Shop till you drop

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Want to get a headstart on your eid shopping as well as avoid the crowds at malls? Thanks to the Ramadan markets around town you can do just that — the Fabula Ramadan Souq at Madina Mall, Dubai, runs until June 8 from 2pm to 12am. Browse through clothes, jewellery, footwear and perfumes as well as home-décor. Entry and parking are free. For further details, call 050 538 4952.

It’s go big or go home at the Dubai World Trade Centre’s Ramadan Big Bazaar. You can shop for major brands while raking in big savings. After getting your hands on great deals, head to the majlis and get some henna designs on your hands. From 7pm to 2am. Entry and parking are free and the bazaar has a children’s play area so the tots are kept busy while you go bargain hunting. The 15-day sale begins on May 21.

The Ramadan Trunk Show is returning for its tenth edition Friday at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai with an extensive collection of fashion, jewellery and accessories from up-and-coming designers. From 11am to 11pm with free entry. For more details call 050 290 4419 or email

Beat the heat by making a splash at Yas Waterworld


The water themepark is offering special discounts that are valid only throughout Ramadan — get 50 per cent discounts on single-day tickets, which means you’ll only spend Dh130 per person. For those who love to get wet at any time of the year, you can get an annual pass — valid for 12 months — at half-price for Dh495. You can double the discount and upgrade your full-priced single-day ticket (ranging from Dh210 to Dh265) to an annual pass as well. The offers are valid only during the month of Ramadan. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or from

Paddle up


Take in the exquisite Louvre from the stillness of the Arabian Sea with a tour on a kayak. You can learn all about the distinctive architecture of the museum from a unique perspective. Lasting one hour and only on Fridays and Saturdays until June 7, this is your last chance to go kayaking at the museum before it’s too hot. If you wish to try this out but have no prior experience, don’t worry, you will be accompanied by professional instructors and given a safety and paddle briefing before the tour. Dh120 per person, children between the ages of six and 12 are to be accompanied by parents or guardians. For more information or to book tickets visit

Strike a chord

Nima Nabavi and Yasiin Bey

Experience the duality of music and art with the immersive sound installation Negus. Designed by rapper Yasiin Bey in collaboration with a group of artists in London. The installation has travelled around the world and takes a different form in each city. Running until June 4 at The Third Line gallery at Alserkal Avenue, the Dubai iteration features Dream Study — a single, five-minute-long composition produced by Lord Tusk. Also featured as part of the exhibition is artwork by Nima Nabavi inspired by and made in response to the composition. Entry Dh22, from 10am- 7pm. Call 04 341 1367.

Art for the heart

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This Ramadan, celebrate the spirit of tolerance at The Dubai Mall, which is hosting a series of calligraphy exhibitions displaying customs and traditions from different cultures. The Light Calligraphy exhibition is only on until Saturday so don’t miss out on the works of Karim Jabbari — one of the world’s leading public artists whose work features ancient Kufi and Maghrebi scripts created with incredible attention to detail. Other exhibitions include Quran Tech by Dubai Culture that’s running until May 27 at Bloomingdale’s Atrium, where a giant interactive cube which will inspire and educate you on the Quran. You can also select five verses under the theme of tolerance and create a calligraphy print in Arabic or any other language. Free entry, from 10am- 1am. Call 04 362 7500.

The Sharjah Art Foundation is hosting the Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber, which will showcase three unique exhibitions curated by Vietnam-based writer Zoe Butt, artist, writer and editor Omar Kholeif and art historian Claire Tancons. The echo chamber is a metaphor for new media and the capitalist society that we are currently living in. The exhibition does not propose how to leave this context rather put into conversation how one might navigate and re-negotiate such a structure. Free entry, from 9am- 2pm in the morning and 9.30- 11.30pm in the evening and closed on Fridays. Call 06 568 5050.

Good night and great art

Picture courtesy of Art Jameel

With all the cool after-hours activities the city has got going during Ramadan, Dubai can give New York tough competition for the title of ‘the city that never sleeps’. The Jameel Arts Centre is hosting a Ramadan Night Tour on May 21 that will take you through works of contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition, spread across five galleries. Make the night even more beautiful by getting minimalist henna art done by Dr. Azra Khamissa, who is reimagining the time-honoured tradition of henna design. From 9.30pm to 11.30pm. Entry is free, register at

Ramadan at Alserkal Avenue


Time to let your competitive spirit out. A4 Space, Warehouse 4 has a board games marathon happening on May 22 and May 29 from 8 to 11pm. Organised with the help of Boardgame Space, these nights will bring back fond memories of your childhood as you crowd around the board with your friends, eagerly waiting to determine the winner. Entry is free; register at

One can never be too old for stories. Find a comfortable spot and lean back for a storytelling session in Majilis, The Yard on May 22 from 9.30pm to 10.30pm. Through the imaginative narrative performed by the Storytellers Company, you can transport yourself into the time where people came together to listen to orations of folklore and legends. Entry is free.

All aboard


Step onboard the iconic QE 2 and take a journey through its storied history. You can discover the rich heritage during the QE2 Heritage trail, which begins with an interactive showcase of some of its prominent features including The Bridge, the Queen’s Room, the original dining venues and a wide collection of historical artifacts. Grab this opportunity to take a tour of the ship that has transported the likes of Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth Taylor and David Bowie. Dh170 per person, daily heritage trails take place at 3pm, 5pm, 8pm and 9pm, during the month of Ramadan. Call 04 526 888.