As the month long festivities of Ramadan comes to an end with the breaking of the fast, Eid Al-Fitr, UAE gears up for its new month of Shawwal in the lunar calendar. The government declared holidays for Eid Al-Fitr for 2018. If Eid falls on Friday (making Ramadan 29 days), private-sector companies will be closed until Saturday, with work resuming on Sunday. If it falls on Saturday (making Ramadan 30 days) companies will remain closed until Sunday, resuming work on Monday. The official start of Eid Al Fitr is subject to the moon sighting.
Eid Al-Fitr is seen as an occasion of peace, happiness and festivity. It’s a day for special prayers and an extension of forgiveness and generosity. The festival celebrates togetherness and encourages fellowship. The day marks one of two holy feasts celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The first day of Eid Al Fitr – which translates in Arabic to the feast of breaking the fast – coincides with the first day of the lunar calendar month of Shawwal.
All of UAE is immersed in the festivities. Even though non-muslims participate in the festivities through friends and acquaintances, many take vacations or visit their families in their home country. This is also a time when tour packages to Dubai are relatively low-cost compared to peak season in November – March. For the tourists who come during Ramadan, they may be feeling as if they are missing all the action. That’s not true though. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit during the holy month. The landmarks of Dubai are unique and worth a visit even without an entry to the premises. Besides, most of them are open with special timings for Ramadan. You just need to be prepared beforehand by checking the visiting hours online.
MyVilla.com wishes everyone Eid Mubarak and suggests the following things to do, for all to enjoy this time of the holidays:
The 19th edition of Modhesh World, one of the region’s largest indoor entertainment and amusement facilities, returns to Dubai World Trade Centre with tons of summer-long family fun from 7 June to 25 August 2018. This year the My Modhesh, My World theme takes over eight air-conditioned halls packed with interactive experiences across different zones: Show Land, Amusement Park, Jam Base, and Modhesh Bazaar. The Amusement Park has a fairground theme with traditional rides, arcade games, kiddie rides, trampolines, bungees and water games. Children will have lots of options to keep them active all summer-long with go-karting, inflatables and a wire world on offer as well as hi-tech edutainment at Jam Base. Show and tell fun has its own focus with big stage entertainment and delicious food and beverage outlets for snacking and dining moments at Show Land, while the Modhesh Bazaar is retail central with lots of shopping and indoor market action on offer.
Thursday, June 7, 2018 to Saturday, August 25, 2018
Location: Halls 1-8, Dubai World Trade Centre
Ticket Price: AED25, free entry for children < 3 years, senior citizens and people of determination
The FIFA World Cup is one of the most highly anticipated events in the international football tournament calendar. This year fans can enjoy all of the action from the comfort of a dedicated World Cup tent set up at Fairmont The Palm.
With one giant screen and multiple smaller screens set up to ensure that not a single moment of play is missed, fans can enjoy the entire tournament as it happens live. Servers dressed as referees will take care of you and your friends with an extensive menu of food and snacks, including nachos, popcorn shrimp and beef sliders as you cheer on your favourite team.
Thursday, 14 June 2018- Friday, 15 July 2018
Location: Palm Courtyard, Fairmont The Palm
Ticket price: AED95 per person minimum spend
Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre in association with Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Sports World returned to the city on 17 May. This is deemed as the ultimate place for UAE’s sports fans during the long summer months with friends, to try something new or pick a favourite sports at the emirate’s largest indoor sports venue.
With over 25,000 square metres of air-conditioned halls, there are a number of activities to try out for athletes of all ages and fitness levels. Football fans will get pro advice from former Real Madrid legend Fernando Sanz at the La Liga Academy, while aspiring gymnasts can work their way across the floor at the all-new dedicated gymnastic area. Add ping pong, street basketball, badminton, a cycling studio, gym and the fast-paced action of the challenging ninja warrior course, to name a few - and get fit to have fun all summer long!
Thursday, 17 May 2018 – Saturday, 08 September 2018
Location: Dubai World Trade Centre
Ramadanization is an annual art exhibition at DUCTAC’s The Gallery of Light, and it returns for its third edition this May. It’s a group exhibition, designed to showcase and celebrate Dubai’s community of artists, with submissions open to anyone. The gallery asks artists to show what Ramadan means to them, and display the results in an art gallery. Head down to the exhibition with family friends to enjoy the festive atmosphere and admire the community's best works.
Monday, 14 May 2018 – Monday, 17 June 2018 (Admission: 15 May-17 June: 9am-10pm)
Location: The Gallery of Light, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC)
Ticket price: Free