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
Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue
Al Quoz hotspot Alserkal Avenue is a hub for cultural expositions and events during the holy month. This year sees Monday evenings dedicated to different workshops including Mirzam Chocolate Makers on 21 May and Gulf Photo Plus on 4 June, while Wednesdays reprises the Alserkal Lates nights with the galleries and creative concepts remaining open until 11pm – perfect for post-Iftar art browsing. Don’t miss the pop-up Lebanese-themed Iftars at Inked or the Japan-inspired open tent at Chi-Ka.
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
+971 4 416 1900
Ramadanization at The Gallery of Light
The annual art exhibition held at The Gallery of Light at DUCTAC returns for its third edition this May. Ramadanization is designed to showcase and celebrate Dubai’s wide-ranging community of artists, and the gallery asks local creatives to produce a piece of work in the medium of their choosing, based on the theme of what Ramadan means to them. The result is a multi-faceted exhibition that never fails to amaze.
14 May - 17 June
Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC), Mall of the Emirates
+971 4 341 4777
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 18 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.
NAS Sports Tournament and NAS Night Challenge
Take on a new sporting challenge this Ramadan with the NAS Sport Tournament, taking place at various locations across the city. The 2018 line-up includes two brand new events — 3 vs 3 basketball and Jiu Jitsu — as well as favourites such as fencing, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and a 75km cycling race.
Held from 1-2 June, the NAS Night Challenge, is a community-based obstacle course giving you the opportunity to take part either individually or as part of a team. Taking place at NAS Sports Complex, over 2,000 athletes and visitors are expected during the three-day extravaganza.
Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
+971 4 383 3833
Burj Khalifa light show
There is perhaps nothing more spectacular than a light show at the world’s tallest building. A truly unparalleled visual experience, the LED light show at the Burj Khalifa is a dazzling and awe-inspiring sight. Every evening after sunset, this hi-tech and highly artistic show will use state-of-the-art video mapping technology to wow visitors.
6 - 31 May
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
+971 84 888 8888
Ramadan at shopping malls
During Ramadan, malls across Dubai stay open even later than usual, giving visitors and residents the opportunity to stroll and shop until as late as 1-2am with a host of seasonally themed activities and events, from sales to family focused entertainment, adding a unique flavour to the super social atmosphere.
Various locations across Dubai
Visit Dubai Calendar for the latest updates on Ramadan events and happenings around the city