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Experience the spirit of Dubai this Ramadan

As Dubai gears up to welcome the holy month of Ramadan, residents and tourists will be able to enjoy a wide range of cultural, community and family-oriented events, set to highlight the emirate’s local heritage. As the city stays awake both during the day and at night, Dubai Calendar highlights the line-up of events and activities focusing on the Islamic values of compassion, giving and sharing. Running from 5 May through to the close of Ramadan, there will also be a host of promotions, exciting in-mall activations and charitable initiatives underlining Dubai’s reputation as a leading family tourism destination.



Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: “The city’s private and public sector entities have joined hands once again to offer an exciting calendar of events throughout the holy month that revolves around the pillars of community, family, gastronomy and sports. With 2019 being observed as the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, we look forward to offering a variety of different experiences across the emirate for people of all cultures and backgrounds to enjoy together, all available to discover through Dubai Calendar. The programme of events and activities will offer an insight into the true essence of Emirati hospitality, giving visitors the opportunity to feel part of Dubai’s diverse multicultural family. With our world-class retail offering, and partners preparing to deliver rewarding shopping experiences through various offers and promotions, there is something for everyone to enjoy this Ramadan in Dubai. We encourage shoppers to make the most of the extended mall timings to shop for clothes, accessories and gifts for Eid.”



For more details of the Ramadan in Dubai calendar of events, please visit https://www.visitdubai.com/en/discover/festivals/ramadan-in-dubai . Tickets for many of the city’s events can also be bought quickly and securely through Dubai Calendar’s website and app’s purchasing platform. 



‘Ramadan Dubai’: With 2019 being declared the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai (IACAD) will launch the ‘Ramadan Dubai’ initiative to help spread the message of tolerance and bring communities together under the theme of 'compassion and coexistence.'  The ‘Ramadan Dubai’ activities will include the opportunity to visit Ramadan tents and be a part of the Iftar dialogue, an educational programme on Islam while Ramadan Nights and Squares will be held across malls featuring several activities including art and writing of Quranic text, calligraphy, painting workshops, and exhibitions.



Platinum Heritage: Enjoy a traditional Iftar experience, and learn about Ramadan and the Bedouin way of life when you sign up for a Desert Safari with Platinum Heritage, a leading operator of desert experiences. During the daily Iftar dinners at Bedouin camps in the desert, guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy authentic and delicious dishes of lamb ouzi, lentil soup, grilled minced beef kofta, and more.



‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding: Held in the courtyard of the wind-tower house in the heart of the Al Fahidi Historic District of Bur Dubai, the “Open Doors, Open Minds” cultural experience offered at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding enables an interactive opportunity for learning more about Ramadan, as well as the UAE’s history and culture. The centre invites visitors to take part in the full schedule of activities, including a range of Arabic classes, heritage tours and guided mosque visits.



Heritage Tours on the QE2 Dubai, Port Rashid: During the month of Ramadan, the retired ocean liner will play an active role in further enhancing the visitor experience. The QE2 Heritage Trail will give visitors an insight into the history of the cruise ship, with the experience starting at the exhibition area in the main terminal. The QE2 Heritage Trail will include an interactive showcase of some of the ocean liner’s key features such as The Bridge and the Queens Room. During the tour, visitors will also be able to view a selection of rooms and suites, the original dining venues and a wide collection of historical artefacts.




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