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There are many competing legends about the firing of the cannon over Ramadan, but they all have one thing in common – the tradition started quite by accident.
Some historians believe that the custom dates back to as far as 10th century Egypt, when one of the Fatimid caliphs ordered a cannon to be placed on Cairo’s Muqatam Hill so all Muslims would hear the signal to break their fasts.
Another story dates back to the 15th century, when a Mumluk sultan of Egypt wanted to test out a cannon he had recently acquired. He just so happened to fire a ball at sunset, and people assumed this was his thoughtful way of letting them know they were allowed to break the fast.
Another version attributes the blast to Ismail the Magnificent, ruler of Egypt and Sudan in the late 19th century. His soldiers were said to be cleaning one of his cannons when it fired by mistake.
Again, the public interpreted this as a new Ramadan ritual, and congratulated him on his genius. His daughter, Princess Fatimah, knew good PR when she saw it, and issued a decree saying from then on, the cannon would always be used to mark iftar.
Known as midfa al iftar, the Ramadan cannon remains a much-loved custom to this day – even though most Muslims now have convenient smartphone apps telling them exactly when they can break the fast.
In Dubai, the practice was introduced sometime in the 20th century, during the rule of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. In the 1960s, Dubai Police were entrusted with the important task, which they are still responsible for today.
Each cannon is assigned four officers, with cannons placed across six locations in Dubai including Burj Khalifa, Eid prayer grounds in Al Mankhool and Al Baraha, Fort Island at Madinat Jumeirah and at City Walk.
There is also a backup cannon kept in reserve… just in case of any malfunctions.
Major-General Abdulla Ali Al Gaithi, head of the General Department of Protective Security and Emergency explains, “It has been tradition since the 1960s to use cannons to announce Iftar every day [during Ramadan]. We fire around 200 cartridges across Dubai during Ramadan and Eid from the six cannons. Each cannon is fired twice in a row to announce Ramadan, once every day to announce Iftar and twice in a row to announce Eid and again twice in the morning of Eid, after Eid prayers”.
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We arrive a little early for a 7pm booking on a Friday at Tasca, Portuguese chef José Avillez’ first international restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Dubai.
Our ‘welcome’ greeting from the hostess: Would you mind just waiting on the side over there? [points to some high tables by the open-plan kitchen.]
Me: No. We’re a little early [6.40pm] as we want to catch the sunset.
She then shows us to a table, but it’s indoors, not on the terrace, which I specifically highlight in the requests section of the online booking. So I ask for another table, of which there are plenty.
Hostess: We allocate those tables on a first come, first serve basis.
Me: Well we are here now and there are plenty of free tables.
I sense they are stressed, and as I spot some cocktail tables by the outdoor bar, I suggest we have a drink there until they are ready to give us a terrace table. Off we trot. I have to request the drinks list as we are ignored. We place our order, and drinks arrive promptly.
At 6.50pm, another
hostess arrives: Can I show you to your
Me: But we’re having our drinks? Once we’re finished we will move to the
Hostess: OK – but we can only keep the table for 15
minutes as others will see and want it.
Me: That’s fine as our table reservation is for 7pm.
At 7pm the hostess returns to escort us to our al fresco table. Dreamy rooftop and infinity pool location aside, we have full view of a gang of boisterous bathers. When you know you’re gonna pay a premium, one expects a little decorum for dinner, n’est-ce pas?
So the start of our evening leaves a sour taste. If I wasn’t reviewing, I would have walked out. First impressions always count, and sadly Tasca does everything possible NOT to impress us on arrival – unlike Jose’s two Michelin star restaurant in Lisbon – Belcanto – which ticks every box and more over lunch nearly three years ago. Such a shame given Tasca’s modern Portuguese fare is delicious, and the location is eye-catching.
