Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar; a month where Muslims fast for approximately 30 days and give as much as they can to charity. And every year, I’ve done the same thing – I’ve observed the holy month in Great Britain. It was refreshing to see how Ramadhan was celebrated and observed in another country. First, I thought it would be difficult because of the heat. Luckily, a lot of hotels have air conditioning and it feels completely comfortable.
So, whether you are travelling to Dubai this Summer and but your vacation dates fall during Ramadan, or you wish to purposely book Ramadan holiday dates – here is a guide to delicious Emirati food to sightseeing during Ramadan. This guide will show you how you can turn holidaying in Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and charity, into a thrilling experience.
Dine in an evening at an Iftar Buffet
For any holiday-goers who want to appreciate the warmth and celebration of this special time, this is the time to visit some wonderful Iftar buffets and iftar tents to enjoy an authentic Ramadan experience. The meal with which Muslims break their fast every evening is a celebratory occasion in Dubai city. From all-you-can-eat feasts to grand iftar tents, the city bursts into life post sunset. From the finest Arabic and Emirati dishes to shisha and board games, iftar is a wonderland for food lovers and great to interact with locals.
While you’re here during Ramadan, do try suhoor, a meal taken before dawn (in other words, a pre-fast meal).
If you know any local families in Dubai, gather together with loved ones for an evening of fun and delicious home cooked food! Check out some of these delicious options:
Wok Boyz in Dubai
Paying homage to Dubai and to make Asian cuisine a viable choice for iftar and suhoor, Wok Boyz are offering iftar meals for dine-in, takeaway and delivery with a choice of prawn or rice crackers, sweet corn soup, street tofu or spicy Korean wings, customisable wok combo and beverage. Moreover, with the demand for healthy options on the rise, Wok Boyz have introduced quinoa on-the-wok, revamping menu options, with healthy options paired with tofu, chicken, beef or prawn.
InterContinental Dubai Marina
Embraces the Holy Month of Ramadan with a variety of brilliant experiences showcasing true Arabic friendliness harmonising with their famous InterContinental service. Ideal for celebrating together with families and loved ones, iftar will be available daily in Accents Restaurant & Terrace as well as Marina Social from the first sighting of the moon in mid-June until mid-July 2018.
The Iftar offering features a wide-ranging buffet, against glittering Marina views with freshly prepared treats from the Chefs enjoyed with moving tunes from the oud player.
A Japanese Iftar
Experience a modern Iftar with Dubai’s in crowd at Nobu, fashionable Japanese cuisine in a beautiful modern space. Chef Nobu’s signature dishes include Steamed Seabass Dry Miso with Eggplant Puree and Creamy Rock Shrimp with a spin on Iftar staples such as dried fruit and vegetables to break your fast.
No more queues or crowds in Dubai
If you visit Dubai in the month of fasting, and have already visited at an alternative time of the year previously, you’ll realise how different the pace is – everything slows down in Dubai during Ramadan – people work shorter hours, shopping malls are quieter and it feels less touristy.
You’ll find that you won’t be waiting in long queues at tourist attraction. Most of the tourist attractions are open during the day and you will not have to wait in long queues. It’s easier to get tickets for landmarks like Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and fun places like skydive Dubai or Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Hotels are cheaper in Ramadan in Dubai
Travelling to Dubai on a budget has never been easier in the month of Ramadan! With luxury hotels providing excellent Ramadan arrangements and discounts, you can save more while holidaying in Dubai. Look out for hotels in prime locations; some of them even offer iftar and suhoor meals as a part of the Dubai Ramadan special packages.
Spending Ramadan in Dubai is a cultural experience
It’s a wonderful time – to witness. The cultural experience is unforgettable. As I fast in the UK anyway, having a different kind of experience is a great thing - IT’s eye opening.
If you get a chance to visit Dubai to witness this time, I’d recommend it.
There are perks of going during this time as well, like the cheaper accommodation and flights, plus the fewer crowds to deal with. Be sure to be respectful of their Emirati customs during this time though.