See Dubai come to life after sundown during Ramadan
Ramadan in Dubai is a magical time, when the city embraces its Arabian traditions. The quieter pace of the day invokes a spirit of calm and introspection – but after sunset, the city comes to life with a festive vibe. Seasonal, one-off events take place across the city, while malls are abuzz with special activities and themed entertainment well after midnight. Whether it’s late-night shopping, arts and cultural events or sports tournaments, you can look forward to 30 days of unique celebrations.
Arts & Culture
Jameel Arts Centre
Located along Dubai Creek, Jameel Arts Centre has dedicated Tuesday and Saturday nights to post-Iftar cultural immersion. Take a guided night tour through its many galleries displaying works by contemporary artists from across the world on 21 May. Or, return a week later on 28 May to hear Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath’s talk on working with Emirati poet, filmmaker and artist Nujoom Al-Ghanem on her installation at La Biennale di Venezia.
21 & 28 May
Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf Waterfront
+971 873 9800
Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue
Al Quoz hotspot Alserkal Avenue is a hub for cultural expositions and events during the holy month. Wednesdays reprise Alserkal Lates, when the galleries and creative concepts remain open until 11pm – a perfect excuse to join instructor-led meditations sessions. Gulf Photo Plus is hosting a series of photography strolls through the vibrant district of Karama, while INKED returns with its Lebanese-themed pop-up Iftars. And, of course, a highlight of the avenue’s calendar is an eight-speaker panel on the traditions that shape our experience of food, brought to you by INKED and Pecha Kucha.
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
+971 4 333 3464
Alserkal Avenue’s independent film theatre Cinema Akil is pairing up with Project Chaiwala to bring movie-goers Cinemajlis, a cinema-turned-Iftar experience. Enjoy a delicious spread of South Asian cuisine followed by screenings of critically acclaimed films throughout the holy month. You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind Iftar activity, which also features board game nights, talks and live performances on select evenings.
8 May - 1 June
Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Sports & Fitness
Run The Track
A community-led gathering, and a great way to exercise and meet new people during the holy month, this one-off event on 10 May is open to enthusiastic joggers and seasoned runners alike. Choose from three, five and 10-kilometre distances around the Dubai Autodrome track and participate at your own pace or go all out, with the first three finishers in each age category receiving a trophy.
+971 4 367 8700
NAS Sports Tournament and NAS Night Challenge
Take on a new sporting challenge this Ramadan with the NAS Sports Tournament. This multi-sport tourney features all-time favourites like fencing, volleyball, basketball and Jiu-Jitsu, to name a few. A returning highlight of the season is wheelchair basketball, which stars athletes of determination.
Stepping back on the court is the NAS Night Challenge, a community-based four to five-kilometre obstacle course. Athletes can either take part as a team on 9 May or individually on 16 May. If previous years are to go by, this event anticipates over 2,000 athletes and visitors to descend on NAS Sports Complex.
NAS Sports Tournament: 4-17 May
NAS Night Challenge: 9 & 16 May
Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
+971 4 383 3833
Ramadan at the mall
During Ramadan, malls across Dubai stay open later than usual, giving visitors and residents the opportunity to stroll and shop until as late as 2am. A host of themed activities, sales and events pop up, adding a unique flavour to the super social atmosphere. Glide through The Dubai Mall’s ice rink for AED49 (usually AED 95), indulge in a three-course Iftar at Reel Cinemas or save big on a four-ticket film package for just AED120. It's a grand time for little ones too, as the hub of edutainment, KidZania, is offering a special discount for AED99 – that’s almost half off regular price. From Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo to Spring Souk’s Stay & Dig, explore the incredible deals on offer for the whole family this Ramadan.
Various locations across Dubai
Visit Dubai Calendar for the latest updates on Ramadan events and happenings around the city.