Traditional Arabic dishes, ancient traditions and immersive shows: what is interesting in Dubai during Ramadan?

What can your tourists do when they come to Dubai in the spring, during Ramadan?

Традиционные арабские блюда, древние традиции и иммерсивные шоу: что интересного в Дубае в Рамадан?

Ramadan, one of the main holidays for Dubai, takes place from March 11 to April 9, 2024. This is a great opportunity to look at the city in a different way and get to know the local culture. Tourists are waiting for a unique experience!

Традиционные арабские блюда, древние традиции и иммерсивные шоу: что интересного в Дубае в Рамадан?

The holy month of Ramadan is a joyful time for many peoples. In most iconic places in Dubai, a special celebration program is being prepared — folk festivals are organized, fireworks are launched. Perhaps this is the perfect holiday that unites everyone. For travelers, Ramadan is a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the local culture and touch the ancient traditions.

Ramadan travel has its advantages. During this period, the opening hours of most institutions change — malls and restaurants are open longer. You can join the celebration during suhurs (morning meal) and iftars (evening meal after sunset). Many restaurants at this time offer non-standard concepts of relaxation during a meal: guests will find a wide selection of hookahs, board games. Also, on the eve of the holiday, boutiques and malls offer discounts on a variety of goods, and travelers will be able to do profitable shopping. Tourists will be able to join the festivities every weekend in a variety of locations in the city: Al Seef and Dubai Festival City Mall, Bluewaters and The Beach, JBR.

From March 15th to 17th, visitors to Bluewaters and The Beach, JBR can see the fireworks show. Next weekend, from March 22 to 24, you can go to Al Seef to see even more impressive fireworks. The last shows will be held on March 29-31 — again at Bluewaters and The Beach, JBR, as well as on April 5-7 at the Dubai Festival City Mall.

Gastronomic experiences in Ramadan

The Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel offers guests a range of Ramadan-related experiences and entertainment. Gastronomy, art and shopping — there is everything here.

Advise guests to take a look at the terraceTerrace Between the Towers — here you can dine under the stars, admiring the Arabic-style interiors and the breathtaking view of the Museum of the Future. 25% of the dishes on the menu are made from local farm products. For example, you can try delicious cheeses: feta, burrata, manchego and labneh goat cheese. A buffet of seasonal delicacies is also waiting for travelers. The terrace will be open daily from March 12 to April 8, from sunset to 20:30. The cost of admission is 315 dirhams for adults and 176 dirhams for children.

Традиционные арабские блюда, древние традиции и иммерсивные шоу: что интересного в Дубае в Рамадан?

You can also go to the Suhoor Restaurant for gastronomic experiences at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Here tourists will find a cozy atmosphere and a menu with traditional dishes, as well as Moroccan tea, Turkish coffee, hookah and board games – everything that will help to have a great time together, with family or a group of friends. A special menu and entertainment program dedicated to the holiday are available every day during Ramadan from 9:30 to 23:00. The minimum check is 20 dirhams per person.

And if your tourists want to treat themselves to an exquisite iftar, advise them to go to Atlantis, The Palm’s Asateer Tent. There are themed evenings dedicated to Arabic, Turkish and Persian cuisine. Travelers will be able to taste grilled meat with Arabic spices, as well as traditional oriental desserts. And to admire the view of the bay, tourists can book a table in the Royal Majlis and VIP Majlis tents. The restaurant also serves suhur from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., hot meze, soups and grilled dishes can be found on the menu.

For a gala dinner, you can also go to Madinat Jumeirah Al Majlis: here tourists will be able to taste cold appetizers, grilled dishes and desserts. In addition, starting on the 10th day of Ramadan, Suhoor specialties will be served in the outdoor restaurant from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Admission is free for children under 4 years old, the entrance fee for children under 11 years old is 165 dirhams, and iftar for adults will cost 330 dirhams.

Traditional Arabic Culture in Ramadan District

Jumeirah Emirates Towers also announced the opening of the Ramadan District market on the Plaza Terrace next to the Museum of the Future, where you can go with the whole family. We were inspired by the traditional Arab village: here you can learn a lot about the culture of Dubai and the traditions of Ramadan.

At the market, you can buy paintings by Arab artists, clothes and other authentic products from local manufacturers, listen to performances by musicians, look at the art of calligraphy and try traditional snacks at food outlets. There is a special children’s area for younger guests. Families can also take part in various activities: workshops, theatrical performances, arts and crafts classes and interactive games.

The market will be held from March 15 to April 4, admission is free.

Dubai Markets

Традиционные арабские блюда, древние традиции и иммерсивные шоу: что интересного в Дубае в Рамадан?

If your tourists want to get to know the traditional culture of Dubai better, advise them to visit the historical markets in the ancient district of Deira — some of them have been operating since the XIX century. For example, you can look at a Large market known as Al Dhalam Souq — there are many different products here. The Plates Market is an interesting market for tableware — you can buy Arabic-style kitchen utensils there. Your tourists may also be interested in the markets of fabrics, perfumes and gold jewelry.

Celebration at Expo City Dubai

The Expo City Dubai area has prepared a lot of entertainment for residents and guests of Dubai, which will take place throughout the holy month. One of the ancient traditions that can be seen here is the Iftar Cannon: at sunset, a single shot is fired, announcing the beginning of iftar. Those who wish can also visit the mosque located in the Sustainable District.

Al Wasl Plaza, where performances by popular artists around the world take place, will become the center of Ramadan celebrations. Tourists will be able to see special performances dedicated to the holiday, and colorful immersive shows will be projected on the dome itself.

Little guests Expo City Dubai is waiting for theatrical performances — for example, the Quest to find the Moon show (“In Search of the Moon”). They can also take part in workshops, games and productions that will tell about the values and history of Ramadan.

At Expo City Dubai, you can also share a gala dinner with those present after sunset. Treats, snacks and traditional dishes are waiting for guests in more than 20 restaurants and cafes, as well as small food outlets. The entrance ticket will cost 20 dirhams per person. Also, a special iftar will be held at the foot of the Surreal waterfall — an unforgettable experience for your tourists is guaranteed! The ticket price for adults is 220 dirhams, for children — 95 dirhams.

Shopping opportunities

Ramadan is a great time to visit shopping malls: visitors will find exclusive collections, great deals and activities for the whole family. Lovers of exclusive items will be pleased with Stella McCartney’s Rome Capsule collection in Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates and La Marquise premium jewelry – they can be purchased at boutiques in Nakheel Mall, Dubai Hills Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and Gold Souk extension. And lovers of fine tableware will surely love the Laila & Jamila collection at Pottery Barn: each product has its own story, and each one will perfectly decorate your home.

If you would like to learn more about the opportunities for holidays in Dubai during Ramadan 2024, take a look here.

Dubai DET (Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism)
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