Thursday 12 Gaze at the stars
Do something different this Thursday night and head to the desert to watch the Perseids meteor shower, which lasts a month but will peak today and tomorrow. Sit back and relax on the provided beanbags and watch up to 60 meteors per hour shooting through the sky. Magic.
Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Resort, 8pm-3am. Call 04 809 6194 for more information.
Thursday 12 Try Xennya’s Ramadan tent
Head over to Al Barsha for the opening night of Xennya’s iftar tent, where you’ll be able to sample fresh mocktails, shisha and Arabic delicacies. Be sure to try the cheesy goodness churned out by the live manakish station.
Xennya Terrace, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, 6pm-2am. Call 04 323 4333 for more information.
Thursday 12 Head down to Long’s
It’s that time of year when our favourite bars see their popularity peak. Jostle for space and take advantage of happy hour until 8.30pm (it starts at 7.30pm so yes, it really is an hour long).
Long’s Bar, Towers Rotana, 7.30pm onwards. Call 04 312 2202 for more information.
Thursday 12 Learn Arabic for free
This language school will be offering free beginners’ Arabic lessons every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday throughout Ramadan, starting today, with 15 minutes of each session devoted entirely to Ramadan etiquette and cultural awareness.
Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, 3pm-4pm. Call 04 360 2955 for more information.
Friday 13 Sample a modest brunch
Enjoy unlimited sushi, teppanyaki and energy drinks, as well as some signature mains from Zuma’s menu, all for Dhs265.
Zuma, DIFC, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Call 04 425 5660 for more information.
Friday 13 Have a double-dip massage
The pyramid-shaped hotel now brings us the ‘Double Dip Recession Body Treatment’, a 90-minute Thai-inspired spa option combining ‘harmony, purity and natural elements to soothe and purify the soul while relieving stress’. Perfect for a lazy Friday afternoon.
Raffles Amrita Spa, Oud Metha. Call 04 324 8888 for more information.
Friday 13 Brunch it in the evening
You don’t need to skip your favourite Dubai pastime during Ramadan – just follow Aquara’s lead and move it to the evening. Dhs290 with beverages, Dhs220 with soft drinks.
Aquara Restaurant & Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, 7.30pm-10.30pm. Call 04 362 7900 for more information.
Saturday 14 Dive for less
This dive centre is offering a weekend deal during Ramadan. For Dhs650 you’ll get three dives with all the gear, and an overnight stay in the rustic guesthouse. Alternatively, stay for two nights and have six dives for Dhs1,100.
Discover Nomad Dive Centre, Dibba, Oman. Log onto
for more information.
Saturday 14 Make your own designer toy
Spend your Saturday getting creative at this Mega painting workshop. Just turn up and you’ll be given a toy, the materials with which to adorn it and the supervision of professional artists to guide your design. Dhs200 per person.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 10am-1.30pm. Log onto
www.foo-dog.com for more information.
Saturday 14 Watch the first Premier League footie match
Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester City this afternoon. Buy a Humax TV decoder for Dhs999 at Carrefour and you’ll get a year’s subscription to the Premier League channel, or call your existing TV provider to get a subscription.
Abu Dhabi TV Premier League channel, 3.45pm
Saturday 14 Prepare your own iftar meal
Executive chef Sameh will teach guests how to prepare healthy iftar and suhoor meals. Classes run tonight and tomorrow.
The Gem Garden, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Dhs100. Call 04 323 4333 for more information.
Sunday 15 Buy bargain art in Abu Dhabi
Most art galleries choose to hibernate for the month when Ramadan falls in the summer, but this Abu Dhabi gallery comes alive with an art fair where you can buy artworks for less than Dhs4,000. Worth the drive.
Ghaf Gallery, Abu Dhabi, until September 9. Call 02 665 5332 for more information.
Sunday 15 Visit Jumeirah mosque
Ramadan is the perfect time to learn more about Dubai’s local culture. Tour the beautiful mosque and ask the guide any questions you have about Islam. Register at the mosque beforehand
Jumeirah Beach Road, 10am
Sunday 15 See an iftar cricket match
Every year during Ramadan, a domestic T20 cup is held at the new Sports City venue. Go watch or play!
Dubai Sports City, daily 8pm-11pm. Call 04 425 1111 for more information.
Monday 16 Shop for half price
The Outlet Mall now runs 50 per cent sales every Monday from 10am until 11pm: all sale produce is displayed outside the stores to create a market atmosphere.
Dubai Outlet Mall, Al Ain Road. Log onto www.dubaioutletmall.com for more information.
Monday 16 Join a bowling competition
Especially for Ramadan, the Al Qusais centre is hosting a daily tournament open to everyone. Sign up until September 7; the final is on September 8.
Dubai International Bowling Centre, 7pm-3am. Log onto www.dubaibowlingcentre.com for more information.
Monday 16 Sample new eats
Check out the latest DIFC opening – a sports bar and grill. We’ve heard good things already.
The Gramercy, DIFC. Call 04 437 7511 for more information.
Tuesday 17 Check out an Arabic art exhibition
Until September 13, Ductac will be hosting Kalimat, a Ramadan exhibition showcasing the use of the Arabic written word in art. The show will feature artists from across the region.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 7pm-10pm. Call 04 341 4777 for more information.
Tuesday 17 A weekend getaway
Fancy a quick Ramadan getaway? Book a break at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi any time before September 9 and get a night’s stay, with breakfast, for Dhs600.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road. Call 04 399 4141 for more information.
Tuesday 17 Submit your photos
Want to exhibit your work? This arts organisation is asking for budding snappers to submit photos and lens-based artworks that have a link to our desert environment.
The Shelter, Al Quoz and Sharjah, until September 25. Log onto www.shelter.ae for more information.
Tuesday 17 Charity iftar party
Local charity Dubai Foundation for Women and Children is holding a fundraising fatoor to raise much-needed cash.
The Address Dubai Marina, log onto www.dfwac.ae for more information.
Tuesday 17 Free drinks at Nineteen
Every Tuesday, drop by for a dinner for two: pay for your main courses and receive a free bottle of red or white.
The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.
Wednesday 18 Hear the cannon sound
Every day, Dubai Police sound a cannon in the city’s park to let everyone know it’s time to break fast. Witness the tradition in action with some dates.
Safa Park, Jumeirah, at sunset. Call 02 665 5332 for more information.
Wednesday 18 A romantic suhoor
Feast the night away at this scenic Ramadan tent while listening to live music (a trio will be playing the oud, kamaja and tabla).
Diwan Al Khayal, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 9.30pm-3am. Call 04 406 8999 for more information.
Wednesday 18 Wind down for the weekend
The themed sports bar has yet another new deal for August: get a free glass of grape with every meal ordered, or buy a glass for Dhs20 all night.
Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza, Satwa. Call 04 398 2222 for more information.