Private night safari and stargazing
Dubai’s desert comes alive once the searing sun sets behind the dunes and nocturnal creatures come out to feed, giving visitors a unique glimpse of its wildlife – through night-vision binoculars courtesy of Platinum Heritage. Temperatures are often cooler in the desert and guests can relax at Platinum Heritage’s open-air camp after their drive and enjoy a light meal while learning about the heritage of astronomy.
Dhs1,975 (up to four guests), Dhs2,370 (up to six guests). Daily 5.30pm-midnight. Pick up from any hotel in Dubai, www.platinum-heritage.com (04 388 4044).
Photography walk with Gulf Photo Plus
During Ramadan discover Old Dubai on a photography walk with GPP. The streets of Naif in Deira are some of the most congested parts of the city, with more mosques than any other area and heaving with hustle and bustle. Just before sunset it quietens, as the local residents prepare to break the fast. This photography tour gives snappers an opportunity to capture the authentic Ramadan experience – both before and after sunset. The course is suitable for photography enthusiasts of all levels, whether you use your smart phone or a DSLR.
Dhs595. June 28-July 1. Meet at Al Ras metro station, Deira, www.gulfphotoplus.com (04 380 8545).
Film screenings at Claw BBQ
Watch films at Claw BBQ every fortnight. From Wednesday June 24, the summer series will showcase an eclectic line-up of classic movies such as Top Gun and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Guests will each receive a menu with specific dishes and drinks to match key moments within the film.
Dhs300 per person (including food and drinks). June 24, July 8 and 22, August 5 and 19, 8pm-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, www.clawbbq.com (04 432 2300).
Ramadan Garden at Alserkal Avenue
Head down to contemporary arts hub Alserkal Avenue and discover a host of activities and an ‘alternative iftar’. A4 Space has been transformed into an indoor urban oasis with hanging plants, trestle walls, terracotta pots and fairy lights and will present Here Comes the Sun, a series of free screenings featuring 13 films relating to sunlight from around the world. Ghaf Kitchen is hosting a Ramadan Garden pop-up iftar at sunset, serving European foods from its vintage Citroen H Van. Over at Boardgame Space, visitors can socialise over games.
Free to attend. Until Eid. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae (056 393 3712).
Rwaq at The Walk, JBR
This month-long event on JBR's The Walk highlights the different cultural aspects of Ramadan. Taking place in front of Murjan and Sadaf clusters, the tented structure features five zones offering food, retail, art installations and exhibitions all inspired by Arabian culture. Each section is curated by a local ambassador.
‘Rwaq’ refers to the name given to the corridors in Bedouin tents and is the inspiration for the structure on The Walk.
Free. June 18-July 18, 7pm-2am. The Walk, JBR, www.rwaq.ae (no number).
Stargazing with Dubai Astronomy Group
Astronomers can gather to observe the expected Perseid meteor shower on Thursday August 13 and Friday 14. This group will be heading to Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al Khaimah to set up telescopes and watch the passing meteors light up the sky.
To join the group, email your name and contact details to email@example.com. Free. www.dubaiastronomy.com (04 441 0775).
Night diving with Al Boom
Escape the heat and dive into the Arabian Gulf with a night scuba session under the guidance of Al Boom. Enjoy the cool water temperature as you see nocturnal marine life. Night divers must have a minimum of an Open Water Diver qualification to participate in this 45-minute expedition.
Dhs150 per person including equipment, Dhs100 torch hire. Wednesdays 7.30pm. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road, www.alboomdiving.com (04 342 2993).
Night golf at Emirates Golf Club
Golfers can get on the greens under the floodlights at Emirates Golf Club every night of the week, at the 18-hole Faldo Course. Tee times on Dubai’s only fully floodlit 18-hole course are available until 9.55pm on weekdays and 7.55pm at weekends. Call to book your round.
Dhs280 (non-members), Dhs230 (members, nine holes), Dhs450 (non-members), Dhs365 (members, 18 holes). Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9800).
Full moon horse riding at Mushrif Park
Beginners and advanced riders alike can tour Mushrif Park under the glow of moonlight. The sessions take riders on a 90-minute route, with more experienced riders at liberty to break away and go faster and further. Call to book your spot at least 24 hours in advance.
