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Weekly Planner: What’s on the Agenda from August 1-7

The year’s hottest month is here.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 1

Love Yorkshire pudding? August 1 is Yorkshire Day, an annual celebration of the historic British county and, to salute it, Reform Social & Grill is bringing back a selection of Yorkshire puddings with eight delicious new fillings. Running all week long, diners can choose from four different savoury puddings: medium-rare beef, pulled pork, roast turkey, and Cajun chicken. And on the sweet side? Nutella and banana, Lotus and vanilla ice cream, white-chocolate mousse and strawberry, or tiramisu. Yum!

Priced AED 60 for four Yorkies, call 04 454 2638 to book.

MONDAY, AUGUST 2

If your kids have been inspired by the action of the Olympics, how about enrolling them into a brand new sporting summer camp? One of the region’s most famous squash players, Kanzy EI Dafrawy – a.k.a. The Flying Daf – has launched The Flying DAF academy – the first of its kind in the UAE – to drive her ambitions for national and global development of the game. 

Based at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, the high-performance squash academy’s kids summer camp runs until August 21, welcoming three weekly intakes of youngsters to learn more about the game, enjoy some on-court action, or improve their skills under the guidance of professional coaches. Open to all levels, each five-day camp costs AED 800 per child, with attendees provided with snacks, branded tees, and 15% discount on customised equipment.

For more information, check out @theflyingdaf on Instagram.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3

Fancy yourself as a sommelier in the making? Then head to Souk Madinat Jumeirah and sign up for the new Tasting Tour that takes place every Tuesday from 7pm. Visitors will dive into grapes from Italy, Germany, Syria, France, and Portugal at Trattoria, Publique, Anar, The Noodle House, and Ushna. Priced at AED 395 per person, attendees will also be treated to light bites and a mini food-and-grape pairing lesson delivered by experts at each venue. 

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4

Dubai-based Lebanese artist Kristel Bechara’s latest exhibition opens today, showcasing a retrospective of 10 years in the evolution of her art. Running for one month only at DIFC’s Gate Avenue, A Dance of Colours features highlights from her most recent collection, Psychomachia, as well as signature pieces from previous works. We challenge you not to be dazzled by this technicolour spectacular of insightful pieces inspired by modern femininity.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5

After footage of Will Smith’s first dip into Dubai’s most talked about new attraction went viral last month, mere mortals now have the chance to explore the record-breaking 60-metre pool at Deep Dive Dubai. It’s home to the world’s deepest swimming pool, containing 14 million litres of water filtered and recirculated every six hours using NASA-developed filter technology. The water temperature, meanwhile, is maintained at an optimal 30ºC for optimum comfort as divers swim through Deep Dive Dubai’s incredible sunken city, complete with an abandoned streetscape and arcade.

With 56 underwater cameras covering all angles of the pool, as well as advanced sound and mood-lighting systems, Deep Dive is designed to be enjoyed by divers of all abilities (aged 10 and up) and offers a selection of scuba, freediving, and snorkelling experiences. All courses are delivered by a hand-picked team of international diving professionals and supported by the latest equipment, technology, and facilities – including what will be the region’s most advanced hyperbaric chamber, due to open by the end of this year. Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 12pm to 8pm, experiences start at AED 400 per person, granted only with a prior online booking. 

For more information and to book, visit www.deepdivedubai.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6

Start your weekend in memorable style with a dawn yoga class boasting one of the city’s most spectacular views. Held at Level 54, Address Sky View from 6am every Friday, the 60-minute sessions allow yogis to soak up the incredible Dubai skyline as you improve your strength, balance, and flexibility before enjoying a healthy buffet breakfast at the hotel’s signature dining spot, The Restaurant. Classes are priced AED 160 per person, with an extra AED 100 for breakfast.

To book, e-mail [email protected] or call 04 873 8882.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7

JBR hotspot Bla Bla’s new poolside Saturday brunch from 12pm-3pm is a fab new weekend deal that you shouldn’t miss. With three hours of unlimited beverages including house and sparkling grape as well as mimosas and sangria, each guest is treated to a grazing tray filled with salads, bruschetta, sushi, summer fruits, and refreshing popsicles – perfect for keeping your cool by the pool. With a live DJ and world-famous bongo player Walter Scalzone to keep the party going, prices start at AED 250 for soft and AED 350 for house beverages, as well as a sunlounger.

To book, call 04 584 4111.

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Dubai Delights: Top Things to Do and Experience During December

Festive Dubai Delights.

Welcome to the enchanting realm of Dubai in December, where the cityscape comes alive with festive cheer and dazzling experiences. In this guide, we’ll uncover the top activities and events that make Dubai a must-visit destination during the magical month of December.

1. Festive Wonderland at Global Village:

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Global Village, transformed into a festive wonderland with dazzling lights, international cuisines, and cultural performances that capture the spirit of the season.

2. Glittering Nights at Dubai Miracle Garden:

Witness nature’s artistry at Dubai Miracle Garden, where millions of flowers bloom in captivating designs. During December, the garden transforms into a twinkling paradise, offering a surreal and romantic experience.

3. Skiing in the Desert at Ski Dubai:

Embrace the juxtaposition of skiing in the desert at Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort. Experience the thrill of winter sports and snow play, providing a unique and surreal adventure in the heart of the Middle East.

4. Dubai Shopping Festival Extravaganza:

Indulge in a shopping spree at the Dubai Shopping Festival, where world-class retail therapy meets entertainment. Discover unbeatable deals, cultural performances, and a vibrant atmosphere that defines the city’s festive spirit.

5. New Year’s Eve Spectacular:

Ring in the New Year with a bang at the iconic Burj Khalifa fireworks display. Join the celebration at various venues across the city, where the skyline transforms into a canvas of breathtaking fireworks and festivities.

Dubai in December is a sensory delight, offering a unique blend of cultural richness, festive celebrations, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re seeking winter wonderlands in unexpected places or immersing yourself in the extravagance of shopping festivals, Dubai has something to captivate every traveller’s heart during this magical season.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Dubai in December special for tourists?

December in Dubai offers a unique blend of festive celebrations, cultural events, and pleasant weather. Explore the top activities and experiences that make it an ideal month for travelers.

Are the December festivities family-friendly?

Absolutely! Dubai’s December festivities cater to all age groups. From the magical atmosphere at Global Village to family-friendly events during the Dubai Shopping Festival, there’s something for everyone.

What should visitors know about celebrating New Year’s Eve in Dubai?

Discover tips and recommendations for experiencing the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Dubai, including prime viewing spots for the Burj Khalifa fireworks and other festive activities across the city.

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