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Things to do in Dubai during Ramadan

7 May 2019

Whether you’re a Dubai resident or someone that’s planning to visit Dubai during the Holy month of Ramadan (which falls this year tentatively between May 6 – June 5), you’re probably looking for things to do in Dubai during this time. Look no further. We’ve got some ideas about the best places to visit and things to do this month!

[Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims observe it by refraining from eating, drinking and smoking between sunrise and sunset.

#ProTip – Be respectful – United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country. The laws of the land request you to be respectful towards those fasting and refrain from eating, drinking, or smoking in public during Ramadan.]


Try a traditional Iftar or Suhoor

Regardless of whether or not you’re fasting, you absolutely MUST experience a Dubai Iftar. Satisfy your cravings with delicious Iftar at Claypot or Citycafe! Our Iftar buffets start at AED 55.

To know more about our group deals, call:
Citymax Hotel Al Barsha / Al Barsha at the Mall – 0501007046
Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai – 0501007065
Citymax Hotel Ras Al Khaimah – 0569922286
Citymax Hotel Sharjah – 0506406377

Munch on lunch

Some restaurants will be closed during fasting hours during the Holy month, however, quite a few places are open and serving this year for all of you who aren’t fasting. The only difference is that they pull down the blinds or use a makeshift curtain so that people who are fasting are not tempted by the sight and smell of food.

If you’d like to have a drink or a bite during the day in Ramadan, you can head to The Huddle Sports Bar in Bur Dubai, Al Barsha or Ras Al Khaimah, as we will be open and serving alcohol from noon onwards! The Huddle Al Barsha even offers a Friday brunch with unlimited delicious food and drinks starting from AED 99. To book, call 0501007046.


Hit the mall

Ramadan is the absolute BEST time to shop in Dubai, as malls are open till late, there are Ramadan special collections, and even Eid sales! Malls in Dubai are usually packed, which can make shopping rather stressful. Skip the stress by heading to the malls during Ramadan! Most people who are fasting will not be shopping during the day, making it a lot less crowded and a lot easier to focus on shopping. This is also the best time to shop for gifts for friends and family, as malls in Dubai (especially Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates) offer great deals on clothing, furniture, electronics and more during the Holy Month. Did you know that you can walk to Mall of Emirates from Citymax Hotel At The Mall and Citymax Hotel Al Barsha? It’s actually that close!

Be touristy

Ramadan is the perfect time to experience Dubai in it’s off-peak season as it is less crowded. Popular tourist attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, desert safaris, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks will remain open during Ramadan, just with different opening hours. Make sure to plan in advance by calling the attraction to confirm your booking! Several theme parks in Dubai also run offers during Ramadan. This month, Legoland tickets are available for only AED 100, and Laguna Waterpark allows children to enter for only AED 1 for every adult ticket purchased.

Give back to the local community

Ramadan is a time of giving, and there are lots of organisations that are looking for extra volunteers and donations. Want to get involved and give back to the community this Ramadan?  Drop by our Ramadan Fridge outside Citymax Hotel Al Barsha at the Mall to donate soft drinks, juices, laban, fruits and biscuits for community workers and labourers. Our other hotels will also be distributing Iftar meals to mosques, taxi drivers and passers by.



Hopefully you’ve found plenty of inspiration for fun things to do in Dubai for Ramadan 2019. If you’re looking for Eid getaways, make sure to check out our blog for things to do in Ras Al Khaimah!

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