Ramadan Kareem. The Holy Month is here and we’ve lined up some of the best Ramadan-related goings on this weekend. From traditional iftars to slightly more eccentric ones, charitable causes and outdoor slides, just make sure you get together with your loves ones to enjoy your time together.


Break your fast at Em Sherif


If you’re looking for a lavish Iftar feast tonight, look no further than Em Sherif. The authentic Lebanese eatery, set right in the heart of Downtown Dubai overlooking the Dubai Fountains and the Burj Khalifa, has cooked up an extended menu of traditional Middle Eastern dishes with a signature twist. Prepare yourself for the biggest spread of cold and hot mezze, meaty main courses and a non-stop encore of customary Ramadan desserts. Iftar is Dhs335 per person, inclusive of Ramadan juices, children between three and 10 eat for Dhs175 and under three’s are free. Em Sherif, The Address Downtown, sunset – 9:30pm. (04) 4243000. info@emsherif.ae


Merge art with charity

LittlePicasso JLT Pullman

In the occasion of the Holy Month, Pullman Dubai in JLT has joined up with a non-profit art organisation and a day care centre for special needs children to launch a new art project – Little Picasso. A few local artists got together with the children to paint their masterpieces, which will be displayed in the hotel for sale. All money collected will be donated to the Senses Residential & Day Care Centre. Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster T, JLT. (04) 567 1100.


Celebrate Ramadan the Alserkal Avenue way


Never the one to do anything by the books, Alserkal Avenue’s contemporary pop-up Iftar #ThisIsNotABuffet will feature a creative culinary concept, fun activities and traditional music to help us all get together and embrace a community spirit. Held in a custom-designed warehouse in The Yard, use the #TogetherAgain hashtag on Instagram to spread the message that time spent with family and friends should be cherished. There will be trivia games, board games, music and a two-course or five-course menu to choose from. From Dhs90 – Dhs210, 0564993061 or email iftar@elements.catering.com


Make it personal


Sephora is running a limited edition personalised engraving service every Friday this month from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Any name, initials or message of your choice can be engraved on a bottle when you purchase a new Sephora perfume at The Dubai Mall (UAE), Mall of the Emirates (UAE), The Avenues Mall (Kuwait), Villaggio Mall (Qatar) and Mall of Dhahran (KSA).


Go Coconuts this Ramadan

vita coco

Fasting can take a toll on your hydration, especially when you combine a day’s fast with the ever increasing temperatures. Lulu Lemon has partnered up with Vita Coco to make sure you properly hydrate at sunset. Vita Coco will be available at Lulu Lemon stores across the UAE to provide you with some delicious coconut water. And even if you’re not fasting, you could use the sugar, electrolytes, potassium and sodium to fuel your weekend shop-a-thon. This weekend, find Vita Coco at the Lulu Lemon store at Mall of the Emirates from sunset on.

Take a breezy ride in a slide

slide downtown dubai

This weekend, we’ve got the newly installed outdoor slide near Burj Park at the top of our ‘to see’ list. Mounted at a 30-degree angle (seven metres tall at its highest point), this 19-metre tube is just screaming out to everyone’s inner child – don’t even pretend you don’t want a ride. And being Dubai, the slide is built with state-of-the-art insulation to ensure the inside is always kept nice and cool, no matter how hot it gets outside. You’ll find the slide right next to The Residences, open from 4pm to 1am daily and totally free to use.



Don’t panic, it’s organic

The Ripe Market has moved inside for summer

Now that it’s hot outside, don’t forget that Ripe Food & Crafts Market hasn’t disappeared, it’s just moved indoors. In their newly activated summer mode, find the incredibly popular produce and craft market at the Times Square Centre from now until the end of summer. It’s a great afternoon of fun and games for the kids all in an alfresco indoor setting. Saturdays from 9am to 3pm and free to attend. Times Square Centre. (04) 380 7602


Get together at The Majlis

majlis world trade centre

At Dubai World Trade Centre, The Majlis is an annual Dubai tradition for the month of Ramadan. They’ll be providing some fine-dining by world class chefs for your daily Iftar and Suhour in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Iftar:  7pm to 9pm daily, Suhour (which is a la carte): 9pm to 4am on weekends (3am weekdays). The Majlis, World Trade Centre. Dhs140 per person, (04) 308 6322.


Diary Dates

Monday June 13

wild wadi

Every Monday between 3pm – 7pm throughout Ramadan, Wild Wadi Waterpark is offering free entry to anyone who donates at least three items of clothes. Have a raid through your wardrobe for those items you know you never wear and donate them to a charitable cause in exchange for a first-come first-service basis entry to the park. The clothing will be donated to the Beit Al Kheir Society, a non-proft that assists underprivileged families in the region. Find Wild Wadi and all 30 of its incredible rides and attractions in front of the Burj Al Arab. (04) 348 4444 or email info@jumeirah.com

Tuesday June 14

The Ripe Market has moved inside for summer

Starting this Tuesday, Reform Social & Grill new playdate for kids and families with be screening movies at 3pm and in the ‘Kids Corner’ you’ll find more fun and games and face-painting while Mums and Dads can enjoy the 15-strong vendor market. Taking place every Tuesday until 5th July inside an air-conditioned tent from 1pm – 5pm, this afternoon out is complete with a ‘kids afternoon tea’ menu and a deli menu. Reform Social & Grill, Emirates Golf Club. (04) 454 2638.

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