We line up five days of things to do just for you

Wake up, shake up and take on a new week. After dark, Dubai comes alive, but the day time is looking pretty bright for thing to do…

We cover free theatre, creative exploration, a deal that families will love and how to celebrate a special day in style.


Sunday, 12th May

Good to give

Ramadan, Mall of the Emirates, charity

Want to give back this Holy Month? Look out for donation boxes at Mall of the Emirates. Shoppers are asked to drop off unwanted clothes, toys and books that are in good condition. The ‘Make a Difference, Together’ campaign, in partnership with UAE’s Red Crescent Society, will see that they are gifted to the less fortunate.

During Ramadan at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, Deira, Me’aisem, Ajman, Sharjah, and Fujairah.


Maa-rvellous idea

Courtyard Playhouse, improv, theatre, Al Quoz

In honour of India’s Mother’s Day, The Courtyard Playhouse is holding an improv special themed around ‘Meet the Parents.’ Expect hot takes and smart chat based on interaction with the audience, as stories of growing up and family memories are honoured on stage. Like mom always said, mind your manners and RSVP for your free spot.

8pm-9pm. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz. 055 967 3927. RSVP courtyardplayhouse.com


Monday, 13th May

Snapping after sundown

Karama, photo tour, photography, photography classes

Photo credit: Al Wasl Properties

Step out after sunset with Gulf Photo Plus and see Old Dubai come to life. This three-hour photography tour takes in the hotspots of Karama, including a chai stop and a meal at the famous Ravi (not included in cover price). Although you don’t need to be a pro snapper, you should dress conservatively and wear comfy shoes. Bring your own camera – phone cameras are welcome too.

Suhoor Strolls, AED 295. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, 8.30pm-11.30pm. Ravi Restaurant, Karama, www.gulfphotoplus.com


Downward dog the day’s end

free yoga, workout for free, JBT, The Beach, things to do for free, outdoor exercise

Join a free sunset yoga session with We Do Active on the public beach just south of La Mer. An hour of stretching and shaping should leave you energised for the evening ahead, whether you’re breaking your fast or heading home to bed. Be sure to pack a towel, yoga mat and refreshments for post-iftar.

5pm-6pm. For more info and booking please WhatsApp Devyn on 055 220 8209. Location: goo.gl/maps


Hummus try this

Beirut Khanum, hummus, Lebanese restaurants

It’s healthy, affordable and the perfect iftar snack. Today is International Hummus Day and we’ll be celebrating the seventh annual events in the only way possible – scoffing tons of the creamy chickpea paste. If you can’t or won’t cook, new Lebanese restaurant Beirut Khanum claims to serve the creamiest in town.

Beirut Khanum. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard Road, Downtown Dubai. From 7pm-3am daily during Ramadan. 04 241 3334.


Tuesday, 14th May

Film and food

Cinema Akil, Dubai's first arthouse cinema,

South Asian eats and award-winning Arabic films make for an alternative iftar at Cinema Akil and Project Chaiwala. ‘Cinemajlis’ hosts games, talks and performances too, by film screenings at 9pm and 11pm on weekdays, and pre-iftar screenings on weekends. Films being screened include The Poetess and Naila and the Uprising.

Until 4th June. 6.30pm-11pm. Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue. AED 200 iftar and film package.


Frame some memories

Dubai Frame, things to do with kids, attractions in Dubai

Take your little kiddoes to the Dubai Frame and they’ll get in for free. The towering tourist attraction has announced its Ramadan hours and reminded us that it’s free entry for children under the age of three and people of determination. Opening hours during the Holy Month are 3pm-11pm, daily.

Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park. Buy tickets from Gate 4 Zabeel Park or online here. Tickets AED 50 for adults and AED 20 for children (free entry for under threes and people of determination).


Wednesday, 15th May

Paws and do this

cat, stray cats, cat adoption

Dubai Municipality is looking at introducing feeding stations for stray cats and wants your input. Good cause Yanni Animal Welfare has partnered with the government body for the project and is looking for feedback from 1,000 residents of Deira and Bur Dubai. It’ll only take a few minutes of your time and could help unwanted animals.

Fill in the survey at smartsurvey.dubai.gov.ae


Let the discussion flow

Khalid Mezaina, Flow, Flow Talks, free talks, free events, free things to do

Explore the Muslim faith in a modern majlis, as Flow Talks’ Ramadan special provokes “wide-ranging discussions intended to inspire and engage diners of all nationalities, creeds and religious beliefs.” Tonight, the healthy eating and creative hub in Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard welcomes artist and illustrator Khalid Mezaina (pictured). Talks are free and follow a wholesome iftar, which is AED 98 per person.

Iftar from sunset and talks from 8pm. First floor, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard. 04 319 8767.


