Celebration with fireworks at night

What To Do This Long Weekend

Enjoy 5 days of socially-distanced celebrations this 49th UAE National Day.


Fireworks At Dubai Festival City

While the 49th National Day celebrations are rather different this year, there are still fireworks to be enjoyed if you head to Dubai Festival City Mall. For the first time ever, shoppers and diners have the chance to watch two fabulous fireworks displays and an Arabic-themed IMAGINE show combining lasers, light, fire and water as they enjoy their dinner from waterside seats. Because of this year’s exceptional circumstances, outdoor access to Festival Bay will be temporarily closed, with no access for walk-in diners. However, visitors who pre-book can enjoy the fireworks, with restaurants offering a choice of outdoor and indoor seating, allowing for all social distancing measures being adhered to. 

Venues participating in the celebration include Al Fanar, Chilli’s, Peppermill, Famous Dave’s, Five Guys, Nandos, Semsom, Turkish Village, Joe’s Crab Shack and the Intercontinental Hotel, all of which offer tables with perfect views of the fireworks display.

Customers must pre-book to secure their spots, with shows taking place at 7.00 pm-9.15 pm with fireworks at 9.00 pm, and 9.30 pm-11.30 pm with fireworks at 11.00 pm.

Celebrate At Home With Seeds Of The Union

You can still enjoy a visual spectacular at home, with the UAE’s official 49th National Day ‘Seeds of the Union’ show broadcasting live from Abu Dhabi on Wednesday at 6:15 pm. Taking the form of a moving sculpture surrounded by sea and illuminated by visuals portraying themes inspired by the UAE’s history and values, the 40-minute show will be shown on Abu Dhabi TV, Dubai TV, Dubai One and Mathrubhumi along with several other channels, and streamed for free online via the National Day YouTube channel, its official website and social media channels including Facebook and Instagram on @OfficialUAEND.

It will also be screened for free at selected VOX theatres in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Dubai, but tickets must be pre-booked. Inspired by the show, landmark buildings across the UAE will be lit up in the country’s national colours, including the headquarters of ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Global Market, Al Ain City Municipality, Marina Mall, Khalifa University, the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, with its 828-metre high facade featuring an illuminated LED screen that guides people to the platforms and channels broadcasting the show. Meanwhile, more illuminations will light up other key landmarks across the Emirates, including Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Emirates Palace, Mohammed V University, and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.

Family Fun At Jbr

JBR is hosting a packed schedule of free entertainment and activities over the National Day holiday. From December 2 to 5, JBR will be decorated in the colours of the UAE flag, and visitors to the city’s original dining and retail beachside destination can enjoy roaming entertainment with jugglers, stilt walkers, ribbon dancers, and musicians in action from 4 pm-8 pm every day. 


Shop Sustainable With One Good Thing At West Elm

Fancy a spot of socially-aware shopping? Then head down to West Elm at Dubai Mall, who are hosting sustainable and ethical-focused online retailer One Good Thing on December 3, 4, and 5 for a special festive gifting pop-up. With comfort and joy being particularly important this year, items range from one-of-a-kind jewelry and sustainable bags, to reclaimed wood headphones, conservation-focused camping gear, and upcycled travel goods – just the thing for gifting with a feelgood factor. 


Get Arty With The Abu Dhabi Edition

In the capital this National Day weekend? Running until December 5, The Abu Dhabi EDITION in Al Bateen Marina is hosting The Abu Dhabi EDITION UAE National Day Gallery, showcasing an array of pieces and live paintings by local artists, alongside the contemporary hotel’s own impressive art collection.

Curated in partnership with iAM Studio Abu Dhabi, visitors can view works from Budour Al Ameri, Salama Al Nuaimi, Khaled Al Jabri, Jeramie Christian, Leila Marie and Sultan Al Hashimi, as well as exclusive photography by Wilfred Thesiger.  

