Over Ramadan Dubai tends to settle into a slower pace as many people observe the holy month.
Just because things tends to slow down doesn’t mean there aren't many Ramadan activities for family in Dubai. There’s plenty to see and do across the city, plus many activities are located indoors to beat the summer heat. Check out our top list of ideas that will help to keep your little ones entertained.
Top ten list of Ramadan activities for family in Dubai
1. Enjoy a traditional Iftar or Suhoor
An Iftar meal is of the must-do experiences of the season and one of the most fulfilling cultural experiences to enjoy. They are a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditions of Islam, and experience the warmth of Emirati hospitality at its best. Iftar is the meal that breaks the day’s fasting at sunset, and is a special time for friends and family to get together, relax and refresh. These dinner events often go long into the night, and are one of the most fun things to do in Dubai for Ramadan. Plus, they’re family-friendly too!
The Iftar at the Palace Downtown is one of the more famous in town, and you can even hear the canon fire marking sundown each night which adds to the atmosphere. Further south, Atlantis on the Palm is also well-regarded for putting on an Iftar feast of epic proportions complete with entertainment.
2. Soar through the sky with Seawings
Celebrate the best of the Emirates with a thrilling seaplane flight, you’ll get to take in all the world-famous landmarks that put Dubai on the map, and gives you a sense of how far the Emirate has come. Enjoy quality time with the kids and point out your favourite landmarks. The Burj Al Arab and Palm islands look amazing from the sky, you might even be able to find your own home! Take time out with the family and see the city from a unique perspective – this is the best Ramadan activity for family in Dubai. Did we mention you even get to meet the pilot too?
3. Escape reality at the new VR Park
Take yourself out of this world at the new virtual reality park in Dubai Mall – go on a mission with the action character John Wick or travel across the city without even going outdoors! It’s the perfect activity for when you feel like you need some action without breaking into a sweat, plus it’s a fun thing to do in Dubai for Ramadan in 2018. Just note this activity is best with school age children as there are height and age restrictions.
4. See the story of Dubai at La Perle
La Perle is a celebration of Dubai and tells the story of the city through a spectacular show of dance, music and jaw-dropping acrobatics. Take the family for a colourful afternoon performance with a difference, and prepare to be captivated! It’s likely to inspire some follow up performances at home. This is one of the more unique Ramadan activities for family in Dubai.
5. Treat the kids to a theme park
Take advantage of the Ramadan offers, you’ll find plenty of the theme parks will have special offers on during this time, and the parks will be much quieter during the day too. If your kids like action try Aquaventure or Wild Wadi. IMG Worlds of Adventure is a great choice for this time of year too, as the part is completely indoors and air-conditioned.
6. Make it a movie date
Escape the heat this Ramadan and take it to the theatre to check out one of the latest summer movie releases. The hard part will be getting the kids to decide which movie to watch! Just be sure to book in advance.
7. Hit the slopes at Ski Dubai
For a cool escape from the Ramadan heat take the kids for a day on the slopes. Have a penguin encounter or sign for lessons. The best part is that Ski Dubai will look after everything from their jackets to the skis themselves so you can simply relax or take part in the fun yourself!
8. Explore the rainforest at Green Planet
One of Dubai’s newer attractions Green Planet is an extraordinary biodome that takes visitors on a journey through the rainforest. The children will love spotting animals living throughout the ecosystem including frogs and fish, or take up one of the sloth encounters!
9. Jump high at BOUNCE!
This popular indoor trampoline park is a great place for kids to cut loose in the free jumping area or play a game of dodge ball. You can even take it to the next level with the Bounce Academy for trampolining and gymnastics, there are classes suitable for both kids and adults.
10. Get creative at OliOli
This creative indoor play space is perfect for busy hands and minds. The giant knitted playground by Japanese Artist Toshiko MacAdam is a highlight and fun to navigate. There are gallery spaces as well as areas for interactive play. You can even design your own fish and see it come to life in the digital aquarium!
If you planning on getting away for Eid Al Fitr, check out this blog for easy destinations within the UAE.
Did you know we have a residents offer for 30% off all our award-winning Silver Seaplane flights? Plus, children under two years old fly free. Make it a Ramadan to remember and fly with this!
Our award-winning seaplane tour is one of the most memorable Ramadan activities for family in Dubai.