Thursday, 16th May

It’s Nas gonna be easy

Nas Night Challenge, race, sports, running, fitness

Sign up for the Nas Night Challenge and take on an epic obstacle course that ends with an AED 144,000 prize fund for the teams standing victorious. Obviously, you need to be in good shape, as well as aged 16 or over and ready to take on a four to five-kilometre race. The teams edition was last week, but this one is all about the individual racers, so it’s every man or woman for themselves, with open and pro categories.

From 9.30pm-12.30am. Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. Entry from AED 202. Register at registration.nasst.ae


Tashkeel some time

art, Tashkeel, art exhibition, photography exhibition, photography, art studios

Take a trip to Tashkeel art studio and exhibition space and you’ll be treated to a free 30-minute tour of ‘Beyond the Fence,’ a solo show by Emirati photographer Jalal bin Thaneya. Taking in monolithic scrapyards, industrial refineries and metal works usually hidden from public view, all the works are shown in his signature large-scale format.

10am-5pm, Saturday to Thursday. Call ahead to book your space – 043 363 313. Off the E66, Nad Al Sheba.


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Sunday, 5th May


Q. What comes from Brazil and looks good in good in lycra? A. Well, lots of things, but we’re specifically talking about Power Cycle which has just landed in Dubai. Join the cyclo-squad and race through picturesque virtual tracks in Brazil and Greece to an energetic soundtrack. The best news is, your first session is FREE.

Standard class fees from AED 65. Sunday to Thursday: 7am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 8.30am–noon. JBC 5 Building, Cluster W, JLT. 04 294 4989


Curry favour

Enjoy a bit of Sunday night comedy with Salman Qureshi’s ‘The Curry Bunch.’ The troupe of talented ‘brown improvisers’ (their terminology) have the stage at the Courtyard Playhouse for two hours of cerebral hilarity.

Voluntary contributions taken on the door. 8pm-10pm. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz. RSVP on the link www.courtyardplayhouse.com

Monday, 6th May

Smarty party

Parents, did you know you can hold birthday parties at the city’s spiritual home of educational fun times, OliOli. The kiddos’ll still get access to the same amazing interactive exhibits – but party goers get some special extra B-day privileges – two large decorated party rooms, organic party food and a dedicated party facilitator. For May babies, there are some great discounts available.

AED 126 per child Sunday – Thursday, AED 147 Friday – Saturday for two hours of play. All adults and birthday child are free. Saturday-Wednesday 9am-7pm, Thursday and Friday 9am-9pm. OliOli Building, Al Quoz 1. 04 702 7300.

Student films

If you’re a student, you’re probably nearing ‘the end game’ of your academic year, but before you go into full hibernation, we’ve got some great news. Reel Cinemas at Dubai Marina Mall has put a special Student Mondays deal together. Show your valid student ID and in return for AED 45 you get a movie ticket, small popcorn and soft drink. Just in time for the new Avengers flick.

AED 45. Screening times vary. Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina. reelcinemas.ae.

Tuesday, 7th May

Quacking quiz

The Duck Hook at Dubai Hills Golf Club has a new fortnightly quiz starting this Tuesday. ‘Rule The Roost’ tests trivia fans on all the traditional topics, as well as additional challenges and puzzles. Assemble your brainiest buds – the ones that constantly interrupt the conversation with “actually…” – this is their time to shine.

Free entry. Refreshment packages from AED 105. 8pm-10pm. The Duck Hook, Dubai Hills Golf Club. 800 666 353.

Wednesday, 8th May

Good deeds indeed

The Ramadan sharing fridges are now a familiar fixture during Dubai’s Holy Month. They’re a lifeline for the city’s workers, and rely on being stocked by a team of caring volunteers…just like you. The map for all the official fridge locations is now live and available here. Give what you can.

During Ramadan, locations around Dubai.

Free films

Between 5th May and 4th June, Novo Cinemas is giving away a free ticket when you book two paid tickets. The offer is valid across all ticket types, including the hyper-luxe Seven-Star experience. That’s got family night our written all over it.

Tickets from AED 36.75. Cinemas across Dubai.

Thursday, 9th May

Great escapes

Fancy doing something a little bit different with the family this Ramadan? Why not flex those grey cells with an Escape Hunt challenge. With magnifying glass in hand, channel your inner Holmes and Watson, analyse clues, crack codes then make that escape. There’s 15 per cent off when you book online using the EH15OFF19 discount code. Open late for Ramadan.

From AED 145 per person. 1pm-1am. Escape Hunt, Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1. www.escapehunt.com

Stay well this Ramadan

Hilton Hotels are helping you stay fit and healthy this Ramadan. On Thursday Hilton Dubai Jumeirah will be hosting a special evening fitness class on their private beach; participants will get a 30 per cent discount on iftar at the resort’s Oceana restaurant. Throughout the Holy Month, the hotel is also extending opening of its beach volleyball court at Wavebreaker Beach Club from 8am until midnight.

Free. 7.15pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk. RSVP to RSVP@sevenmedia.ae (only the first 50 to confirm will be permitted entry).

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