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Weekly Planner: What’s on the Agenda from August 29 – September 4

Beat the back-to-school blues already.


Squeezing as much as you can into the remainder of the summer holidays? Today is your last chance to take advantage of the huge discounts on offer on the final day of Aquaventure’s annual Splash Sale. With tickets purchased until August 29 redeemable until September 30, there are massive discounts available on everything from individual admissions to The Lost Chambers Aquarium to Aquaventure day and annual passes. With 105 rides, slides, and attractions across the world’s biggest waterpark – including the longest family water coaster in the world of its kind, the tallest vertical drop body slide in the Middle East, and the region’s first cliff jumping experience – a day at Aquaventure also includes access to 1km of private beach, watersports, unlimited use of the Waverider surf machine, and a choice of 26 food and beverage outlets.

To make the most of the Splash Sale, visit atlantisthepalm.com


Mixing indoor and outdoor activities for kids with luxurious amenities for grown-ups, Caesars Palace Dubai’s Island Playground Staycation is a great excuse to enjoy one last hoorah before school starts. With a daily line-up of creative classes, games, workshops, challenges, and animal interactions with Green Planet from 11am to sunset; welcome bags packed with beach and pool toys; vouchers to redeem against selected F&B treats and cool merchandise for kids, parents can enjoy some well deserved R&R or join in with the kid’s activities and take part in the Caesars Family Olympics that is held on the resort’s private beach three times a week at sunset.

Running until September 4, Island Playground packages start at AED 1,643 per night for families. Visit www.caesars.com/dubai for more information


Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s Italian eatery Trattoria is inviting pasta enthusiasts, budding chefs, or anyone interested in trying their hand at something new to its pasta-making masterclass this Tuesday morning. Following a welcome breakfast, Chef Alberto Burgio will teach guests how to make Cavatelli al Sugo di Mare, a traditional shell-shaped pasta originating from Southern Italy from scratch, part of a three-course lunch served after class. Bellisimo!

Priced AED 165 per person, the masterclass experience runs from 9am until 1pm. To book your spot, call 800 666 353.


It’s (still) pretty hot out there, so how about cooling off with a game of snow volleyball? Moving from the sand to the snow and getting a chilled new twist at Ski Dubai, Snow Volleyball is a three-player variant of beach volleyball that’s simply perfect for summer. Hire a court for 45 minutes and you’ll also receive training from two experts from Esperia Volleyball Academy, the leading volleyball academy in the region.

Priced AED 149 per team of six people, courts are available to hire from 07:45 – 08:30 and 08:45 – 09:30. To book, visit skidxb.com.  


It’s Sweaty Selfie night on the first Thursday of the month at Bare DXB, our favourite fitness alternative to hitting the nearest nightclub. With a combination of weight training and HIIT exercises in a fun-soaked class – complete with a party playlist and blacked-out studio – we’re pretty sure you’ll forget you’re even working out. And to celebrate getting through it all? Take and post the perfect sweaty selfie dressed up with neon face paint and water pistols to be in with a chance of winning some great fitness goodies.

Classes take place at 5:30pm at Bare DXB, Business Bay. Visit barefitness.com or @baredxb to book. 


Anyone up for a pool day with a delish brunch? Address Sky View’s adults-only Poolside Brunch Club is all about making the most of your Friday. Start with two hours to top up your tan from 10am-12pm at The Restaurant’s gorgeous pool before heading indoors via the Insta-perfect Aperol Spritz station to the newly opened Glass Garden for a relaxed brunch. Tuck into maki rolls, fresh seafood platters, nachos, cold cuts, and sliders, leaving plenty of room for dessert – the frozen apricot pavlova and coconut ice cream with fresh mango is simply BEYOND – before snapping a selfie or two on the bright orange swing in the shadow of the iconic Burj Khalifa.

Priced AED 295 per person for food and soft drinks, AED 395 per person for food and house beverages, and AED 495 per person for food and premium beverages. Call 04 873 8888 or e-mail [email protected] to book.


After a hectic summer, booking in for a spot of pampering should be a must for busy mums – and Coya Spa’s Back To School package has gone straight to the top of the class. Comprising a 30-minute massage, gel mani-pedi, an express radiance facial, and a root tint and blow-dry for just AED 650, it’s the perfect excuse to gather your back-to-school girl gang. Just be sure to book in before the offer ends on September 11.

Visit coyaspa.com 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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