The fourth consecutive ‘Ramadan in Dubai’ programme will transform Dubaicity as the heart of Islamic culture and learning through several activities motivated by the essence and principles of the fasting month.
DFRE is an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and, as the pioneer organizer of events and festivals, is accountable for positioning Dubai as a world-class shopping and tourism destination.
Activities and events set for Ramadan in Dubai 2014
Dubai International Holy Quran Award
One of the foremost events of ‘Ramadan in Dubai’ is the Dubai International Holy Quran Award which is an annual award specified for memorization of the Quran sponsored by the Government of Dubai. The 18th Dubai International Holy Quran Award will have as its main element the international Quranic contest introducing participants from across the Muslim world, and will also feature a series of lectures highlighting Islamic ideals.
Dubai World Trade Centre: 3-14 July
The 13th Ramadan Forum, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, will feature an inspirational line-up of educational activities. Many training workshops, lectures that will have a discourse on major religious and social issues, and educational activities will be organized. The setting will help spread cultural and social awareness among different cultures, and help create a deeper understanding of Islam among nationals and expatriates. This year, the Arabic presentations including speeches will be broadcasted to English live for the advantage of non-Arabic participants. The Ramadan Forum will showcase inspiring lectures from Islamic scholars in Arabic, English, Tagalog, Malayalam, Urdu and in Bengali, a new language to be introduced at the Forum. The Forum also features the “Preacher of the Nation 2014” competition considered to discover and support talented individuals in their endeavors to be leaders of the future. A new category featuring religious sermons in English will also be introduced.
The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities is consolidating two activities showcasing the articulateness and aptitude of Quran reciters from 1 to 29 Ramadan. The Rashidiya Grand Mosque will host the Dubai Reciters, an activity that is going to be held under the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. This will showcase renowned reciters of the Holy Quran leading the congregation at Isha and Taraweeh prayers. A separate initiative for UAE Reciters is intended at inspiring Quran reciters among the local community to showcase their talent by eloquently reciting the Holy Quran. It will see participants leading the congregation at Isha and Taraweeh prayers daily at Al Warqa Mosque.
Dubai World Trade Centre: Throughout Ramadan and until 8 September
For families and children who aspire to involve themselves in educational activities in an entertaining approach, the ultimate place to visit is Modhesh World. Famous as one of the region’s largest indoor family edutainment destinations, that will be open throughout ‘Ramadan in Dubai’ and beyond until 8 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Launched in 2000,
Modhesh World is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year in sheer magnificence; the World Premiere of two interactive experiences include the Angry Birds Universe and Transformers. Kids coming to Modhesh World will straightaway feel comfortable and thrilled at the collective games, contests, activities, workshops and more that cuddly Modhesh, Dubai’s popular mascot, has brought for the young ones, pre-teens and teenagers.
Modhesh World proposes an opportunity for children to acquire knowledge in a fun and comfortable atmosphere. The fully air-conditioned, child-safe environment is created during Ramadan, which will be start from 12pm to midnight on all days except Fridays, when it will be open from 5pm to midnight.
The eye-catching décor from corner to corner of the city is set to capture the essence of the Holy Month. The malls in Dubai will also be decorated for the auspicious occasion and be undertaking several activities considered for the visitors and shoppers. Ramadan in Dubai offers moments of enlightenment and the prospect to engage in the peacefulness of this occasion.
A number of leading hotels and other public places will be hosting Ramadan tents for those wishing to break their fast at Iftar, and also will have meals during Sohour. Numerous charitable events will be organized to add to the spirit of giving and sharing during this respected month.
Dubai Outlet Mall: 28 June to 06 September
Dubai Sports City: 06 July to 16 August
Reef Mall: 20 July to 06 August
These summer camps are structured in association with DFRE and Knowledge and Human Development Authority and Ministry of Education, Dubai Educational Zone. Some 100,000 registration forms have been distributed across more than 100 schools. Kids between the ages of 3 and 6 can take part for free. Each participating student gets one session free at any or all of the venues.
“Eidyat Dubai” Promotion
Participating Malls in Dubai
Shoppers spending AED 200 at a participating mall can avail the chance to win up to AED 2 million in prizes in the ‘Eidyat Dubai’ promotion at participation malls across the city. The campaign begins on 15 July corresponding with the final stretch of Ramadan shopping, that allows each winner to take home a wonderful Eid gift. Shoppers can take their chance to win prizes of up to AED 1.5 million in cash and AED 500,000 in shopping vouchers. The promotion will continue until the end of Eid with the first draw arranged for 26 July. Residents and visitors can also continue to have an advantage for themselves to grab attractive bargains and deals including discounts of up to 75 % that are being obtainable at malls and retail outlets in Dubai.
Ramadan Night Market
Dubai World Trade Centre: 17 – 27 July
Night shopping gets most popular and presents many deals and offers for residents and visitors, an opportunity for all to make purchases from a wide range of merchandise at Dubai’s only night market during the Holy Month of Ramadan. If you are looking for some bargains then this is the ideal place to be and pick up items. There are more than 350 outlets that showcase home-grown and international brands with product categories reaching from food Items, garments and leather items, electronics, perfumes, home appliances, accessories, furniture and handicrafts, toys and baby Items, automobiles, souvenirs and collectibles, to name a few. Along with the appealing offers from the retailers, Ramadan Night Market offers a fun ambiance with loads of activities to enjoy family time. Purchasers visiting the Ramadan Night Market can have the opportunity to win two cars as prizes, a Mitsubishi Attrage and Mitsubishi Mirage. Each shopper visiting the Ramadan Night Market can get a raffle coupon, that will be valid for two draws, on 19 July and 27 July. Furthermore, the organisers are planning a Facebook competition offers customers a chance to win a car, a Chery ES. The winner of the Facebook competition will be broadcasted on 4 August. Timings are from 8pm to 2am daily.
Dubai Sports World
Dubai World Trade Centre: 11 June – 30 August
Sports enthusiasts wanting to participate in sports activities, even during the summer, can stay away from the heat and attend the largest indoor sports destinations in the Middle East. This opportunity will be available for over two months to offer those with a desire and are enthusiastic of the opportunity to be a part of the action within a professional standard and air-conditioned arena. The purpose-built indoor sports facility is going to feature action and enjoyment across the sporting spectrum –football, rugby, basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, and a lot more.
UAE 9 Ball Arab Open Championship
Flamingo Billiards (Oud Metha): 10 – 19 July
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum,the 1st UAE 9Ball Arab Open Championship 2014 will feature both amateur and professional billiard players participating from all over the region. Spectators at the open championship, which is structured by Pro9 Sports, can also get the opportunity to contribute in some sensational activities on the side-lines. The objective of this tournament is to encourage billiards in the UAE, along with other sports to encourage youth to continue and stay involved in activities that can help keep them living a physically fit life. These activities also expands their prospects from an academic viewpoint.
Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament
Nad Al Sheba Sports Hall: From 2 to 23 Ramadan
A sports tournament that presents free involvement to members of the public, amateurs and professionals in the local sporting stadium. The event features a few of sports activities that include squash, athletics, volleyball, paddle tennis, and cycling.
For further information, call Ahlan Dubai on 600 555 559 or visit www.ramadanindubai.ae
About Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE)
DFRE is Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and each year it meticulously plans with its retail and leisure partners to organize the internationally renowned Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises. The organization also gives a unique structure to the annual events such as Ramadan in Dubai, Eid in Dubai, Modhesh World, Dubai Motor Festival and Dubai Food Festival.
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