Ramadan 101 Not sure what the Holy Month is all about or want to know what you should and shouldn’t do during this time? Then sign up for this free workshop at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where managing director Nasif Kayed and a panel of experts will explain traditions during Ramadan, the dos and don’ts while fasting and how Muslims and non-Muslims can get the most out of this season. Register online to book your place. Free. Mon June 15, 7.15pm. Jumeirah Majlis, adjacent to Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Eton Institute Ramadan Etiquette workshop Get an insight into the cultural and religious traditions surrounding this most revered time in the Islamic calendar. Register online to attend. Free. Mon June 15, 5pm-7pm. Block 1, Conference Centre, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.etoninstitute.com/ae (800 3866).
The Majlis at Dubai World Trade Centre Guests can relax inside this large luxurious majlis. Exclusive areas for more private occasions are also available. Enjoy traditional hospitality and choose from a range of authentic Arabian delicacies for iftar and suhoor. Wed June 17 to Fri July 17. Sheikh Saeed Hall 3, DWTC, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dwtc.com (04 308 6322).
BurJuman’s Ramadan tent Shoppers are invited into the Ramadan tent within the atrium of the mall. It will house a variety of cultural activities such as henna painting, as well as iftar, where shoppers can relax and break their fasts with loved ones over dates and coffee. Fri 19 June to Sat July 18, 10am-midnight. BurJuman, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road, Bur Dubai, www.burjuman.com (04 352 0222).
Free introduction to Arabic at Eton Institute If you still haven’t crossed learning Arabic off your Dubai bucket list, take a first step this month. Eton Institute is offering a free introductory Arabic course for individuals who want to start learning the language and who are interested to discover more about the culture and customs of the Middle East. Free. June 20, 27 and July 4, 10am-1pm. Eton Institute, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.etoninstitute.com/ae (800 3866).
SMCCU’s cultural iftar The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding has been running its authentic cultural iftar every Ramadan since the centre opened 15 years ago. Members of the community are invited to break the fast together, share in a traditional Emirati meal and learn about the Islamic tradition of fasting. Guests are then taken on a casual guided walk around the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and to the Diwan Mosque. Book online in advance to attend. Dhs135 per person. Sunset-9pm. Sat June 20 to Wed July 15. House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Dubai International Holy Qur’an Award recital competition This award is open to UAE Nationals only and was established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage young Muslims to memorise and understand the Holy Qur’an, and to spread its values of peace and love. The competition begins on the eighth day of Ramadan and concludes on the 20th. Al Mamzar, www.sheikhmohammed.ae.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek’s camels for charity initiative Guests at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek and its social media fans, can help spread the spirit of generosity through this special campaign. At the beginning of Ramadan, the hotel will hand out toy camels to ten participants (you can also apply for one in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org), who must share fun and interactive photos of themselves with the camel in interesting places using the hashtags #RadissonCamel #RadissonBluDXB and #RamadanCamel, followed by the number of the camel the challenger holds (#Camel1, #Camel2 and so on). At the end of the competition the camel with the most likes and shares on Facebook and Instagram will win a prize, but more importantly, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek will donate Dhs5 for every like and share to a local charity. www.radissonblu.com/hotel-dubaideiracreek
Ramadan night Market This shopping extravaganza offers two weeks of special discounts and a wide product selection from brands from around the region. Late-night shoppers can pick up everything from Eid gifts, clothing and jewellery to souvenirs, perfumes and even cars. The market has a grand majlis and kids’ play area complete with a bouncy castle, dressing up and soft play areas. Free entry. Daily Thu July 2-11, 8pm-2am. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ramadannightmarket.com (04 388 5191).