‘Ramadan in Dubai” to put spotlight on month of reflection through unique citywide cultural experiences
Highlights include Dubai International Holy Quran Award, Dubai Ramadan Forum, Ramadan Tents, Ramadan Night Market and numerous community and charitable activities
‘Ramadan in Dubai’, an annual social and cultural campaign organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), is set to further enhance the emirate’s position as a year-round family tourism destination through a line-up of unique offerings at its 5th successive edition this year.
As a citywide initiative, ‘Ramadan in Dubai’, due to commence on 19 June, will give residents and visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience and understand the uniqueness of the Holy Month of Ramadan through numerous cultural, community and family-oriented events based on Islamic values, tradition and culture. ‘Ramadan in Dubai’ is part of the wider Dubai Summer Calendar drawn up by DFRE, and which is aimed at showcasing the emirate as a top family tourism destination during the summer.
With Dubai being home to people from different cultural backgrounds and faiths, ‘Ramadan in Dubai’ is also an opportunity to promote cross-cultural understanding, and enlighten people from non-Muslim communities on the Islamic faith and provide valuable insights into this month of reflection and self-restraint. Further, “Ramadan in Dubai” has also galvanized Dubai’s retail sector into coming up with a number of special offers, deals and discounts aimed at capturing the attention of Ramadan shoppers.
Announcing the Calendar of Events of ‘Ramadan in Dubai 2015’, H.E. Laila Mohammad Suhail, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: “By launching the fifth edition of ‘‘Ramadan in Dubai’’ we aim to give everyone an opportunity to savour a fascinating citywide experience that highlights the cultural, social and spiritual aspects of this Holy Month and also helps showcase Dubai as a leading family tourism destination while still keeping the city’s Islamic customs and heritage intact.
“As all our festivals, special occasions and celebrations are designed with the aim of reaching out to all communities and people of all cultural backgrounds in all corners of the city, we have focused on ensuring that a wide audience as possible, both residents and visitors, get to experience the diverse ‘Ramadan in Dubai’ offerings such as the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, Dubai Ramadan Forum, Ramadan Tents and the Ramadan Night Market.”
Ramadan in Dubai 2015 – Calendar of Events
14th Dubai Ramadan Forum
Dubai World Trade Centre and several other locations
24 June to 4 July, 2015
The "Dubai Ramadan Forum" is organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation. It is one of the many events hosted as part of the annual "Ramadan in Dubai" campaign. The 14th edition of the Forum features a line-up of events including daily multilingual lectures by well-known preachers, the Preacher of the Nation contest for talented youth, a training course titled “Building Bridges of Communication with Teenagers”, the Convoy of Goodness campaign which will witness distribution of free multimedia and books, and the schedule of the daily lectures, exhibitons, a Ramadan health campaign, mass group Iftars and a Be A Preacher Zone.
Hamad Mohammed bin Mejren, Senior Vice President of the Dubai Convention and Events Bureau at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and General Supervisor of the Dubai Ramadan Forum, said:
“Every year, DTCM has been successfully organizing the Dubai Ramadan Forum, which is now one of the key pillars of Ramadan in Dubai, and forms an intrinsic part of the emirate’s cultural and social fabric. This forum is itself a multi-faceted umbrella of events and activities dedicated to raising awareness of, and promoting the values and customs of this important month. Our extensive programme has also taken into consideration Dubai’s multicultural setting by incorporating elements that are geared towards enlightening both Muslim and non-Muslim communities . We have always looked at making Dubai Ramadan Forum bigger and better than the previous edition, and this year its 14th edition takes the occasion to a new level with more innovative events including a first of its kind exhibition on the History and Art of Arabic Calligraphy, as well as multilingual lectures by inspirational speakers and charitable activities”.
Dubai International Holy Quran Award (19th Session)
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
1 – 20 Ramadan
Founded in 1997 under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai International Holy Quran Award is an annual award which features the international Quran competition for memorisation of the Quran by participants from across the Muslim world as its main component and will also feature a series of lectures highlighting Islamic values.
Modhesh World 2015
Halls 1-8, Dubai World Trade Centre
9 July – 29 August
Opening in the final stages of Ramadan in Dubai, the 16th edition of Modhesh World will be the biggest in its history, brought to life through the theme “Every Step is a New Adventure”. Modhesh World 2015 will be occupying over 34,000 square metres at the well-connected and centrally located Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC). Eight halls, each with its own identity and themed adventures, will feature many new world-class attractions including The Slide, an attraction for children and adults, and the mystifying Mirror Maze. Visitors will be able to scale the heights of fun on high-energy attractions such as Fly Jump and Valkyrie, an interactive simulator that will pit players in a thrilling competition.
