The essential guide to Dubai after dark

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1 Bargain-hunt at the Ramadan Night Market

The shopping bonanza returns for its sixth edition from Thursday June 1 to Saturday 10, with massive discounts on clothes, jewellery, perfumes and so much more. Themed events will take place for the first time, including cooking sessions, art workshops, a quiz, karaoke and even a treasure hunt.
Dhs5 per person, free (kids under five). June 1-10, 8pm-2am. Halls 7 and 8, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ramadannightmarket.com.

2 Bounce after dark at Bounce

Develop some serious back-flipping skills or perfect your parkour. Bounce’s extended hours, combined with its unlimited pass, available to use throughout Ramadan, means that in a month’s time you’ll probably be good enough to enter the Olympics. Probably.
Dhs299 (while stocks last). Open Sun-Thu noon-midnight. Until the end of Ramadan. Bounce, Al Quoz (04 321 1400).

3 Break the fast at the mall

As well as longer opening hours during Ramadan, there will be a number of activities to get involved with in malls across the city. Dubai Marina Mall will be serving coffee and dates daily inside its Ramadan Majlis, an oud player will perform live at weekends and shoppers can get their hands adorned with henna every night from 7pm to 10pm. Over at BurJuman, visitors can break their fast with coffee and dates daily from sunset. From 7pm to 10pm during Ramadan and until 11pm during Eid al-Fitr, visitors can have a calligrapher write their name in Arabic or get henna designs on their hands. Kids get to release their inner Matisse in the mall’s lantern- and pottery-painting sessions, and during Eid al-Fitr, tanoura and bangra dancers perform from 6pm to 10pm.
Dubai Marina Mall: Sat-Wed 10am-midnight; Thu-Fri 10am-1am (04 436 1020); BurJuman: Daily 10am-midnight. Bur Dubai (04 352 0222).



4 Catch a flick on progressive art and food

Exhibition Artist Run New York: The Seventies is on at Jean-Paul Najar Foundation in Al Quoz. It details a radical movement in art that grew up from such establishments as FOOD Restaurant, a dining space and co-op founded by Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden, offering one meal a day and various performances. On Wednesday June 7, Jean-Paul Najar Foundation in collaboration with Cinema Akil is screening Matta-Clark’s documentary, FOOD, which offers a rare insight into the project and a defining moment in art.
Free. Wed Jun 7, 9pm. A4 Space Cinema Room, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae.

5 Feast your eyes on art at Alserkal Lates
If you still haven’t seen much of the impressive creativity housed in Alserkal Avenue, listen up. Alserkal Lates is back on Wednesdays so you can see great works of art from 8pm until 11pm, with guided tours, too.
Free. Wed 8pm-11pm. Until the end of Ramadan. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae.

6 Gather for games at BoardGame Space
Once again, this summer Boardgame Space is taking over the courtyards of Al Quoz. Catch up with pals and brush up on your Monoploy skills.
Free. Sat and Sun 7pm-11pm. Until Jun 24. Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, www.alserkalavenue.ae.

7 Learn to paint like a pro at Ayyam Gallery
Join in the late-night workshops with Syrian artist Mohannad Orabi. His expressionist works depict a freedom of style. Let this master teach you how to develop your own. Email events@ayyamgallery.com to join.
Free. Jun 7, 14 and 21, 9pm-11pm. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

8 Listen to rabab with Inam at Nadi Al Quoz
Head down to Nadi Al Quoz to hear the classical sounds of rabab music played live by musician Inam. If you’ve never heard the features of this stringed instrument, it’s time to broaden your musical vocabulary.
Free. Mon and Tue 8pm-10pm. Until the end of Ramadan. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 556 9797).

9 Pencil in a pop-up and full moon yoga

Fairmont The Palm’s popular late-night yoga class is back on Saturday June 10, this time coupled with a one-off late-night Wellness Market. Snap up everything from yoga attire to protein shakes to healthy snacks.
Dhs75 (yoga). Sat Jun 10, 7pm-10.30pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, fullmoonyoga@fairmont.com (04 457 3388).

10 Pick up late-night street eats at Zaroob
It’s open 24 hours and serves some of the best Middle Eastern street food snacks you’ll ever eat. Tuck into feteer at any time of the day, but the atmosphere of the Sheikh Zayed Road branch is best in the small hours. Sit outside, roadside, and enjoy a Dhs10 shawarma. Zaroob is also hosting iftar throughout Ramadan, when guests can break their fast with some of the restaurant’s staples, as well as lentil soup, fattoush or tabbouleh and Middle Eastern sweets.
Iftar: Dhs68. Open daily 24 hours. Various locations including Jumeirah Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 327 6060).

