Things to do during Ramadan in the UAE
Take a Culinary Cruise
Cruising the Dubai Creek would be an uncomfortable experience at this time of year if it wasn’t for Bateaux Dubai’s air-conditioned luxury. The glass-topped vessel affords stunning views of Deira and Bur Dubai in cool-as-cucumber climates while serving up serious cuisine such as blue crab and popcorn crusted prawn with apple and watermelon and lamb loin and shoulder confit with parsnip, parsley, parmesan, roasted capsicum and lemon-thyme sauce. For dessert, try the nut cake with rhubarb, kaffir lime leaves, raspberry, mascarpone and poppy seeds from the new summer menu. These dinner cruises make a memorable alternative to classic iftars, and are perfect for visiting relatives.
Get Active at Al Forsan
Staying cool while working up a sweat is easy enough thanks to the indoor facilities of Al Forsan International Sports Resort. Whether you like horse-riding, football, basketball, shooting or paintballing, it can all be done in the comfort of a well air-conditioned arena. For a more traditional way to stay cool, guests can also try out a number of watersports on the purpose-built lakes.
INFO: Prices vary according to activity, 9am-10pm daily, 9th St, Sas Al Nakhl, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 02 556 8555, www.alforsan.com
Get Lost in Galleries
If there’s a more creative hub in the whole of the UAE than Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz, we haven’t found it. This Ramadan, why not immerse yourself in this organic arts and culture centre in Dubai, which has an eclectic mix of industrial businesses and arts spaces? With more than 20 galleries in close proximity, this is a great place to see contemporary art in the form of pictures, paintings and sculptures.
Get Your Skates On
Achieve the perfect balance of keeping cool and exercising at Dubai Ice Rink. With access to the rink starting from just Dhs60, where better to spend your time with friends? Special disco sessions are also available in the evenings with strobe lighting and a DJ playing the best of hip-hop, R&B and trance.
INFO: Dhs60-Dhs80 per person, 10am-12midnight daily, The Dubai Mall, 04 448 5111, www.dubaiicerink.com
Wadi Adventure is home to an array of adrenaline-fuelled activities, including surfing, white-water rafting, wake- boarding and even an aerial obstacle course for some high-flying! The facility also holds four restaurants with breath-taking mountain views!
INFO: Dhs50 adult general admission, Dhs25 children, activities start at Dhs25 each, 12noon-9pm Sun-Sat, Jebel Hafeet, 03 781 8422, www.wadiadventure.ae
Time Travel at Dubai Museum
Thanks to all of the new glitz and glamour of the UAE, it’s easy to forget that this place has a rich background of culture that was here long before the skyscrapers were erected. Luckily, Dubai Museum showcases the part of history that many people have overlooked, housed in the 200-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, which was once the home of Dubai’s ruling family. Today it holds plenty of interesting artefacts, relics and photographs of how the emirate looked in simpler times.
INFO: Dhs3 per person, 8.30am-8.30pm Sat-Thu, 2.30pm-8.30pm Fri, 62A Street, Bur Dubai, 04 353 1862
Take a Leap of Faith
Defy gravity from the safety of just a few feet above ground at iFLY Dubai. It’s the ultimate high for those with an urge to fly, although there are some restrictions on who can take part in the indoor skydiving facility (for example, kids under three years-old are not permitted).
INFO: From Dhs175 per person, 10am-12midnight Mon-Wed, 10am-1am Thu-Sun, City Centre Mirdif, Dubai, 04 231 6292, www.theplaymania.com/ifly