The menu is simply divided into ‘small bites’; ‘dishes to share’; ‘vegetarian’; and ridiculously overpriced ‘Tasca specials’. In discussion with our friendly waiter who knows his ingredients, we settle on two small bites, two shareable dishes and one side dish from the veggie section – but the portion sizes of the ‘dishes to share’ are teeny for one person, let alone two. If a restaurant’s menu is engineered for sharing, surely the portions should allow for just that? Not at Tasca though, where one has to order a minimum of seven to eight dishes between two (excluding dessert) to fill the tummy…which leads to a pricey bill. A descriptor of ‘petiscos’ (Portuguese tapas) might be more apt, whilst also briefing the staff to explain the small portions.
Homemade bread is served with some smoked butter, marinated Kalamata olives, and oddly, hummus. Tasca’s version replaces chickpeas with lupin beans, but the flavour remains unchanged. I would expect a more potent Portuguese twist on hummus from Jose’s team.
Thankfully, the Portuguese flavours come through with the rest of our dishes. Our two ‘bites’ from the menu are delectable – a couple of tempura cod cake ‘balls’, along with a sliver of a foie gras tartine topped with dried raspberries and Parmesan shavings. Both marry savoury and sweet flavours with plenty of texture.
A grilled scarlet shrimp more commonly known as giant carabineros is butterflied in a moreish butter and olive oil sauce. But with only one sole shrimp, there’s just not enough flesh for one, let alone two people. We find ourselves using our fingers to squeeze out as much as we can. No finger bowl is offered, which we have to request – only to be served with cold towels, which don’t quite do the job.
The tender brown meat of a piri piri chicken is char-grilled with a slight hint of smokiness. It arrives on a wooden board with a cone of chunky chips that would benefit from double frying. A piri piri mayo and a smoked avocado cream with some chilli oil are served as spicy dips. Not realising the chicken is served with chips, I had ordered a side of sweet potato and broccolini, which is served in a bowl oozing with a wonderfully smooth and decadent béarnaise sauce.
We’re still hungry though, so we order an additional dish. Octopus is chopped and roasted in the Portuguese ‘lagareiro’ cooking style with baby potatoes and lots of garlic – served in a small bowl. Delicious, but we need more.
We share the mandarin orange dessert – a ‘mandarin’ shell that our waiter encourages us to crack open ourselves to reveal mandarin ice cream. A sweet version of Heston Blumenthal’s famous chicken liver parfait, and much copied by many a chef, Jose can’t be attributed for innovation here, however it does make for a refreshing and delightful ending.
Tasca is busy, mainly with in-house hotel guests though, which contributes to a touristic atmosphere. Aside from our main waiter, the service continues to be shambolic. Different waiters bring out the dishes, some accompanied with explanations, others not. Our starter dishes are left on the side, which we have to ask to be cleared, as well as to request clean plates for our main courses. Despite ordering our desserts, another waiter returns to take our order. This continuous series of errors is unacceptable for a José Avillez restaurant that has been operational for six weeks at the time of dining, AND one that boasts a minimum price point of AED300 per person (without alcohol).
The redeeming factor of our dining experience is the excellent food. This brings me on to a regular challenge with dining out here. For licensed restaurants in Dubai to impress and encourage loyalty, the food needs to be good, of course, but the service needs to wow (more so than the food) for me to return. Otherwise, one might as well order delivery. At this price point in a luxurious hotel location, decent food alone is not enough to warrant a repeat visit. And for that, it’s an average three out of five FooDiva knife rating.
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Just because Dubai is heating up, doesn’t mean you’ve got to stay indoors. In fact, there are so many great deals to take advantage of across the city, we’ll be surprised if you get time to fit them all in.
From spa days and beauty bargains to discounted pool and beach access and passes to some brilliant attractions, here are the best summer deals across the city.
Be sure to bookmark this page, as we’ll be adding to it all summer!
Looking for some family-friendly fun that won’t break the bank this Ramadan? Then head to Legoland at Dubai Parks & Resorts. Throughout the holy month, UAE residents can avail tickets for just Dhs100 to either Legoland or Legoland Water Park. From the first day of Ramadan, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park will open Saturday to Wednesday from 10am to 5pm, with Legoland Water Park operating from 10am to 6pm Thursday and Friday while LEGOLAND Dubai will open 10am to 8pm.
