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Dubai's Best Ramadan Markets to Visit in 2024

Lanterns, henna, dates, and more – enjoy this Ramadan season at the bustling night markets of Dubai.

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Dubai's Best Ramadan Markets to Visit in 2024

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, once-plain streets become festive overnight, bedecked with colourful lanterns, streamers, and lights. A feeling of goodwill (and the smells of incredible food) permeates the air as people take time out of their lives to think about others.

One of our favourite traditions are the holiday night markets that pop up during this special month. With stores and stalls open all night, these markets are the perfect place to break your fast, connect with others, and experience Ramadan’s rich heritage and traditions. So between your first date at iftar to your last bite at suhoor, make sure you find some time to squeeze in a visit to one of Dubai’s bustling markets. Here are some of our top picks for places to visit this Ramadan season…

Ramadan Souq

When: 10 AM – 10 PM daily until March 9th

Where: Old Municipality Street, Bur Deira

If you want an early taste of Ramadan, head to the Ramadan Souq in Bur Deira. Markets have been held in this location since the 19th century, which is why the Dubai Municipality has chosen to organise this souq as a celebration of the city’s heritage. This particular souq is already open, and will remain so until March 9th. Expect to find incredible food, live performances, activities for children – and the opportunity to finish up your pre-Ramadan shopping.

The Ramadan District

When: 5 PM – 2 AM daily from March 15th – April 4th

Where: Ramadan District, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Plaza Terrace

Experience a blend of cultural heritage and modern entertainment at the second edition of Dubai’s Ramadan District. One of the biggest Ramadan markets in Dubai, this event has everything you need to tap into the community and spirit of Ramadan. Curated by M2L Concepts, this market boasts a wide selection of attractions, including henna and calligraphy artists, games, performances, arts and crafts, activities – even cooking classes! Expect to find international brands as well as local businesses represented among this market’s vendors. This market is fun for the whole family, with a dedicated children’s area full of workshops and activities. You should note that entrance to this market is free, but some activities might require a fee.

Hai Ramadan

When: 5 PM – 12 AM daily throughout Ramadan

Where: Expo City

Join one of Dubai’s biggest celebrations at Expo City! This community event has a wide selection of food carts and vendors, making it the perfect place to break a fast. When you’re done eating, check out the array of handmade crafts and traditional garments for sale. This market features a special experience for your family’s tiniest shoppers, with a Dukan Yadoo, or ‘grandmother’s supermarket,’ where children can buy candy with tokens from a traditional ‘Floos bank.’ 

Entry to Hai Ramadan is free when you book your spot at an iftar or a suhoor. Without a booking the entry fee is Dhs20 per person, and free for children under the age of five. Get your tickets on platinumlist.net.

Market at The Beach, JBR

When: March 10th – April 8th

Where: The Beach, JBR

Spending Ramadan at the beach? Then make sure you visit the pop-up night market at The Beach, JBR. This market has everything you need to complete your Ramadan and Eid shopping, plus incredible firework displays from March 15–17 and March 29–31. You can even earn rewards in the form of Tickit points up to AED50 by spending your iftar at City Walk or The Beach, JBR three times during the month of Ramadan.

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