Things to do in August

Weekly Planner: What’s on the Agenda from August 22-28

Here’s to a hat-trick of a week.


Don’t miss the chance to see The Green Planet’s latest arrivals: newborn cotton-top tamarin twins. Weighing less than 0.5kg, cotton-top tamarins are small monkeys that are usually found in the northwest corner of Colombia, but as a critically endangered species, it is estimated that only five percent of their natural habitat remains due to deforestation. With this in mind, The Green Planet has entered into a conservation breeding program to help support the rebuilding of a healthy population of the species, making the arrival of the new babies a step in the right direction. Successfully settling in well into their new home, you can visit the beyond-adorable twins from today at The Green Planet.

Book your tickets online at www.thegreenplanetdubai.com/en.


Every Monday from now until the end of October at W Dubai – The Palm, take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure to the Far East with Akira Back’s amazing Ni Ni Ni dining offer. Meaning ‘two two two’ in Japanese, diners can select their choice of two dishes and two alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and receive two chef’s choice items for just AED 222 per person. Make ours a tuna pizza or two, for two!

From 7pm-11pm, with tables allocated for two-hour dining slots, book now at 04 245 5800.

Akira Back’s amazing Ni Ni Ni dining offer


If you’re planning on watching Respect, the true story of Aretha Franklin’s journey to find her voice, you’re in for a treat. On August 24 from 7:30pm-8:15pm, Andrea Laguna will be performing Aretha Franklin’s classics at Roxy Cinema The Beach’s Platinum Lounge, taking ladies on a nostalgic musical journey whilst you tuck into canapés, a main course, and a mocktail before the screening. Priced just AED 120 including the price of your movie ticket, this is one ladies night no Dubai diva should miss. 

To book, visit theroxycinemas.com.

Roxy Cinema The Beach’s Platinum Lounge


We’ll be treating ourselves to a prekend day on a sunlounger at the newly reopened DRIFT Beach Dubai at One&Only Royal Mirage. Chic Wednesday at Drift gives all guests complimentary pool and beach access when they enjoy breakfast at its glorious poolside restaurant from 9am-11:30am. We’ll be having avocado toast, Italian frittata, and truffle-scrambled eggs – thanks for asking – before a slice of temperature-controlled infinity pool action.

For enquiries and reservations, call 04 315 2200 or e-mail [email protected].

DRIFT Beach Dubai


Who doesn’t love a great comedy night? No one, right? So we’ll be kicking off our weekend with an evening of leading stand-up talent with The Laughter Factory’s Deliciously Defiant tour. Making his long-anticipated Dubai debut, Nick Guerra will be performing fresh from appearances with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show alongside US comedy club headliner Jack Jr and globetrotting comic Lisa Curry at Grand Millennium in Barsha Heights. Doors open at 7pm, with the show starting at 8:30pm sharp.

Priced at AED 160 including VAT, tickets can be purchased online www.thelaughterfactory.com.

Deliciously Defiant tour


In need of a super-relaxed day out with your S.O.? Then sign yourself up for Sofitel Dubai The Palm’s amazing 2 for 1 Spacation offer. Book a couples spa retreat for a 60-minute signature massage in the private couple’s suite and spend the rest of your day enjoying complimentary access to Sofitel SPA’s outdoor infinity pool, indoor hydrotherapy pools, steam room, and sauna. Oh, and don’t miss out on the invigorating delights of the spa’s ice fountain after your treatment – the ultimate circulation-boosting post-sunlounger experience! 

For more information, visit www.sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com.

Sofitel Dubai


Wellness centre INSPIRE is celebrating the first anniversary in super-generous style this Saturday by offering free classes from 8am to 6:30pm at its Gate Avenue, DIFC outpost. A brilliant opportunity to try out one of the studio’s signature classes (including Floating Bliss, Warm Fit Flow, and Warm Flexibility Flow), there’s also the chance to win prizes, pick up some free gifts, and benefit from a super sale on selected items.

Booking in advance is imperative at www.inspiremeyoga.net.


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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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