Until Wednesday 28 August
If you haven’t made it away yet this summer and the kids are climbing the walls, it’s time to hit the UAE’s ultimate family Ramadan destination, Modhesh World. Inspired by the colourful mascot behind annual shopping festival Dubai Summer Surprises, the region’s largest indoor theme park comprises heritage land, adventure land, fantasy land, the creativity hall and a fun fair. We suggest the epic laser tag, zip lines and rollerblading for any mini adventurers you might have, while the storytelling, puppets, pony rides and super-cute animals are great for those who prefer something a little more relaxed.
INFO: Dhs15, Dubai World Trade Centre, 10am to 12am except Fridays 3pm to 12am, www.modheshworld.com.
Dubai Desert Run
Friday 2 August
Possibly the hottest race on Earth, Dubai Desert Run is designed for both the novice and pro alike. Starting at 6am to avoid the worst of the heat, there are 10km senior and 3km junior races and a 3km fun run. All are run on a traffic-free course within the Sevens Stadium’s grounds. There are trophies for winners in each category, while all finishers get a medal. INFO:
6am, The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, Dubai, 04 420 6001,
Ramadan Night Market
Thursday 1 Saturday 10 August
Visit the Ramadan Night Market to shop for goodies including handicrafts, toys, souvenirs, collectibles, garments and much more. It’s the perfect place to pick up some bargains from home-grown and international brands.
INFO: 8pm to 2am (during Ramadan), 5pm to midnight (during Eid), Dubai World Trade Centre, www.ramadannightmarket.com.
Yas Drive Experiences
Apparently Jude Law loved his Yas Drive Experience in the open-cockpit Yas Supersport SST (a mini version of Le Mans endurance vehicles) so much he told bosses that he’s coming back to do it again! Although Mr Law may have been and gone, you can still bag yourself a driving experience at Yas. The Supersport SST features everything you’ll need for handling a hair-raising day on Yas Marina Circuit’s long straights and high-speed corners.
INFO: Dhs1,200, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com.
Al Ain Zoo Night Safari
Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 August
Phew, not only is it way too hot for us out there right now, but it’s also a bit warm for the exotic residents of Al Ain Zoo. So what better way to see them than while they enjoy the cooling desert breeze that comes only in the evening? Head along to Al Ain Zoo and take advantage of their cool night safari timings. See their amazing 18 species of animal including hippos, giraffes and gazelles.
INFO: Dhs15 (adults,) Dhs5 (children), Al Ain Zoo & Aquarium, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, 6pm to 10pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 03 799 2000, www.awpr.ae.
Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai
A delicious iftar buffet packed with traditional Arabic dishes, international offerings and featuring some rather unusual speciality camel-milk delicacies.
INFO: Dhs155. Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 308 0550, www.raddisonblu.com.
Desert Palm’s award winning Rare restaurant is offering an exclusive boutique iftar with views across the lush polo fields and the impressive Dubai city skyline.
INFO: Dhs145, Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road (just past Dragon Mart), Dubai, 04 323 8888, www.desertpalm.peraquum.com.
The Address Downtown
Take iftar at The Address Downtown, where modern Dubai meets Middle Eastern grace and where authentic regional flavours meet classic Arabian hospitality.
INFO: Dhs180, The Address Downtown,
The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 04 436 8888,
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
The glitziest event in town, the glam Emirates Palace Ramadan tent seats 1,200 guests and boasts divine dishes from executive chef Sandro Gamba.
INFO: Dhs249, Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 02 690 7999, www.kempinski.com.
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Try executive sous chef Ivan Musoni’s authentic Arabic specialities alongside signature Eastern Mediterranean dishes inspired by the culinary heritage of Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.
INFO: Dhs180, Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, 30 Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 596 1234, www.abudhabi.capitalgate.hyatt.com.