Ramadan Etiquette

Ramadan Collage

Ramadan is the holy ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims observe fast from the start of dawn (i.e. just before the start of Fajr) until sunset (i.e. the entrance of maghrib time). Suhur as the morning meal is eaten before fajr prayer matched by Iftar as the evening meal, during Ramadan, substituting the traditional three meals. While fasting, Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual relations. Regarded as the Five Pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan also means increased praying and recitation of Quran.  Since, it is an intensely spiritual and sacred period; Non-Muslims are expected to respect the sentiments of fasting Muslims and maintain the sanctity of Ramadan. Continue reading Ramadan Etiquette

Ramadan 2015: 5 Best Iftars in Dubai

From classic Arabian dishes to contemporary takes on Middle Eastern cuisine, the restaurants in Dubai are serving special Ramadan menus after the sun goes down.  We round up the best 5 places to break your fast.

Cle Dubai, DIFC

Credit: Cle-Dubai
Credit: Cle-Dubai

Cle Dubai’s first Ramadan will be hosted by celebrity chef Greg Malouf and the Iftar spread is all the recognised authority’s take on Middle Eastern cuisine. The three-course has signature dishes such as Malouf’s Mezza – lamb kibbeh cooked in a pan, Scottish salmon & Gulf prawn baked with couscous & preserved lime and watermelon, strawberries & pistachio Halawa. Don’t miss out on Cle’s Ouzi – marinated & roasted baby lamb & nut rice and Baklava family selection!

Dh180, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. À la carte suhoor available until 11:30 pm. Continue reading Ramadan 2015: 5 Best Iftars in Dubai

Dubai’s Night-time Activities

Dubai is not just sand, skyscrapers, culture, and fine food! When the sun sets, a myriad of activities emerge. From shop therapy to scuba, don’t miss out on these late-night events.

Credit: RWAQ The Walk at JBR
Credit: RWAQ The Walk at JBR

Start off with a leisurely walk along JBR’s The Walk. Entrance is free. There are restaurants, retail shops, art exhibits, and the perfect night sky as backdrop. Continue reading Dubai’s Night-time Activities

Daytime Dining in Dubai over Ramadan

During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from consuming food and drink during daylight hours. But if you are not fasting, where can you find those numerous restaurants that are considerately and tastefully open to non-Muslims throughout Dubai? Here are top 5 restaurants that are open during daylight hours this year. Continue reading Daytime Dining in Dubai over Ramadan

It’s raining 3-D in Dubai!

If you want to experience the grandeur of Dubai, beyond its usual attractions, come to The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence. Since last Sunday, the Dubai Canvas Festival is celebrating art and culture through various 3-D artworks in chalk or paint. These 3-D rendered detailed works play highly on perspective feel,  puzzling the the eye of the beholder with their life-like movements. Continue reading It’s raining 3-D in Dubai!

Is this the most expensive ice cream in the world?

Courtesy: Scoopi Café

When it comes to Dubai’s definition of bling and extravagance, the sky’s is the limit. It comes as no surprise that Dubai’s Scoopi Café has recently unveiled its latest invention: a scoop of ice cream costing a humongous Dhs3,000 or $817! Continue reading Is this the most expensive ice cream in the world?

Taste of Dubai 2015

Taste of Dubai

The Emiratis are coming closer to conquering cuisines when it comes to food. At the Taste of Dubai festival, they have everything covered on the culinary front. As part of the second Dubai Food Festival, the stalls at the Taste of Dubai celebrate craft, diversity and culture of food in different ways. Learn a few kitchen secrets from celebrity chefs, pen new recipes at a cookery class, participate in beverage tastings or simply spend the day relaxing in the VIP lounge with a glass of champagne. Continue reading Taste of Dubai 2015

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015


Polo often called the ‘sport of the kings’, and the oldest team sport were first probably played by nomadic warriors over two thousand years ago. Even today, the spunk and eagerness to battle it out for the top place is seen in polo players.

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Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2015


The first of the four annual Grand Slam – Australian Open brought in some expected results as Novak Djokovic continues his success on the courts. So, who’s next? The hunt for the heart pumping, adrenaline rushing, non stop action will continue in Dubai at the Dubai Duty Free Championships, where tennis superstars such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and the Williams sisters put in their best to defend their title. The grunts, eye-piercing looks, hard-hitting forehands, and breathtaking rally by the greatest of players will all happen at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium from 15th – 28th February 2015. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience such an event and should not be missed. Continue reading Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2015

Camel Racing Season in Dubai

Camel Racing

Camel racing is a popular sport in Dubai, holding the audiences interest with an elegant run to the finish line. Once just a domesticated working animal, camels in recent time have gained great honor in the racing kingdom. To watch the fast paced action of camel run, visit Dubai during the Al Marmoum 2013/2014 racing season. Continue reading Camel Racing Season in Dubai