Legoland and Legoland Water Park, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, 10am to 5pm Sat to Weds, 10am to 6pm Thurs and Fri at Legoland Water Park, 10am to 8pm Thurs and Fri at Legoland. legoland.com
Been thinking about taking on the world’s longest zipline for a while? Well, now’s your chance to do it as tickets for the Jebel Jais Flight are half price throughout summer. Until the end of September, tickets for the world’s longest zipline in Ras Al Khaimah will be priced at Dhs341.25, rather than the usual Dhs682.50. Each day, there are slots available on the hour from 9am until 4pm. Tickets can be booked online through platinumlist.net.
Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline, Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, Dhs341.25. Tel: (07) 204 6250. jebeljais.ae
Still not seen the Al Habtoor water show, La Perle? Well now’s your chance as they’ve just launched a Ramadan early bird sale, and tickets start from Dhs199. You’ll need to book your tickets during Ramadan, for a show in June, July or August. The 90-minute show has been conceptualised by Franco Dragone, and during the performance, acrobats and athletes dive from 25 metres into the changeable aqua-stage filled with 2.7 million litres of water, and fly around the theatre at 15 kilometres per hour. It’s valid on tickets from mid-June until the end of September.
La Perle by Dragone, Al Habtoor City, Tuesday to Friday 7pm and 9.30pm and Saturday 4pm and 7pm, from Dhs199. Tel: (04) 437 0123. laperle.com
Throughout Ramadan, when you buy two tickets in any Novo cinemas location, you’ll get the third for free. You can avail the freebie ticket Sunday to Wednesday during off-peak times, and it’s available on all ticket types including the 7 star, VIP experience.
Novo Cinemas, various locations, buy two get one free, Sunday to Wednesday. novocinemas.com
This Ramadan, take the little ones to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo through the week, and children under the age of five years will enter for free. There will need to be at least one paying adult, and you’ll need to enter before 1pm, Sunday to Thursday.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Sunday to Thursday, before 1pm, throughout Ramadan. thedubaiaquarium.com
Skating enthusiasts can hit the ice at Dubai Ice Rink for the reduced rate of Dhs49 this Ramadan during off-peak times. Regular tickets are usually Dhs95, so that’s almost a 50 per cent saving! Tickets for guests under 100cm are priced at a further reduced Dhs40
Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 12pm to 5pm, after midnight, Sunday to Thursday, after midnight, Friday and Saturday. dubaiicerink.com
Save up to Dhs180 on a family weekend cinema pass at Reel Cinemas. Available at The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, The Springs Souk and The Pointe, four tickets are priced at Dhs120 for either the standard or Dolby Cinema experiences for screenings before 1pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Reel Cinemas – The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, The Springs Souk and The Pointe, before 1pm, Fridays and Saturdays, Dhs120. reelcinemas.ae
During Ramadan, little ones can access the activity-packed indoor city, KidZania for Dhs99 instead of Dhs185. Valid weekdays from 4pm onwards, kids can enjoy an array of educational fun at the super-sized attraction.
KidZania Dubai, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 4pm to 1am, Sunday to Thursday, Dhs99. dubai.kidzania.com
For Dhs250, you can avail the Ramadan pass at UAE trampoline park, Bounce, which will get you unlimited daily access to Bounce locations across the UAE for the whole month of Ramadan.
Bounce, Al Quoz, Dubai, daily 12pm to 12am, throughout Ramadan, Dhs250. Tel: 04 321 1400. bounce.ae
Parents, if you have children under the age of 12, you may want to take note: this Ramadan, you can purchase a ticket for your child for just one dirham. The waterpark based at La Mer is turning one this May, and are celebrating with this fantastic one dirham offer. Ticket can be purchased online or at the gate, and are available only on the weekdays during the month of May.
Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dhs1 offer available on weekdays 10am to 6pm, Dhs99 for residents, Dhs159 for visitors. lagunawaterpark.com
It’s lights, camera, action for Studio One, the sleek new hotel in Dubai Studio City. Fancy checking in to check it out? The hotel is launching with a brilliant introductory offer. Guests who book and stay in the hotel between May 1 and June 30, can avail room rates for Dhs300 per night, with Dhs300 back to spend in Studio One’s all-star line-up of restaurants and bars.
Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, Dubai, from Dhs300. studioonehotel.com
Check into popular party hotel FIVE Palm Jumeirah through summer, and you’ll be able to take advantage of their luxury all-inclusive package. For Dhs1,500 for two per night (plus taxes), guests can enjoy three meals per day, free-flowing drinks at an array of restaurants, access to five swimming pools, a private stretch of beach and 24-hour gym. Advanced purchase is essential.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Dhs1,500 plus taxes. fivehotelsandresorts.com
With the summer staycation at Fairmont The Palm, guests can check in between May 5 and September 30 and enjoy a half board rate from as little as Dhs650 excluding taxes and fees. The package includes a one night stay, lunch or dinner in the evening, breakfast the next morning, plus a 30 minute complimentary spa treatment when you purchase a treatment for 60 minutes.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, from Dhs650. fairmont.com/palm-dubai
The uber-luxurious One&Only Royal Mirage has designed a discounted staycation package for GCC residents this summer. Rates start from Dhs895, and include a guaranteed late check out of 6pm, discounts on spa and hammam treatments, afternoon tea, dinner, complimentary passes to Aquaventure Waterpark and a free candlelit yoga session.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, until September 30, from Dhs895. oneandonlyresorts.com
A stay at the luxe Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai comes with a 25 per cent discount off the best available rate, early check in and late check out, breakfast for two, dinner at a choice of one of their restaurants including Le Jardin, Matagi, Villamore, All’Onda or Brunello as well as 25 per cent off spa treatments. Rates start from Dhs1,100.
Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, from Dhs1,500. kempinski.com
This summer, guests can go all inclusive at Hilton Al Hamra from Dhs535. The package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as selected house beverages at Al Shamal for the duration of your stay. Or, if you fancy dining a la carte, guests will receive a dining credit of either Dhs50 for lunch or Dhs60 for dinner to eat at either Le Chalet or Scirocco. Make a weekend of it and take advantage of a late check-out at 4pm.
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah, all inclusive from Dhs535. www3.hilton.com
The family-friendly beach club on JBR, Wavebreaker Beach Club has introduced a new three-month membership for Dhs1,500 – that works out at Dhs16 per day for adults. The perfect daycation spot for summer, the beach club access also includes use of the spa, gym facilities and a 25 per cent discount on food and beverage at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah.
Wavebreaker Beach Club, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR, Dubai Marina, three month membership, Dhs1500. Tel: (04) 318 2585. hilton.com
The oh-so-Instagrammable Drift Beach club will be reducing entry rates for guests looking to spend the day soaking up the sun this month. Entry throughout May will be priced at Dhs200, down from Dhs250 through the week and Dhs300 on weekends. Entry includes a sun lounger, towel and bottle of water, with food and drink available to order a la carte poolside, or at their provencal-style restaurant.
Drift Beach Club, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, throughout May, Dhs200. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com
As the summer heat kicks in, Dubai beach club Zero Gravity has announced a cool offer for pool and beach access throughout the month of Ramadan. Head down on the weekdays and spend Dhs100 on entry, with the full amount back in food and beverages. Alternatively if you’re looking for a pool day on the weekends, it will be Dhs150 for the entrance – but you’ll get it all back in food and beverages. It’s basically a free-entry pool day, every day of the week.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, Sun, Mon and Weds 10am to 9pm, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight, Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs150 weekends, fully redeemable in food and drink. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
This Palm Jumeriah beach club isn’t the easiest to find, but it’s worth it when you get there. There’s a large pool that opens out with views onto the Palm, and a large patch of white sandy beach for those who prefer the ocean to the pool. It’s family-friendly, with a poolside beach bar and lounge, and children’s pool for the little ones. Throughout summer they’ve reduced their weekday rates to Dhs55, and weekend rates to Dhs80 for singles, or it’s a flat rate of Dhs100 per couple. On Wednesday and Thursday it’s Dhs55 for ladies including three free drinks.
Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, pool open 7am to 7pm, from Dhs55. Tel: (04) 430 9466. riva-beach.com.
With the secret password ‘Tell only your best friends’, the first 100 ladies will get complimentary access to Nikki Beach Dubai throughout Ramadan. Just don’t tell anyone we told you…
Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, daily 11am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 376 6162. dubai-bc.nikkibeach.com
The perfect time for holistic healing during the Holy Month of Ramadan, experience a traditional Hammam experience with feet Ritual, Skin Purifying Body exfoliation and steam session at One&Only The Palm for a discounted Dhs665 per person. The discounted price for the one-hour treatment can be booked and availed between now and June 4.
One&Only The Palm, West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, daily 10am until 9pm until June 4, Dhs665. oneandonlyresorts.com
Looking to enjoy some much-needed ‘me’ time this Ramadan? Then head to SensAsia Spa and enjoy a discounted treatment, such as the 75-minute ‘A Deeper Clean’ experience. It begins with a Charme d’Orient body scrub, to gently eliminate dead cells and impurities while refining the skin’s texture, followed by a ‘muscle-melting’ massage, using pure argan oils. A Deeper Clean is priced at Dhs299 (usual price Dhs459) for Ramadan.
SensAsia Spa, various locations including Golden Mile Galleria, Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Golf Club and Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City, throughout Ramadan, Dhs299. SensAsiaSpas.com
Throughout June, spend over Dhs350 on your favourite services at any Tips & Toes Nail Haven and enjoy a free Expression Correction Facial worth Dhs180). Alternatively, spend Dhs500 or more in any Signature Salon or Luxury Day Spa and you’ll receive a free Anesi Full Facial of your choice worth up to Dhs525. Treatments cover everything from anti-ageing to illumination and detoxification, so you’ll leave fresh-faced and relaxation ready.
Tips and Toes, various locations, 9am to 10pm, throughout June. tipsandtoes.com
World-famous Barry’s Bootcamp are offering a 12 class Ramadan package for Dhs1150 this May. For every purchase of the Ramadan package, the popular studio will donate Dhs100 to Dubai Cares. The package is available at both Barry’s Bootcamp locations in Dubai Marina and DIFC.
Barry’s Bootcamp, Trident Tower, Dubai Marina and Barry’s Bootcamp, Central Park Towers, DIFC, 12 sessions for Dhs1150. barrysbootcamp.com
Looking to loose that last bit of weight before your summer holiday? Training for a big sporting event and looking for some sessions to help get in shape? This Ramadan, new clients can sign up for four sessions a week for four weeks with Fit Squad DXB for Dhs2,999. Their skilled personal trainers will come to you, and train wherever you want whether it’s your building gym, on the beach or at the park.
Fit Squad Dxb, four sessions for four weeks, Dhs2,999. Tel: (055) 542 7231. fitsquaddxb.com
Popular Thai street food restaurant, Mango Tree, have launched an awesome new deal called ‘Woah Wednesdays’. Feast to your hearts content with unlimited dishes served from 7pm to 9pm for Dhs99 per person.
Mango Tree Thai Bistro, Hilton Dubai The Walk, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 9pm, Wednesdays, Dhs99. Tel: (04) 374 7555. facebook.com/MangoTreeJBR
Looking for a lazy afternoon lunch this summer? Check out Dubai Marina’s The Scene by Simon Rimmer, who’ve launched a new deal to make you fall in love with Friday’s again. Enjoy a two-course menu for Dhs99 or three course menu for Dhs149 and tuck into British dishes such as smoked salmon carpaccio, beetroot risotto and beef cheek ragout.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, 4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 6pm, Fridays, from Dhs99. Tel: (04) 422 2328. thescenedubai.com
‘Games of Bones’ is the new deal on offer at jungle-themed Mama Zonia every Saturday and Sunday. Available from 12pm to 11pm, diners can tuck into 1/2 kg of beef back ribs and fries for Dhs95.
