Having officially started last month, Ramadan in Dubai, and the celebrations that go along with it isn’t over yet. Far from it, June continues to see the sumptuous Iftar meals at rather unique venues like Dubai Opera and Legoland, as well as the traditional Al Majlis dining experience in a pop-up Arabian tent. It’s all ongoing until mid-June, after which the celebration of Eid takes over bringing family-friendly celebrations for kids of all ages, allowing holidaymakers to get into the spirit of the season as well as learn about the meaning behind these religious celebrations and enjoy top entertainment with fabulous theatre shows, from My Little Pony to Peter Pan. Oh, and DSS 2018 launches before the month ends, bringing special treats to shopaholics worldwide. That’s without even mentioning the special events planned around FIFA World Cup 2018 and the launch of Modhesh World. More on all of these and other Dubai events this June below.
Last chance to enjoy a sumptuous Iftar (until 14th June)
The celebrations of the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai will end by mid-June so you still have some time to enjoy a succulent Iftar (the meal with which Muslims break fast after sunset) fit for a king or queen at a number of Dubai restaurants and venues. From sumptuous buffets to three-course menus featuring traditional Arabic cuisine as well as lavish international fare, from Australian wagyu meat to 100 percent vegan feasts in settings as varied as Legoland, the Dubai Opera or a traditional Al Majlis tent; there´s a world of choice on offer and a limited time to enjoy so make the most of it by dining around Dubai each day of your stay and enjoying a different Iftar experience each evening.
Modhesh World (7 June to 25 August)
Just as schools around the world start breaking up (though not for a few more weeks in the UK) Dubai starts upping its game in family-friendly entertainment to keep the youngest visitors thoroughly busy. The 19th edition of Modhesh World kicks off early this month and brings a world of fun pursuits for little minds with a colossal indoor entertainment venue with amazing amusement for all ages. The theme this year is “My Modhesh, My World” and takes over Halls 1 to 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, split into the following zones: Amusement Park, Show Land, Jam Base and Modhesh Bazaar, all of which are air-conditioned and packed with exciting, interactive experiences. Entry is just 25 AED (around £5) per person and kids under 3 go free!
Eid Al Fitr (14 to 18 June)
Waving goodbye to the Ramadan season, the Eid Al Fitr holiday takes over Dubai for four days of celebrations and extravagant lunches where people greet each other by wishing them a blessed Eid (“Eid Mubarak”). But it’s not all about eating in daylight again, there’s more to Eid than the official breaking of fast, as it also marks the beginning of Shawwal, the ten-month year in the lunar Islamic calendar. To welcome the new year a variety of festive events are planned throughout the city, just check out the Eid Special section below.
Dubai Summer Surprises kicks off (22 June - 4 August)
Officially kicking off the summer season in style Dubai’s most famous shopping festival launches at the end of the month bringing six weeks of amazing deals, citywide sales and awesome daily surprises. From exclusive passes giving you access to top Dubai attractions for less to flash sales and daily deals, this is the time to go shopping mad in Dubai and make the most of bargains galore!
Nikki Beach’s mega club pool party (29 and 30 June)
Closing down the outdoor party season in style, Nikki Beach Club at Dubai’s Nikki Beach resort will stage its Deluxe Pool Party to mark the end of spring with a big bang. Famous for its epic pool parties which bring the world’s top DJs to spin some tunes, Nikki Beach’s last big hoorah this season entails an all-day-long party for two days (from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) with inflatable toys, live entertainment and
DJ beats. Keen party-goers have one last chance to get in on the pool party action at Nikki Beach before summer brings it all to an end until next year’s spring season kicks it off again.
FIFA World Cup at Soho Garden and Fairmont, The Palm (14 June to 15 July)
FIFA fever takes over the world this June and Dubai is no exception to the football craze taking hold of screens around the globe. Gearing up to the football action there are two venues that are going the extra mile in Dubai to ensure footie fans can watch the games in style.
The first of these is Soho Garden, where the live action from Russia will be broadcast at giant cinema-style screens in a covered indoor garden. All 64 games will be live-streamed and for viewers’ added comfort, the chilled atmosphere will be perfectly complemented by a football-inspired menu consisting of fast food favourites, from burgers and nachos to flat-breads and an excellent selection of beers to wash it all down with. To finish off the football enrapture in style, you can celebrate the end of each match (whether that’s to celebrate a win or to forget about a sore loss) with live DJ action every night starting 17th June.
