Vegan, dairy free, and gluten-free, these yummy nut milk lattes are packed

Weekly Planner: What’s on the Agenda from August 15-21

Relax and eat cheese, please.


It’s the first day back after the long weekend, but if you’re not ready to return to the grind quite yet, take advantage of the fact that today is National Relaxation Day and head over to Tania’s Tea House for the BOGOF offer on its immunity-boosting Magic Mylk menu. Vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free, these yummy nut milk lattes are packed with all-natural adaptogens that boost resilience and mental and physical health, making them a delicious way to power up your day. Bring a friend for a catch-up, host your next meeting there, or cosy up in a corner of the café and try out two flavours by yourself! For a further de-stress and boost to your creativi-tea, ask for a complimentary tea-themed colouring-in page – a great form of meditation that can lower stress and help to relax your brain.

Running until August 21, visit www.taniasteahouse.com for more information.


If your beach body isn’t quite where you wanted it to be this summer, Fairmont The Palm’s brilliant offer is one that you shouldn’t miss. Sign up for its one-month ReConnect package before August 31 and, for only AED 750, members receive unlimited access to the hotel’s gorgeous white sandy beach, eight temperature-controlled pools, state-of-the-art gym and TRX studio, as well as 20% off at Willow Stream Spa and at selected restaurants across the hotel.

For more information, call 052 863 6790.


Gwyneth Paltrow made cupping one of the must-try holistic therapies of the noughties, but did you ever try it? No, neither did we. But since Atlantis The Palm’s ShuiQi Spa has introduced Bellabaci cupping to its spa menu, we’ll definitely be giving it a shot. A modern upgrade on the ancient healing method of cupping that, like acupuncture, is believed to help sedate the central nervous system and promote relaxation and stress relief, Bellabaci cupping creates a vacuum/suction on the muscles, immediately bringing oxygen and new blood cells to the area, which aids in the detoxification process.

Used around the body in conjunction with massage for a deeper release of muscular tension and helping to break down scar tissue, Bellabaci cupping uses scientifically designed medical silicone cups that are hand-squeezed to provide a vacuum that provides superior stimulation to the skin and underlying tissue. These are used instead of the traditional Hijama cups that are made of plastic or glass and tend to leave marks – as most famously seen on Ms. Paltrow. It’s available as an upgrade to any massage for an extra AED 50, so we’ll be adding this onto the spa’s ‘Sensational Summer’ deal, which offers a complimentary 30-minute facial or body scrub with any 60-minute treatment booked.

For more information, visit www.atlantis.com or call 04 42 61020.


Love cheese? Then make your way to the newly opened Jones Social at Millennium Airport Hotel for its epic, all-new cheese and wine night featuring unlimited grape, a glorious cheese board including four fine artisan cheeses, lavish crackers, and specially paired accompaniments selected from Jones the Grocer’s gourmet grocery and cheese room. There’s also a sumptuous snack board to tuck into as the night progresses. With a smooth jazz soundtrack to set the mood, guests have the chance to participate in a mystery grape quiz with the chance of winning prizes ranging from restaurant gift vouchers to a complimentary dinner for two.

Priced AED 179 per person, every Wednesday from 7pm-1am, pre-book your table online at www.jones-social.com.


Collaborating with Dubai Summer Surprises and The Green Planet, Emirates Literature Foundation’s Tales of the Green Planet kicks off today. Running until Saturday, the three-day interactive ‘edutainment’ weekender is all about teaching children how to make our world a better place. Activities for kids aged 3-10 include a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and a letter-writing corner where children can send notes to their favourite animal (and receive a reply via e-mail). Topping the bill will be storytelling from top authors, illustrators, and performing artists Ebtisam Al-Beiti, Maitha Al Khayat, Noura Al Khoori, Stephanie Robert, Lamya Tawfik, Simar Halwany, and Youshey Zakiuddin to get imaginations racing, as well as an appearance from Magic Phil, showcasing his signature interactive magic and animal-focused storytelling.

Running 2pm-6pm on August 19 and 11am-6pm on August 20 and 21, restricted numbers will be allowed for each session to comply with COVID-19 protocols. For more information, visit www.elfdubai.org.


Brunch is well and truly back – and if celebrating its return with knockout food and sensational music is your kind of thing, there’s no better place than Buddha Bar at Grosvenor House. Aptly named Seventh Heaven, this brand new brunch is a four-hour spectacular of divine Pan-Asian cuisine and delicious drinks guaranteed to kickstart your weekend on a high. Paired with top tunes by the resident DJ and live entertainment, this is the only place to be if top-notch weekend party vibes is what you’re looking for.

For reservations, call 04 317 6000 or visit www.buddhabar-dubai.com


New to Dubai, returning from a summer break, or just fancy a good time meeting new people? McGettigan’s JLT is hosting the ultimate Freshers’ Fair throughout the week of August 20-27 to celebrate all things back to school. With the city’s biggest social, sports, and supporter clubs present throughout the weekend of the 20th, there are plenty of opportunities to join a new team or learn about something new ahead of the new school year. Stop by McGettigan’s JLT on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and treat yourself to its famous Irish breakfast and the chance to meet-and-greet club officials for all the information you need to get involved.

Call 04 356 0000 for more information.


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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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