Mama Zonia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday, Dhs95. Tel: (04) 2404747. Facebook.com/Mamazoniadxb
What’s On Nightlife Award-winning The Stage Brunch has introduced a special summer price this May. The three-hour package runs from 8pm to 11pm on Thursday evenings, and serves up unlimited starters and a la carte main options across Jazz@PizzaExpress JLT and PizzaExpress Live Business Bay, with prices from a bargain Dhs150.
Jazz Pizza Express, Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 8pm to 11pm, Thursdays, from Dhs150. Tel: (052) 798 7275. lovepartiesgroup.com
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If you’re a car owner in Dubai, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has an update in parking timings in Dubai for you during Ramadan 2019.
For a month during the Holy Month of Ramadan in Dubai, there will be split parking times. This means that from Saturday to Thursday, parking fees will apply between 8am and 6pm, and between 8pm and midnight.
Parking will be free as usual on Fridays.
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It is important to note however, the timings will remain the same in Tecom-regulated zones, with fees applicable from 8am to 6pm. The usual tariffs at multi-level parking lots will be applicable as normal.
The new timings have only changed during the Holy Month of Ramadan (which lasts about a month) and once it’s over, parking will return back to its regular timings.
Dubai Metro timings will remain the same throughout the holy month.
Red Line Stations will operate from Saturday to Wednesday between 5am and midnight, on Thursday from 5am to 1am, and on Friday from 10am to 1am. Green Line Stations will run from 5.30am Saturday through Thursday.
Dubai Tram will run from Saturday to Thursday between 6am to 1am, and on Friday from 9am to 1am.
For more information visit the RTA website.
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Legendary footballer Lionel Messi has kicked off his role as Expo 2020 global ambassador by starring in a new promo video. The recently released, 60-second video shows world-renowned footballer, Lionel Messi showing off his football skills before passing the ball around the world. The video was filmed in the UAE, Kenya, UK and India to celebrate cultural diversity and global collaboration.
The key theme of Dubai Expo 2020 is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, which is highlighted in the powerful new campaign.
The idea is that as football knows no nationality, race or religion, it’s seen as a key tool in bringing people across the globe together.
Filmed across the globe, Lionel Messi’s first @Expo2020Dubai campaign aims to celebrate the power of collaboration and cultural diversity, as well as embodying Expo’s goal to inspire individuals to create progress. #Dubai pic.twitter.com/woivFGZWIo
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 6, 2019
“A football team can only succeed by working together, and the same is true of humanity,” explained Messi of the campaign. “When people from different nations, cultures and backgrounds come together we can better address global challenges and create a brighter future for generations to come”.
This is the first campaign Lionel Messi has done for Expo 2020 since he was appointed the brand ambassador in 2016. As part of the campaign, Expo 2020 will also give 2,020 durable footballs to children in Jordan, Kenya and the Philippines, totalling 6,060 balls.
More than 170 countries will be represented at Expo 2020, with the site split into three main Pavilions; Opportunity Pavilion, Mobility Pavilion and Sustainability Pavilion. A UAE Pavilion also features in the main site. This super-sized exhibition that will see participating nations all come together to exhibit their feats in every sector from industrial to scientific to technological.
Located near the Al Maktoum International Airport, Expo 2020 will run from October 20 2020 to April 2021. Tickets start from Dhs120 per adult.
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As the summer heat kicks in, Dubai beach club Zero Gravity has announced a cool offer for pool and beach access throughout the month of Ramadan.
Head down on the weekdays and spend Dhs100 on entry, with the full amount back in food and beverages. Alternatively if you’re looking for a pool day on the weekends, it will be Dhs150 for the entrance – but you’ll get it all back in food and beverages. It’s basically a free-entry pool day, every day of the week.
In a month where we all have a little more time on our hands, make the most of the great weather we’re having and enjoy a day dipping into the temperature-controlled pool at Zero Gravity. Beach fans can also enjoy a relaxing day with a sun bed on the sand for exactly the same deal.
The venue has a supersize swimming pool, large sandy beach and plenty of sun beds – perfect for chilling on all afternoon before the catching the sunset. Zero Gravity will also continue its popular ladies’ day with free entry for ladies every Tuesday.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, Sun, Mon and Weds 10am to 9pm, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight, Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs150 weekends, fully redeemable in food and drink. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
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On the first day of Ramadan 2019, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai took to Twitter to share heartfelt Ramadan greetings.
