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Weekly Planner: What’s on the Agenda for April 4-7

Continue spring break with super staycays, Easter treats, and food aplenty.

Sunday, April 4

If you’re looking for a top-notch family staycation deal, the new (and pet-friendly!) Vida Beach Resort in Umm Al Quwain should be on the top of your list.

The first beach resort by Vida, it boasts water views from every one of its 135 rooms alongside a wealth of family-friendly facilities such as a kids club with an outdoor playground, a kids pool, a dedicated kids-only splash area as well as kid-friendly water sports on the beach. 

Four-legged friends are also treated as a VIP – that’s Very Important Pooch – with special pet beds, toys, and bowls from Dubai Pet Food available throughout their stay. With dedicated dog-friendly areas and rooms, as well as alfresco restaurants welcoming all canine companions, you’d be barking mad not to book. 

Deluxe room rates start at AED 725, and pet stays are valid seven days a week for up to 14 days with a maximum of two pets per room. An additional one-time fee of AED 150 per pet and AED 50 per night for dedicated pet sanitisation measures apply. Get in touch with the property before your arrival so they can make the necessary arrangements for all furry guests.

Monday, April 5

Feeling creative? Then head down to Caya at Town Square for an egg-citing spot of Easter-inspired art. The cracking new eatery is hosting kid’s cookie decorating classes from now until April 10, with the chance for children ages 4 to 12 to express their creativity by decorating a giant Easter-themed egg and bunny-shaped cookies.

Priced at AED 55 per child, each class is limited to eight participants per session to adhere to social distancing requirements, with each table accommodating two children. Sessions start at 10am and run until 3pm, with each class lasting between 30-45 minutes. Kids play areas will be sanitised between each session as per all necessary health and safety protocols.

Call or WhatsApp 056 484 2836 to secure your spot.

Tuesday, April 6

Want to know more about veganism, vegan businesses, and opportunities in the growing plant-based sector? Then head to Dubai Marina’s Soul Santé this Tuesday, April 6 to take part in the first breakfast networking meeting hosted in partnership by the café, Vegan Entrepreneurs UAE, and Dubai Vegan Days.

Offering the chance to meet and discuss business with like-minded plant-forward entrepreneurs, Vegan Entrepreneurs UAE and e-retail site Not Just For Vegans founder Carly Dubrey, Soul Santé founder Manisha Advani, and founder of Dubai Vegan Days Ananda Shakespeare will be on hand to answer any questions about starting a vegan-focused business.

Priced AED 60 per person, admission includes a vegan breakfast, muffin, and drink. To pre-book your spot, click here.  

On April 6 and 7, the flavours of India and Latin America come together with explosive results, as esteemed chefs Richard Sandoval and Vineet Bhatia curate two exquisite and diverse four-course sharing menus over two evenings of must-try food.

As part of the extra special Four Hands Dinner experience on April 6 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Chef Sandoval will join Chef Bhatia in the Indya By Vineet kitchen for an evening of collaborative cooking as they prepare a four-course sharing menu, while on April 7, Chef Bhatia will cook with Chef Sandoval at Maya Mexican Kitchen + Bar, where each will contribute their own plates to another incredible four-course menu for guests to share and enjoy. 

For reservations, call 04 316 5550. 

Wednesday, April 7

What The Food by Alserkal Avenue is back with a bang for a ramped up second edition from April 7 to 10 as part of Dubai Food Festival.

A dynamic celebration of the city’s gastronomical concepts featuring some of Dubai’s most innovative and creative culinary entrepreneurs, Alserkal Avenue will present intimate supper clubs, art and culinary workshops, and cutting-edge culinary experimentation from 3pm to 10pm each day. Promising to be a fun, foodie extravaganza for the whole family (including your dog!), it’s a great way to top off the week and kick off the weekend. 


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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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