The weekend is here, and we’re going to be making the most of it with night markets, iftars, and pampering sessions with a difference.

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Thursday 1

Check out the Ramadan Night Market

Get into the Ramadan spirit by heading along to this night market, held over 10 days during the Holy Month. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique gift (or treat yourself… we’re not here to judge), with vendors selling clothes, accessories, beauty products, handicrafts, and more. There are also plenty of games and activities to keep the little ones entertained, including an entire Kids Play Area.

Halls 7 & 8, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Thurs June 1 to Sat June 10, 8pm to 2am. Dhs5 entry, or free for under-5s. More info on website.

Stop by a new Dubai Mall exhibition

This month in The Dubai Mall you’ll find a special Ramadan exhibition that takes you through the Golden Ages of Islam, highlighting the work of many different Islamic scholars and craftsmen. There’s a Knowledge Zone, a Film Zone, a Fashion Zone, and more. You can find a map of all the different zones are here.

Throughout The Dubai Mall, 10am to 3am, every day of Ramadan. Tel: (800) 382246255. More info on website. 

Friday 2

Enjoy some guilt-free pampering

Throughout Ramadan, for every mani/pedi treatment of the month or mani/pedi with head, neck and shoulder massage purchased, Tips & Toes salon will provide a warm and nutritious meal to someone in need. Beauty teams will volunteer to distribute the iftar boxes to labourers across Dubai and Sharjah – and the more treatments purchased, the more food boxes they can supply. Treat yourself with the knowledge you’re doing something to help another.

Available at all Tips & Toes salons, both treatments cost Dhs250. More information on website.

Experience iftar in Old Dubai

The wonderful folk at Unseen Trails have organised a Ramadan walking tour through one of Dubai’s oldest neighbourhoods. You’ll trek into Naif just before sunset, witnessing the area come to life as the locals gather in preparation of breaking their fast. You’ll join them for a traditional iftar snack, before heading to an Afghani eatery for a full meal. Be sure to bring your camera.

Meet at Al Ras Metro Station, Dubai, Tues May 30 to Tues June 20, tour starts at 5.20pm. Dhs595. Booking details on website.

Saturday 3

Take a wellness workshop

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont The Palm is hosting a “find your energy” workshop, based on the Chinese practice of Qigong. You’ll learn about meditation, breathing techniques and art therapy on this introspective journey.

Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat June 3, 5pm to 7pm. Dhs100 (including yoga mats, towels, and refreshments). Tel: (04) 457 3545. More info on Facebook.

Find some handmade goodies

ARTE, the Maker’s Market, is the largest urban arts and crafts market in the UAE. Tonight you’ll find 35 local designers setting up shop of the first floor of Mercato Mall, selling one-of-a-kind gifts and statement-making pieces (how gorgeous is the skull print on this Jessica Lily top? And yes, you can find it at the market…).

Mercato Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, Sat June 3, 5pm to midnight. Free entry. More info on Facebook.

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