نبارك للأمتين العربية والإسلامية حلول شهر رمضان المبارك … ونسأل الله أن يعيده بالخير والرحمة والبركة علينا جميعا .. وأن يكون شهر محبة وتسامح وسلام ..
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) May 5, 2019
The tweet that appeared in Arabic, followed by English stated ‘We wish the Arab and Muslim world a blessed month of Ramadan filled with love, tolerance and peace.’
If you’re new to the country and unsure what Ramadan is all about? The Holy Month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a time when Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking or smoking between sunrise and sunset
Ramadan lasts about a month, and it marks the time when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
Read our Ramadan guide to know more about this Holy Month and why it’s so important to our Muslim friends, learn why they fast, a list of do’s and don’ts and more.
An announcement made by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation stated that people working in private sectors will have reduced working hours throughout the holy month. For most companies, there is usually a two-hour reduction from regular working hours.
This means that instead of working from 9am to 6pm, you will likely work from 9am to 4pm.
Children attending schools will also see their school timings reduce due to the Holy Month of Ramadan as well.
Mohammed Darwish, CEO of Permits and Compliance at Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) stated “Schools should ensure that the total hours at school per day for students do not exceed five hours”.
This means that school days will start between 8am and 8.30am and finish between 1pm to 1.30pm — with shorter breaks as required.
There’s also good news for car owners as well as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have announced split parking times for Ramadan 2019 in Dubai. From Saturday to Thursday, parking fees will apply between 8am and 6pm, and between 8pm and midnight.
The timings will remain the same in Tecom-regulated zones, with fees applicable from 8am to 6pm.
The Holy Month of Ramadan is the perfect time to learn more about the UAE’s heritage and culture, and attending an iftar is one of the greatest ways to immerse yourself in its traditions.
During Ramadan, iftar is the meal served at sunset to break the long day of fasting (the word literally means “break fast”). Friends and families often gather together for this meal, and many hotels and restaurants across Dubai put on a special feast for the occasion.
Even if you’re not fasting, anyone is welcome to come along and experience iftar. In fact, it’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holy month.
Of course, with so many iftars available in the UAE, it’s often hard to pick the right one to try but check our guide here to some of the best iftars happening around Dubai.
You can also choose to attend a Suhoor during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Suhoor is the pre-dawn meal consumed by fasters just before the sun appears, the term also means the gatherings that are held across the UAE from about 9pm over Ramadan.You can check out a list of Suhoors happening in Dubai here.
The UAE’s leaders are often depicted in a number of different media platforms and artist impressions, but this fabulous new exhibition will see them in a new light – as crystal art masterpieces.
Between May 5 and August 21, the luxurious lobby of Fairmont Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, will be home to a glittering gallery to celebrate the Year of Tolerance.
The four crystal, canvas mounted portraits on display are of the late Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Each of the portraits contain 350,000 individually applied Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Pearls and Japanese glass crystal beads, and each have taken 480 hours (that’s around three months) to create.
The artist responsible for these amazing creations is Natalie Daghestani – a crystal and mixed media artist.
Keen to get one for the living room? The one-off artworks are worth a jaw-dropping Dhs30,000 each and are available to buy, if you’ve in the market for such a piece.
Now, just to find somewhere to hang them…
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, May 5 to August 21. Tel: (04) 311 8317. fairmont.com/dubai
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The first day of Ramadan 2019 will officially begin on Monday, May 6.
The UAE Moon Sighting Committee confirmed the news on Sunday night after it sighted the new crescent moon.
Saudi Arabia had earlier made the same call after the crescent moon was visible in the kingdom.
Remember, working hours for private sector employees will be reduced by two hours during Ramadan, while the working day for the public sector, and the school day is reduced to five hours.
Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar and begins 10 to 12 days earlier each year.
The Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences previously advised that Ramadan in the UAE looked set to begin on Monday, May 6.
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