Nine ways to get the most family fun out of this weekend


While the Royal Wedding and inaugural iftars dominate this weekend, there is still a lot of other fun stuff that can keep you entertained.

Words: Ipshita Sharma

Thursday 17th May

FrameFrame it

One of Dubai’s most popular new attractions is going to observe special timings for Ramadan, opening from 2pm. This is a good chance to create a fabulous shot of Dubai’s skyline at night for that perfect Insta Story.

AED 50 for adults and AED 20 for children (with free entry for under threes and people of determination). 2pm-11pm. Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park, 800 900. 



Boris opens up

The opening ceremony of the 6th Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will have Boris Becker, the tennis champion, as a guest of honour. The tourney goes on till the 6th of June and has 5,000 athletes competing for a prize-purse of  AED 6,000,000, across 11 competitions.

Free entry. Opening ceremony Thursday from 10pm; tournament from 18th May-6th June at varied timings. Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. 04 383 3833.



IPL heats up Dubai

Indian Premier League (IPL) matches will be broadcast live in Dubai Sports City’s Cricket Fan Park from the 15th-27th May. There will also be a kids’ area and gaming zone to keep the fun alive.

Prices from AED 50. 1pm-11pm. Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City Arena. 04 425 1111.


Friday 18th May

Dubai_Museum1Museum Hopping

Bring out your culture vulture this weekend thanks to Dubai Culture & Arts Authority’s celebration of International Museums Day. Visitors get free access to the Etihad Museum on Friday and Saturday, with the Dubai Museum also opening its doors free of charge on Saturday.

Free entry. During Ramadan; Etihad Museum, 04 515 5771, 10am-5pm. Dubai Museum; 04 515 5000. 9am-4pm.



Surf’s Up

Surfing season will be over soon but you can still learn how to ride the waves with Aloha Arabia’s last surf trip before the summer. They also have surf school packages available that come with a free beginner’s class that can be used at any point over the summer.

Prices begin at AED 200. Departure at 9am Fahrenheit Beachsports, 055 601 0997. Reservation required. 



Family Shopping Fun

A host of designers are heading to the Grand Excelsior Hotel on Friday to showcase their Eid creations. After iftar foodstalls open and there are painting workshops for children. A lucky few can also win luxury hotel stays.

Free entry. 3pm-11pm. Hotel Grand Excelsior, Bur Dubai, 04 359 9992. 


Saturday 19th May

Cook up your own Iftar

Top Chef Cooking Studio is holding iftar cooking classes during Ramadan. These detailed menus cover authentic dishes across three courses. You can perfect your Arabian food cooking skills over two hours, every Saturday across the Holy Month.

AED 415. 5pm-7pm. Top Chef Cooking Studio, Jumeirah Beach Road, 043 855 781. Reservations required. Every Saturday across Ramadan from the 19th May. 


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For those cool kids who prefer to chill in the pool, Float, the UAE’s first water-based fitness company, is holding classes in Gevora Hotel. These session for babies, toddlers and children are o be held across summer. Adult classes also available.

AED 80 for non-members. Reservations required. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays across summer months. Gevora Hotel, Trade Centre. For bookings and scheduling information, contact 058 256 4735. 


DFCM x Ripe Market (5)Ripe gets Better

Not only does the Ripe Market continue to be our favourite stop for all things fresh & organic, now they’re showing off their charitable side as well. From this Saturday, they will operate a drop off point for people to leave any food that will then go to the closest fridge operated by the Ramadan Fridge campaign.

Free entry. 9am-5pm, Saturdays across Ramadan from the 19th May. Ripe Market, Times Square Center, 04 379 0441.


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