11 Play golf under the floodlights
The Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club and The Track, Meydan Golf, allow you to play a few rounds well past dusk. So there’s no need to let your handicap slip this summer.
Faldo Course: Dhs280 (nine holes), Dhs450 (18 holes). From 4pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 380 1234); The Track, Meydan Golf: Dhs355 (nine holes), Dhs550 (18 holes). Daily 4pm-11pm. Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3733).

12 Play at Dubai Sports World
Whatever sport you’re into, be it football, basketball, skateboarding, or even if you fancy yourself a bit of a Ninja Warrior, Dubai Sports World has you covered. It has eight football pitches, six basketball courts (all with NBA-approved hoops), cricket pitches with spectators’ seating, 12 ping pong tables (that can all be used for free), a Rage skatepark, Techno Gym equipment and so much more. But maybe try something different this year – hello, Ninja Warriors. This obstacle course by Just Play is brand-new to DSW and contains 14 fun-packed challenges such as the Sea of Swings, Floating Bridge and Warped wall. There’s only one way to find out what those are all about.
Pitch rental prices vary. Ninja Warriors: From Dhs50 (30 minutes). Thu Jun 1 to Sat Sep 2, 8am-1am until the end of Ramadan, 8am-midnight thereafter. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaisportsworld.ae.

13 Spend ladies’ night at Wild Wadi

Ladies, get your girlfriends together on a Thursday evening and head over to Wild Wadi. The park is staffed by female lifeguards, food attendants and security guards on this night, to ensure guests feel truly at ease.
Dhs195 (1.1 metres or above), Dhs155 (below 1.1 metres). Thu 8pm-midnight (excluding Ramadan). Until September 28. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 4444).

14 Spend suhoor at Dubai Creek Harbour
There will be traditional dishes to break the fast and to see you through suhoor at Ramadan Nights at RISE – Dubai Creek Harbour. A host of cultural performances will keep you entertained into the small hours, too. Watch regional talents including Khalil Ghadri play ambient oud music, tanoura dancers and more. Kids can take part in workshops to make Eid Cards and Ramadan gift hampers, meanwhile adults can play board games and shop the pop-up stalls selling everything from accessories and fashion to home décor items. Oh, and it all takes place on a waterfront boasting some of the most stunning skyline views in town.
Dhs140 (iftar), Dhs125 (suhoor). Sun-Wed sunset-2am Thu-Sat sunset-3am. Until the end of Ramadan. Rise at Dubai Creek Harbour (056 680 5588).

15 Watch The Scene screenings at Roxy

Independent film club The Scene, founded by Emirati film producer and director Nayla Al Khaja, is showing a series of indie and cultural movies made globally and in the UAE at Roxy cinemas for the first time. The club is famed for bringing the most current festival films in their original formats to Dubai, and in June, the club will be showing Land of Mine, a moving drama about German prisoners of war who are forced to dig up landmines with their bare hands. Join the The Scene by registering online and see the film for free.
Free with membership. Tue Jun 20, 7pm. Roxy, BoxPark, Al Wasl Road; Wed Jun 21, 7pm. Roxy, The Beach, JBR, www.thesceneclub.com.

Alternative iftars

Four unique ways to break the fast

Nadi Nights with Good Vibes Market
Good Vibes Market has teamed up with Nadi Al Quoz to offer an iftar featuring a different selection of vendors each week, including The Shebi and Son of Chick.
Prices vary. Daily sunset-11pm.Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, www.alserkalavenue.ae.

Ramadan 2967 by INKED
This pop-up Berber experience, named after the year 2017 according to the Berber agricultural calendar, is INKED’s debut iftar event. Dishes include a variety of North African favourites.
Dhs300. Thu-Sat from sunset. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 344 1788).

Ramadan Nights at RISE –Dubai Creek Harbour
Break the fast with magnificent skyline views as the backdrop. As well as suhoor, Ramadan Nights at RISE offers a daily iftar buffet of Middle Eastern specialities and international dishes.
Dhs140. Daily from sunset. Dubai Creek Harbour, www.risedch.com.

Ramadan Nights by Dish
This is Dish’s second annual event. The popular culinary pop-up iftar features a selection of gourmet, contemporary Middle Eastern dishes.
Dhs195. Daily sunset-9.30pm. Warehouse 4, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (056 128 3247).

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