Alpine Treats At Swissotel Al Ghurair

We may not be able to enjoy a trip to Lapland this festive season, but you can get into the spirit of things with an afternoon of gingerbread house building. Swisotel Al Ghurair is hosting a delicious high tea with a gingerbread house decorating workshop – perfect for keeping little elves entertained as you much your way through an array of teatime treats. From 12 pm-4 pm, Dhs150 for two adults and two kids. 


Bring your appetite to Dubai’s Reform Social and Grill on December 5 to enjoy a foodie-must-try: the inaugural Best of Dubai Chefs. Taking place on The Lawn at the family-friendly hotspot in The Lakes, fifteen of the city’s most talented and reputable chefs will be taking part in the one-of-a-kind gastronomic spectacular, with each chef offering unlimited street-food-style small bites with pairing beverages from their own individual stations. With a choice of five starter dishes, seven mains and three desserts, foodies can work their way through the menu or head back for more of their favourite dishes for a flat fee of Dhs300.

With a packed schedule of live music and entertainment throughout the four hours, chefs will also be on-site throughout the day, giving visitors a chance to meet their favourite local chef and cajole their favourite recipe from them. Call 04 454 2638 or WhatsApp 058 647 8692 to book – advance booking recommended.  

Shop Wellness Goodies At Seva’s Festive Market

If you’re looking for gorgeous, ethically-sourced gifts, head to Seva’s Festive Market on December 4 and 5. Taking place in the serene gardens of the much-loved wellness center in Jumeirah 1, the theme at Seva is conscious shopping, with all manner of clean and ethical beauty goodies, clothes, crystals, books, and trinkets on offer from an array of hand-picked, local vendors. Home to the city’s first vegan cafe, stock up on festive goodies for all as you nourish your mind, body, and soul.    


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Where Can I Find Serenity In Dubai?

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Dubai, globally renowned for its tourism appeal, presents a surprising array of hidden picnic spots that seamlessly merge nature’s tranquillity with the city’s vibrant allure. Beyond the iconic skyline and luxurious attractions, Dubai showcases a commitment to preserving culture and heritage. Diverse outdoor spaces have been created to offer a refreshing respite amidst the city’s hustle. There are plenty of places to enjoy a day with friends and family. Let’s explore the best outdoor spots in Dubai, where you can relax, unwind, and create fantastic memories.

Dubai Creek Park

Dubai Creek Park is the second largest park in Dubai. Spread across vast green lawns, the park offers stunning views of Dubai Creek, botanical gardens and an amphitheatre. Dubai Creek Park has many amenities like mini golf, go-karting and a vast playground for kids. It is the very first theme park for children. Children City and Dubai Dolphinarium are the major attractions of this park. You will witness traditional dhow boats gliding through the water. With children’s play areas and a cable car ride, Dubai Creek Park promises an enjoyable time for the entire family.

Jumeirah Beach Park

Jumeirah Beach Park offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a barbecue area, and a water park, it offers plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic. Offering some beach sports for both children and adults, you come across beautiful tranquil spots as well.

Mushrif Park

A sprawling oasis spanning over 1,300 acres, this is located in the eastern part of the city, near the suburb of Al Khawaneej, about 16 km from the traditional centre of Dubai. This park boasts of lush gardens, vast open spaces, and tranquil lakes. It also has a train ride facility that tours the beauty of the park. Here, you can find designated picnic areas equipped with barbecue facilities, providing the perfect setting for an alfresco feast. For added adventure, you can explore the park’s cycling tracks, and horseback riding trails, and even take a stroll through the botanical gardens in the evenings.

Al Qudra Lake

An expansive Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve built to promote eco-tourism in Dubai, it features multiple artificial lakes, surrounded by dunes and fauna. The attraction gained popularity in 2015 for its authentic desert vibe and seclusion. It is a popular spot for fishing and water sports. The lake is surrounded by desert dunes, which provide a stunning backdrop for a break from the grind.

Zabeel Park

Spreading across an area of 45 football fields, it has three zones, namely, Techno Zone, Communications Zone, and Alternative Energy Zone. Situated in the shadow of Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, across 47.5 hectares, the park offers lush greenery, lakes, and picturesque gardens. With designated barbecue areas, ample seating spaces, and well-maintained lawns, Zabeel Park’s unique features, such as the Dubai Frame and the Dubai Garden Glow, add an extra touch of magic for residents and tourists.

