Your Ultimate Ramadan Guide in Dubai: authentic Iftars light projections 1001-lantern pathway, fireworks and moonlit markets

Dubai Office 

Slow mornings and vivacious nights – few things beat Ramadan in Dubai. Explore citywide dining experiences and charming markets at hotspots like Bluewaters, Al Seef, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Khawaneej Walk and more.

Unique experiences
Bluewaters Ramadan Activities :
An idyllic and modern waterfront destination, Bluewaters will be transformed into the perfect Ramadan atmosphere. Henna, Oud playing, a falconer, and a kids’ arts and crafts workshop will enchant every family member. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the destination’s very own Ramadan canon, which will sound at sunset to signal the break of the fast. Authentic Arabian dates and coffee will surely elevate your night, making Bluewaters the ultimate place to spend your post-Iftar hours.

Al Seef Ramadan Art Nights & Lights and Market :
Al Seef will host its first-ever Ramadan Lights Festival, complementing the month’s spirit with immersive displays. Stunning light projections will illuminate the sky every night followed by breathtaking fireworks over the historic Dubai Creek. With lanterns lining the pathway, there’s no better backdrop for the firing of the canon at Iftar time by Dubai Police. Visit the main event area right before sunset to catch the customary display that marks the breaking of the fast. Bask in the sounds of quanun, oud and violins, while little ones can whisk off to faraway worlds at the storytelling corner or get competitive at quiz nights.

While there, dabble in a host of artistic pursuits. Until 22 April, art-inspired zones will spread across Al Seef’s charming alleyways and sandstone structures.

JBR Ramadan Activities :
Stroll under the Ramadan moon and shimmering skyscrapers at JBR, The Walk. With immersive activities for little ones, including arts and crafts and board games, Oud players, Henna, Arabian dates and coffee, and a falconer – there’s something to dazzle every visitor every night.
Al Khawaneej Walk and Last Exit Al Khawaneej Ramadan Activities

From 24 March every weekend, the charming neighbourhood hotspot Al Khawaneej Walk will be bursting with cultural activities and spectacles, from Hakawati storyteller to an outdoor cinema featuring Ramadan shows. Revel in the calming melody of the Qanun and Oud, win exciting prizes during the Ramadan quizzes, or catch a family favourite flick alfresco. Plus, for little ones, hands-on arts and crafts activities await.

Boxpark Ramadan Art Nights :
Boxpark’s distinct aesthetic and urban theme make way for an equally distinctive calendar of experiences. From painting and sculpture to photography, the neighbourhood hotspot is moonlighting as an outdoor urban art gallery until 22 April. Walk its length dotted with live performances, interactive experiences and kids’ art workshops. Paintings, photo galleries and music will drum up a second-to-none Ramadan atmosphere.

Madame Tussauds
Make your own wax figure – of sorts – at Madame Tussauds. Have your own hand modeled in wax and decorated to the nines. The experience is part of an exclusive package for AED180, including entrance and unlimited digital photos.
Dining festivities
The Pods
The Pods have whipped up an intimate dining atmosphere for Ramadan, indulge in your pick of delectable appetizers, from steamed dumplings with prawns and water chestnuts to crispy Korean chicken with Asian pickles and gochujang mayo.
Vaga marries the best Arabic and Armenian cultures on one plate. The bistro has curated an entrancing Iftar set menu for AED300 per person, or you can revel in Vaga’s upscale ambience for Suhoor sampling signature a la carte dishes.
The London Project
The London Project channels the buzzing palate of Camden street eats, Mayfair’s polished flair, and the modern cuisine of a Shoreditch kitchen. It has crafted a special four-course Iftar meal for AED198 that packs a punch, from grilled seabream to citrus crème brulée.
With its backdrop of the glittering sea and skyline, there’s no better place to break your fast than Leen’s. Tuck into a wholesome four-course set menu, courtesy of a culinary team that values fresh, nutrient-rich ingredients.
This self-proclaimed famous Turkish Meatery is known for its tender, prime-quality cuts. Sink your teeth into a mix of grilled beef dishes and traditional trends
Tuck into traditional Nikkei cuisine – a fusion of traditional Japanese recipes and Peruvian ingredients – at Clay. Think rich coconut soup and seabass with Nishiki rice. Sample signature amid chic interiors over a five-course set menu.
Meaning “warmth” in Hindi, Ushna delivers an authentic, yet contemporary taste of Indian cuisine. Indulge in a four-course set menu inspired by centuries-old recipes while soaking in views of Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s stunning waterways. The package includes complimentary water and Ramadan juices.
An extensive Arabian feast awaits at Newton. Three courses, starting from flavour-packed Mezza dishes to delectable desserts, will satisfy .
Anar’s flavour-packed Persian recipes date back over 2,500 years. Indulge in a four-course set menu with choices of soups, mains, side dishes and desserts. All this, with a side of captivating Burj Al Arab views. Water and juices are complimentary.
Al Makan
Al Makan is home to an authentic blend of Lebanese, Emirati and international cuisine. For AED110 per person, you can feast on Fattoush, fried kibbeh, spicy potatoes, shish tawook and more. With doors open until 2AM, there’s no rush to leave – enjoy shisha, keep nibbling on a la carte plates and revel in the company of friends.
When: Iftar
WKD Chicken
Comfort food reaches new levels at WKD Chicken. The home of succulent southern chicken and crispy waffle fries, WKD has put together three meal offers Grab a meal perfect for you, a duo meal for two or four to share.
Get your post-Iftar caffeine pick-me-up at Bay Avenue’s Caribou Coffee. grab one small coffee and a cake, from Oreo to praline and chocolate mousse.
Allo Beirut
Allo Beirut dishes up fast-casual Levantine fare straight off the streets of Lebanon’s buzzing capital. At sunset, enjoy a spread of starters, including lentil soup, fattoush, hummus, sambousek and more followed by their talk-of-the-town shawarmas, succulent shish tawouk and desserts.

Barbecue Delights :
Feast on a buffet boasting the best of Pakistani, Afghani and North Indian cuisine. With more than 50 dishes, pile your plate high with traditional Iftar foods, freshly barbequed cuts, spicy Nihari and more. After 8:30pm, you can enjoy a 25% discount on the Iftar buffet menu.
The streets of Mexico have never been nearer. Experience true Mexican flavours at Taqado with Ramadan sharing boxes starting at only AED89. Crispy tacos, scorching hot fajitas, meticulously marinated chicken fillings – it’s a treat.