture with a tour to some of the most historical sites and air-conditioned museums in the city. Whether it's an Iftar walk through Old Dubai to break the fast, or a desert safari to a Bedouin-style tent in the desert, Ramadan offers up a unique side of the city that occurs just once.
Here's some itinerary ideas for your stay in Dubai during Ramadan