Dhs300 per person. July 1, 2 and 3, 8pm-9.30pm. Mushrif Equestrian Club, Mushrif Park, Al Khawaneej Park, www.mushrifec.com (04 257 1256).
Full moon yoga at Talise Spa
Enjoy a calm night of yoga and meditation at the Madinat Jumeirah spa. The in-house yogi holds the classes at the beach, where the sounds of waves and gentle classical music will help you unwind physically and mentally.
Dhs119 per person. July 2, 7.30pm. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 6818).
Gaming tournaments at Que Club
Serious gamers can play Dota, League of Legends and Counter Strike Global Offensive in a Ramadan tournament here. There are no registration or entry fees, just turn up and pay for what you play. Top prize is Dhs3,000.
Free entry. Dhs9 per hour for computer gaming, Dhs40 billiards. Daily 10am-4am during Ramadan. Que Club, Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, www.queclub.com (04 336 5551).
Where to work out
CrossFit Gold Box powered by Reebok
Keep your fitness at peak condition through the summer at this new specialist gym. Facilities remain open until 3am during Ramadan. There will also be late-night CrossFit classes every hour from 9pm until 2am.
Dhs65 per class. Sun-Thu 11pm-3am. Noor Bank Metro Station, opposite Nissan Service Center, Al Quoz, www.crossfitgoldbox.com (04 338 7612).
Crowne Fitness Health Club
Train at any time of day at this Sheikh Zayed Road health club. Sign up for Zumba, Bokwa, and even learn to swim. Members can use the sauna and steam room and book sessions with personal trainers.
From Dhs1,650 (three months). Open 24 hours. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.facebook.com/crownefitnessdubai (04 305 6600).
Late Night Fitness Blast at The Address Dubai Marina
Stay up and tone up with this night-time fitness class. The 45-minute full-body workout uses a mixture of weighted and cardio exercises and the fitness centre stays open 24/7 so athletes can use the cardio machines and weights in their
Dhs50 per person (hotel residents), Dhs75 per person (external guests). Thu-Fri 9pm-10pm. www.theaddress.com (04 367 777).
The Dome at Dubai Sports City
Football fans can play the beautiful game at all hours at The Dome, Dubai Sports City’s indoor football pitch. Insomniac players can book a five-a-side pitch for a midnight kick-about. From July 1-16, there’s also a Ramadan football tournament where teams could win a cash prize.
To register for the tournament, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dhs4,000 per team. July1-16, 9.30pm-1.30am; Dhs520 per hour for a quarter pitch hire. Open 24 hours. The Dome, Dubai Sports City, www.dubaisportscity.ae (04 448 1555).
Shop around the clock
Majid Al Futtaim malls
Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre and Deira City Centre malls will stay open until 3am on weekends during Ramadan. They will also be running a community charity initiative where shoppers can donate used clothes and shoes into collection boxes located in the mall.
Sun-Thu 10am-2am, Fri-Sat 10am-3am. www.majidalfuttaim.com.
Awash with action at any time of year, Meena Bazaar in the heart of Old Dubai doesn’t sleep during the summer. If you’re shopping for fashion items, fabrics, gold or gifts then this Aladdin’s cave of Asian boutiques and shops is a go-to destination. Be prepared to haggle and get a late-night bargain.
Al Hisn Street, Bur Dubai.
The Venetian-themed mall offers shoppers more than a late-night retail fix. During Ramadan, shoppers can also have a free cup of coffee and dates, in its hospitality tent from sunset to 10.30pm. The Mall’s central atrium will host a charity henna tent between 6pm and 10pm where all proceeds will be donated to Beit Al Kheir, and shoppers can also peruse an Islamic Arts Exhibition and Abaya Exhibition by UAE designers in the second week of Ramadan.
Daily 10am-1am during Ramadan. Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.mercatoshoppingmall.com (04 344 4161).
Ramadan Night Market
Enjoy the festivities and shopping at this ten-day market, where hundreds of stalls will be selling everything from fashion accessories and handicrafts to electronics.
Free to attend. July 2-11, 8pm-2am. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 5191).