Fairmont The Palm is also stepping up to the football frenzy by setting up a World Cup tent at its Palm Courtyard, where one giant screen plus multiple smaller screens ensure viewers don’t miss a single moment of the match. Every game will be live-streamed and fans will be treated to the comforts of the air-conditioned tent with added football ambience as waiters served as referees tend to your every need. The menu is extensive and like Soho Garden’s includes a variety of snacks, light bites, popcorn shrimp and beef sliders. All you need to enjoy the football action here is spend a minimum of 95 AED (around £20) on food and drinks.
Eid Special - Top celebrations
Eid Celebrations at the Dubai Mall (14 to 16 June)
The “Sheibitna Eid” celebration arrives in Dubai Mall this month to delight the youngest family members. Sheibitna is a grandfatherly figure (not unlike the western Christmas equivalent of Father Christmas, but less magical and wiser) who tells children stories during Eid and brings seasonal treats. He will come to life at Dubai Mall for three days as part of a move to encourage interactions between the elderly and the wider public. For the occasion, real-life grandpas from care homes across the UAE will come to add their voices to this endearing moment.
Eid at Children’s City (14 to 15 June)
The educational mini city created exclusively for kids aged between two and fifteen will be in full celebration mode this Eid with a series of play and learn experiences. Under the theme “Make this Eid a memorable one - visit Children’s City” there will be endless opportunities for young minds to explore, discover and learn about our planet and the world we live in. For two days, the youngest family members will be able to fly into another dimension at the space centre and planetarium, go green at the nature zone, visit the human body gallery and check out the earth science gallery. All this for just 10 AED (£2) in the case of children and 14 AED (less than £3) for adults. Family packages for two adults and two kids are available for just 40 AED (£8). A great and incredibly inexpensive day out for the whole family.
Vlahek and Vukalovic Live at Dubai Opera (20 June)
The most special of classic performances this month in Dubai comes from award-winning duo, Bruno Vlahek and Dubravka Vukalovic, both of whom bring a cohesive mix of sounds and piano rhythms to the Dubai Opera stage. This couple of virtuosos will enchant the audience with their talent, after winning the International Piano Four-Hands competition. Both are accomplished pianists and composers in their own right and together they create magic Enjoy a music revelry like no other at the Dubai Opera’s Music in the Studio event this coming 20th June. The show starts at 8 p.m. and concert prices start at 150 AED (close to £31).
Celebrating Diversity at Madinat Theatre (22 to 23 June)
Highlighting local talent and celebrating diversity as the ultimate spice of life, the 9th edition of Diverse Choreography Performing Arts School’s annual variety show will take over Dubai for two very special days full of enrapturing performances. Be Diverse will allow the audience to enjoy a line-up of talented junior dances from around the world who unite to give an outstanding performance. From amazingly choreographed numbers that are sure to get the audience on their feet to more subdued pieces, it all helps shine a light on blossoming, diverse talent. Highlights include a Shrek-styled skit and a grand finale medley from The Greatest Showman score. All this and much more for just 189 AED (around £40), giving you access to four and a half hours of pure, enlivening entertainment!
Ramadinazation at the Gallery of Light (until 17th June)
Held every year at DUCTAC’s Gallery of Light, Ramadanization returns to Dubai for the third consecutive year to coincide with the celebration of the holy month of Ramadan. Designed to celebrate this important religious festivity in the Muslim world and showcase Dubai’s talented community of artists, and not just renowned artists but anyone who wishes to submit their work. The theme is to show what Ramadan means to each artist and the results are displayed for all to see. The atmosphere is decidedly festive and gives visitors, especially holidaymakers, a unique chance to learn about Muslim culture in the most colourful, spiritual and artistic way possible. Entry to the gallery is free.
My Little Pony Live at Dragon Mart 2 (14 to 24 June)
Taking over the Dragon Mart 2 during Eid, My Little Pony comes to life with a live show for the delight of little girls (and quite possibly their mums) giving them all a chance to meet some of their favourite characters from the popular children’s cartoon. Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Sparkle will all trot down in the Eid live parade and will be available for meet and greet sessions - for extra fee fans can get a special souvenir with fantastic photo opportunities. The live shows take place daily at 5, 6 and 7:45 p.m. and the action is free for all to enjoy!
Peter Pan Live at Ibn Battuta Mall (15 to 23 June)
As part of Dubai Summer Surprises, the famous story of the boy who never grew up comes to life at the China Court stage of Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall. Watch Peter along with Tinkerbell, Wendy and his other friends take you back to your childhood in a memorable trip to Neverland, where they will attempt to save their magical home from the clutches of Captain Hook and his pirates. A classic tale that the whole family will enjoy.