You made it, the first week of Ramadan is done and dusted and a weekend of rest and relaxation awaits.
And true to form, Dubai is offering up a weekend full of possibilities, from Arabian style iftars, runs, walks to support an important cause, or simply chill at home, catch up on Netflix, your favourite Ramadan series, or better yet, the new weekly Lovin Show (shameless plug, turn it on!)
Here are 27 brill things happening in Dubai this weekend (including many, many iftar options)
7. Here Are The 10 Best Iftar In Dubai In 2019
6. Try a spectacular iftar at Anantara Dubai
Crescendo transforms into an Arabian delight complete with live kunoon player where the outdoor seating overlooks an incredible infinity pool and the food is top-class.
Break your fast in the traditional way with jallab, tamer hindi, kamer aldein, laban earan, karkadé juices and plain and stuffed dates. Then, work your way through a thoroughly international feast.
Starting with the Arabic family dishes like sambousek jebnih and mutabal, mixed grill, shawarma and kebab, before moving onto a fantastic mix of Asian delights including a Dim Sum station, black pepper beef station, Bejing duck and noodles and an impressive selection of seafood. There’s also a mix of European dishes, and plenty of sweet treats to finish. Date pudding, anyone?!
How much? AED199 per adult and AED100 per child (6 to 11 years old)
For every party of 10 adults, one person dines for free
5. Masala Library is hosting iftar for the first time
Adventurous foodies take note, a thoroughly unique Indian restaurant that’s already making waves on the Dubai food scene is hosting an iftar.
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra serves up creative Indian cuisine in the newly opened JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.
And this Ramadan you can experience a fully-fledged feast at the restaurant for just AED195. Trust us, the menus for both veggies and non-veggies looks spectacular
When? Sunset until 8.30pm
Where? Masala Library, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Non-vegetarian menu: AED 230 per person, including Ramadan juices
Vegetarian: AED 195 per person, including Ramadan juices
4. The beautiful Villamore at Emerald Palace Kempinski is open for business
EXTRA is the only way to accurately describe Emerald Palace Kempinski, the newest gem on the Palm. It’s luxurious to a T, with every inch gilded in gold.
Villamore, an eatery located within the grounds of the hotel manages to be the total opposite, and if you’re looking for a luxuriously lazy Friday afternoon, this Mediterranean style eatery is very worthy of your time. (Plus, you get to snoop through the hotel on your way to the beach!)
It’s four courses, including a fab Mezze selection to start (this is truly quality over quantity, rare in Dubai, but the cured meats and salads are fantastic). Then it’s sharing starters, mains of your choice (the open fried fish was the star of the show) with a fab little selection of desserts. Post-brunch, sip your drinks and enjoy the ocean views.
3. The Ripe Market at Dubai Festival City Mall
Art, craft, fashion, jewellery, accessories, home decor… you name it all created by local artisans, this is a special timing for Ramadan at a brand new location – don’t miss is!
Find it at Level 1 by The Cheesecake Factory every Friday at Dubai Festival City Mall
When? Friday 10 from 5pm
2. Run The Track Ramadan at Dubai Autodrone
Keep fit and hit the track this Ramadan for a night run, all levels welcome and you can run at either 3km, 5km or 10km at Dubai Autodrone.
When? Friday at 7.45pm – 9.30pm
1. Join the movement to break the stigma against mental health
You’re invited to join the movement in the increasingly popular ‘Darkness Into Light’ Walk this weekend at Kite Beach.
Raising over AED160,000 for mental health research and treatment in 2018, voluntary community group Darkness Into Light UAE aims to hit AED200,000 and they’re reaching out to all UAE citizens to join them in their journey this year.
The aim of this initiative is one of pure human kindness; to remove the stigma around mental illness and uplift those who are affected through the power of hope and support
When? May 11, 3.45am at Kite Beach
More info here