6 Things To Do During Ramadan With Family And Friends

From sharing heartfelt Iftar meals to exploring the city's cultural offerings, experiences to enjoy with your loved ones during Ramadan.

by Priyanka Fernandes
6 Things To Do During Ramadan With Family And Friends

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and spiritual reflection, is a time for families and friends to unite and strengthen their bonds. In Dubai, where traditions blend seamlessly with modernity, countless opportunities exist to create lasting memories during this sacred period. From sharing heartfelt Iftar meals to exploring the city’s cultural offerings, here are six enriching experiences to enjoy with your loved ones during Ramadan.

1. Meleiha Desert

Meleiha desert
Image Credits: Meleiha desert , Ramadan In Dubai

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle this Ramadan at Mleiha Archaeological Centre, nestled in the tranquil desert. Enjoy a serene iftar meal in the lounge with family and friends. After breaking fast, engage in activities like carrom and kids’ play area fun. Capture memories with a photo-op and horse ride. Surrounded by the desert’s natural beauty, Mleiha provides a unique setting to reflect on the significance of Ramadan and bask in the serenity of the occasion.

Where: Meleiha Desert, Sharjah
When: 6:00 pm to 12 am; food service depends on Iftar timings
Cost: AED250 per adult and AED150 for kids between 5 to 10 years old

2. Hai Ramadan In Expo City


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Expo City Dubai’s Hai Ramadan is a celebration starting before Haq Al Laila, welcoming all with its name ‘Hai’ meaning ‘neighbourhood’ and ‘welcome’ in Arabic. Its diverse culinary experience offers regional and international cuisine for Iftar and Suhoor, complemented by a bustling night market. The festival at Al Wasl Plaza features a lively souk with handcrafted treasures and traditional attire. Children can enjoy immersive workshops while captivating performances by Rashid and Latifa symbolise the essence of Ramadan fasting as twilight descends. Don’t

Where: Expo City
When: March 9 to April 8 from 5 pm to midnight
Cost: AED 20 is the entry fee (additional charges for some activities and workshops)

3. Ramadan Markets

Ramadan Souk
Image Credits: Dubai Municipality

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, the bustling traditional markets are one of the most exciting aspects of this city’s cultural scene. These vibrant and family-friendly shopping events with colourful stalls and vendors selling all sorts of goods – from intricately designed kaftans to fresh and delicious dates. As you wander through the markets, the air is filled with the sweet aroma of local delicacies and the sounds of traditional music. You can also get henna designs drawn on your hands while exploring the local customs and immersing yourself in the rich culture of this beautiful city.

Where: Ramadan Souq, Old Municipality Street, Deira
When:  From 10 am to 10 pm until March 9,
Cost: No Entry Fee

Also read: Dubai Municipality Launches Ramadan Souq In Bur Dubai; Perfect For Shopping & More

4. Ramadan In Global Village 

During Ramadan, Global Village transforms with enchanting Ramadan Wonder decorations, setting the stage for a month of cultural festivities. Guests can immerse themselves in various Ramadan-themed shows, including performances by a 30-piece Arabesque Orchestra, violin players, and the mesmerising light show Kaleidoscope. The Majlis of the World offers traditional Ramadan experiences, while over 250 dining options cater to Iftar and Suhoor preferences. Enjoy a diverse lineup of performances, from oud and qanun players to traditional Tannoura dancers and close-up magicians. With extended hours from 6 pm to 2 am daily, Global Village ensures a delightful Ramadan experience.

Where: 38C5+F57 – Dubai
When: 6 pm to 2 am (new Ramadan timings)
Cost: AED27 per person; kids under three and adults above 65 are free

5. Ramadan Cannons

Cannon Firing
Image Credits: Visit Dubai, Ramadan In Dubai

During Ramadan evenings in the UAE, the sound of cannons marks sunset. In Dubai, the police operate these cannons at popular tourist spots. This tradition began in 10th-century Egypt to signal iftar. In Dubai, it dates to the 1960s when mosques lacked loudspeakers. The cannons, believed from 1945 Britain, endure alongside modern mosque announcements. Even though local TV stations may broadcast the firing of cannons every evening during Ramadan, witnessing this event life offers an unparalleled experience, immersing spectators in the rich cultural heritage and festive ambience of the occasion.

Where: Eid prayer grounds in Al Mankhool and Al Baraha, Madinat Jumeirah’s Fort Island etc
When: Every evening during Ramadan when the fast ends
Cost: No Fees

6. Shopping For Eid

During evening hours, visitors are treated to special events and experiences, including traditional art, giveaways, and exclusive offers. City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif offer 5% cashback in SHARE points on select items, while City Centre Mirdif features the Ramadan Sweet Corner with various sweet treats. Dubai Festival City Mall hosts a Ramadan tent at Festival Bay, food trucks and a night market at Bay by Social.

Where: City Centre in Dubai and Dubai Festival City Mall
When: 10 am to 10 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 12 am on weekends
Cost: No entry Fee

From serene desert iftars to vibrant Ramadan markets and cultural experiences at Global Village, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during the sacred month of Ramadan. Whether you’re witnessing cannons firing at sunset or exploring the city’s bustling shopping destinations, each experience offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Ramadan’s rich traditions and festive spirit. 

Cover Image Courtesy: Canva Stock Images and Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah

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