Dubai Weekend ShortList

Ramadan Mubarak! The first week of Ramadan has been a whirlwind of Iftars, and the after-dark feasting has only just begun. This week there are Ramadan tents to explore, new films to see, sports to play and charities to help.

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EAT: Ghaf Kitchen and A4 Space

Everyone’s favourite vintage food truck, Ghaf Kitchen, has a pop-up Ramadan Garden in A4 Space throughout the Holy Month. The alternative Iftar has hanging plants, fairy lights and a picnic style atmosphere. It’s a table service set-up with a choice of tasty hot main dishes and Arabic Mezzes from sunset until 10pm. For more Iftars under AED150, visit our round up.
AED95 per person. 056 393 3712, 

WATCH: Love and Mercy

Paul Dano, the sulky teenage big brother in Little Miss Sunshine and creepy minister Eli in There Will Be Blood, plays the young Brian Wilson, the troubled genius behind The Beach Boys, while John Cusack returns to the kind of form we’ve long missed as the musician in middle-age. They’re both sensational. Elizabeth Banks adds considerably to her CV as Wilson’s wife Melinda.
For screening times visit our Dubai cinema listings.


PLAY: Dubai Sports World

Thanks to the fifth edition of Dubai Sports World (DSW), the UAE’s largest indoor sporting venue is open again for summer. With more than 22,000 square metres of air-conditioned facilities, it’s the answer to all your heat-busting dreams. Rent a football pitch, a basketball court, play netball, tennis, cricket… Pull out some tricks in the skate park, or even make use of the free gym. For all the details visit our guide to Dubai Sports World.

FEAST: Ramadan Tents

The Ramadan tents seem bigger and better than ever this year. From lavish Iftar buffets to al la carte suhoors, live entertainment to board games and shisha – a Ramadan tent can be an ideal place to break your fast and spend your evenings with family and friends during Ramadan. Check out our round up of the most Instagrammable tents.


HELP: Local Charities

The goodwill vibes of Ramadan are all around, and giving back to the community, or others in need across the world, is easy to do. Whether you have money to spare, time to give, or skills that are needed, there’s a charity that could benefit from your help. Visit our ShortList of charities you can help this month.

SHOP: Kate Spade’s Summer Collection

The masters of kitsch, Kate Spade’s new summer 2015 collection is as quirky as ever. Cat and mouse is the theme, and the brand have run with it head and tail, with mousey totes and feline purses.
See our picks from the collection here.

To find out what else is going on in Dubai, visit our events listings.

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