Safa Park

Expanded to around 64 hectares of land, it is home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a zoo, and a lake. There are also plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic.

Al Barsha Pond Park

If you are planning to escape from the city and spend some time in a peaceful residential area then this would be the right place for you. Al Barsha Pond Park is a small park located in the Al Barsha area of Dubai. It is home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a pond, and a walking track. There are also plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic.

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Nestled along Dubai’s coastline, this pristine park features five beautiful beaches, extensive green lawns, and palm-fringed pathways. Picnic shelters, barbecue sites, and playgrounds are scattered throughout the park. Swim in the crystal-clear waters, play some beach volleyball, or simply relax on the sandy shores. Al Mamzar Beach Park offers a perfect blend of sun, sand, and picnic bliss.

These are just a few of the many great recreational spots in Dubai. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy a day out with friends and family.

When deciding on a spot, consider the weather conditions for the day. If it’s scorching hot outside, opt for a location with ample shade to provide relief from the sun’s intense rays. Pack plenty of food and drinks, ensuring that you include items that will help you stay hydrated and energised in the heat. Bring a first-aid kit just in case. Lastly, remember to be responsible and respectful by cleaning up and leaving the park in the same pristine condition as when you arrived.

Going on a picnic is fun. Our team at Gaggler has some recommendations to make your family time enjoyable and to collect some of the precious moments.

Take a break from your bustling life with an Intention Setting Kit to enhance your productivity. Wear a Labradorite Bracelet to welcome your mind and heart for new ideas and thoughts. Going outdoors in Dubai may cause sweating so use UnderArm Sweat Pads to feel fresh and relaxed. Treat yourself to some Brownie Bossbabe Cookies for a healthy boost of energy. Staying hydrated is essential outdoors so don’t forget to carry a Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle for your 2 Litres of daily water intake.

Intention Setting Kit

As you embark on your picnic adventure in Dubai Creek Park, set your intentions for the day with an Intention Setting Kit. This kit includes items like a Patchouli Tealight, a Palo Santo Wood Stick, Frankincense Incense, a White Sage Stick, and a Clear Quartz Crystal. Use the guide provided to perform a DIY ritual and set your intentions for fresh starts and positive energy.


Intention Setting Kit

AED 175.00

Labradorite Bracelet

Incorporate crystals by wearing a Labradorite Bracelet when you decide to connect with nature. It is known for its purifying and enlightening properties. It helps to calm an overactive mind, open up new ideas, strengthen your aura, and rejuvenate your mind. A perfect accessory while taking a stroll in the Jumeirah Beach Park!


Labradorite Bracelet

AED 66.00

No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads

Stay fresh and confident throughout your day out with No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads. These disposable pads are easy to use and prevent sweat stains on your clothing. Simply place them on the inside of your garment to absorb sweat and avoid any embarrassing stains. Enjoy your time at the Mushrif Park without the fear of visible sweat marks.


No Stain Under Arm Sweat Pads

AED 40.00

Brownie Bossbabe

Treat yourself to a delicious and nutritious snack with the Brownie Bossbabe Cookie. This soft-textured cookie is packed with cacao and dark chocolate, providing antioxidants and immune support. Indulge in the rich and powerful flavours perfect for your outdoor adventure at the Al Mamzar Beach Park.


The Brownie Bossbabe

AED 90.00

Crystal-Infused Water Bottle

Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle, known for its love, empathy, and healing properties can help nourish your heart, promote self-love and self-awareness, and attract love from others. Sip on crystal-infused water as you relax and enjoy your picnic in Safa Park Dubai.


Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Dubai surprises visitors with spaces that create a harmony and a connect between nature, relaxation, and personal well-being. The positive energy in these parks along with intention-setting recommended products from The Gaggler is a great way to switch up your wellness routine.


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