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Updated March 2023
During Ramadan, working hours and operating hours are typically reduced in Dubai and the UAE, leading to a more peaceful atmosphere. However, this changes during Iftar time when Muslims seek food and a place to break their fast.
For those looking for not only delicious food but also a beautiful setting to enjoy their evening meal, the Hai Ramadan Festival at Expo City Dubai could be the perfect option. Here’s everything you need to know about the festival, including its dates, location, and timings.
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Hai Ramadan Festival 2023 at Expo City Dubai
The 2023 Hai Ramadan Festival at Expo City Dubai is set to offer an enchanting journey across the Islamic world. The festival will take guests on a cultural tour starting from the classic Emirati communities and extending to the Levant, North Africa, South Asia, and the modern Arabian Gulf.
In addition to the cultural experience, guests can indulge in a variety of domestic and international food and drinks while breaking their fast and sharing a meal with loved ones during this sacred month.
What to expect from Hai Ramadan 2023 at Expo City Dubai
The festival will feature a wide range of captivating activities and attractions that are sure to enhance your Ramadan experience. From cultural performances to art exhibitions, there’s something for everyone at Hai Ramadan.
In addition to the festivities, the festival will offer a mouth-watering array of cuisine, which may tempt you to spend a significant amount of time at the event during Ramadan.
As previously mentioned, there will be a wide range of food and beverage options to satisfy attendees’ appetites after several hours of fasting. For a truly unique dining experience, attendees can enjoy Iftar and Suhoor while taking in the surreal view of an upward waterfall, accompanied by live music. Alternatively, communal tables will weave their way through the Mobility District, offering diners the chance to break their fast with their groups.
The starting price for Iftar meals is AED 250 per adult, with a half-price offer for children under 12 years old. Children under 6 years old can enjoy their meals free of charge. The Suhoor meal is priced at AED 225 per person. Please note that booking in advance is required to experience Iftar and Suhoor at this site.
For additional food options, guests can visit food trucks parked in the area.
During Ramadan, Muslims often increase their prayer activities, particularly nightly prayers. To facilitate this, the event provides a dedicated mosque on-site for all prayers, including Isha, Taraweeh, and Tahajjud prayers.
After the Taraweeh prayer, storytellers will share the ancient Arab art of Hakawati, which encompasses tales of culture, religion, morality, and adventure.
Al Wasl Plaza
Al Wasl Plaza is an excellent option for families looking for a festival spot suitable for all ages. The plaza will showcase a theatrical show that is appropriate for all ages, featuring Expo 2020 Dubai’s official mascots, Rashid and Latifa, as the characters.
Children of all ages can also participate in workshops and games while learning about Emirati culture and the values of Ramadan, such as kindness, generosity, and compassion.
In addition to the highlights mentioned above, visitors can expect the following:
- sports tournament
- a bustling night market
- UAE cultural avenue
- charity activation
- Rashid & Latifa meet and greet
- sweet treats
Hai Ramadan Festival 2023 dates & location
The event will run for approximately 50 days, from March 3 to April 22, 2023. During the first two weeks before Ramadan, only some of Hai Ramadan’s sections will be open, while the rest are expected to be fully open during Ramadan.
The festival will take place at Expo City Dubai. Visitors can easily access the location via metro, bus, taxi, or car. For a more precise location of the expo, refer to the map below.
Hai Ramadan Festival 2023 timings
From 3 – 20 March, the festival will open from 4 PM to 10 PM. From 21 March until 22 April, it will open from 5 PM to 2 AM.
Hai Ramadan Festival 2023 ticket price
Admission to the festival is free for all visitors. However, some activities and workshops may have charges or fees associated with them.