Dubai Sports World
Sheikh Saeed Halls, Dubai World Trade Centre
21 June – 29 August
Dubai Sports World 2015, the Middle East’s largest indoor sporting venue, will celebrate its landmark fifth outing with an action-packed 10-week schedule of sports, tournaments, academies and activities. Designed for both serious athletes and sporting novices of all ages, the multi-purpose Dubai Sports World 2015 – organised in partnership with Dubai Sports Council - will feature four pro-standard pitches for five-a-side football, four pro-standard pitches for seven-a-side football and rugby, four basketball courts, two tennis courts, six badminton courts, a mini cricket pitch nets, a regulation-sized volleyball court, an expansive skate-boarding and BMX park, a state-of-the-art gym by TechnoGym, a dedicated fitness studio for group classes and a cycling studio. In addition, a free-to-enter Entertainment Zone will feature 12 table tennis tables and a virtual Gaming Zone, while a special ‘activation area’ has been earmarked for one-off events and consumer-facing sponsor activations.
Ramadan Night Market
Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre
2 July – 11 July, 2015
The Ramadan Night Market is a 10-day shopping event hosted at Dubai World Trade Centre, offerings shoppers the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of branded merchandise from over 360 retailers from around the region, including clothing, jewellery & accessories, health & beauty products, personal care items, perfumes, food, home appliances, electronics, toys & baby Items, handicrafts, souvenirs & collectibles and much more. Other attractions include the Food Pavilion, a Grand Arabic-themed Majlis, Henna Majlis and a massive Kids Area, offering a range of activities including face painting, nail art, mini basketball court, wall climbing, kiddie train, carousel, play station, sand art, bouncy castles, clowns, balloon twisting, arts & crafts area, soft play area and much more.
Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khatab Mosque and Centre – Safaa 1, Jumeirah
1 – 30 Ramadan
Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khatab Mosque will host a selected group of the best Quran reciters from the Islamic world during the holy month of Ramadan, including Dr. Fares Mustafa, Sheikh Mohamad Mubarak Abdulla, Sheikh Abdelwili Amer AlArkani, Dr. Ahmed Al Sayed Dwedar and Dr. Fares Mustafa.
Al Warqa Mosque & Omar Bin Abdulaziz Mosque in Jebel Ali
An activity organised by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACA) Department, UAE Reciters is aimed at encouraging Quran reciters among the local community to showcase their talent by eloquently reciting the Holy Quran. There will be two groups of the best reciters from the UAE and from the Department itself participating in this activity after Isha prayers daily during the month of Ramadan. The UAE group will be in Al Warqa mosque and the group from the IACA will be at the Omar Bin Abdulaziz Mosque in Jebel Ali.
Rashidiya Grand Mosque
1 – 29 Ramadan
This activity will feature renowned reciters of the Holy Quran leading the congregation at Isha and Taraweeh and Qiyam ul Layl prayers.
Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament
Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
21 June – 13 July
A much-awaited sports event that takes place annually during Ramadan, the Nad Al Sheba sports tournament is proving that it is achieving all aspects of the sporting equation by providing training of the mind and body together year after year. The tournament includes the following competitions: Paddle Tennis, Wheelchair, Archery, 10km Running, 70km Cycling, Futsal and Volleyball. These competitions comprise different categories and are open to public, and include women-only competitions. To participate register online by visiting www.nasst.ae
Events at Dubai malls
Malls in Dubai will also be undertaking several activities designed to offer visitors and shoppers moments of enlightenment and the opportunity to absorb the serenity of this occasion. As part of ‘Ramadan in Dubai, some of the malls will also be organising family-oriented and charity activities during this period.
Mercato plans to host a variety of activities during the holy month of Ramadan and will have a traditional décor in the mall to create the desirable ambience during this month of reflection. The Ramadan programme in the mall includes a hospitality area which will offer complimentary coffee and dates from Iftar onwards, an Abaya Exhibition, Islamic Arts Exhibition, a charity Henna Tent activity, and an Arts and Crafts workshops for children. Mercato will also encourage F&B outlets to run special Iftar promotions.
Wafi Mall will organise special events and activities that reflect Arabic traditions and lifestyles including the Al Reem Bazaar, which is a Ramadan Fashion Bazaar & Exhibition featuring bloggers and fashion designers. Al Reem Bazaar comes back in its second season celebrating the latest trends in fashion, beauty, accessories, and much more. Wafi Mall will organise the Layal Exhibition, a fashion bazaar and exhibition, which is purely a charity driven event with proceeds going to the Emirates Down Syndrome Association. As a part of the event, a raffle draw will also be held offering a Mercedes car as the prize.
19 June – 17 July, 2015
Several leading hotels and other public places will be hosting Ramadan Tents for those wishing to break their fast at Iftar, as well as having meals during Suhour. A number of charitable events will also add to the spirit of giving and sharing during this revered month.
Participating malls and retails outlets
Shoppers will have the opportunity to participate in the various promotions that will be run right across the summer at participating malls in collaboration with the Dubai Shopping Malls Group. The summer promotions began on May 24 with the second leg of the campaign set to begin on 1 July and run until the last day of the “Eid in Dubai - Eid Al Fitr” celebrations. Residents and visitors can also continue to avail themselves of attractive bargains and deals including discounts of up to 75 % that are being offered at malls and retail outlets in Dubai.
The attractive décor across the city will capture the essence of the Holy Month while families and visitors to Dubai malls will walk into a welcoming ambience with attractive décor capturing the essence of the Holy Month.