Fitness and fun with your mum, cool contemporary art, sumptuous seafood and bargain-priced beauty deals are on our radar this week
SUNDAY MARCH 21
If you’re lucky enough to be spending Mother’s Day with your mum this year, Bla Bla’s new Sunday deal is perfect for a day of fitness, fun and girlie bonding.
In collaboration with YoFit, Bla Bla has launched The Break Fit Club – a brilliant package of a fitness class with breakfast and beach club access, offering guests a morning Yoga-Pilates session at 8:45am, followed by breakfast on the terrace in Onda Nami and beach club access at Bla Bla all day.
After a breakfast of yummy dishes including Acai bowl, avocado toast, pancakes and granola with tea, coffee and juice, it’s time for guests to settle onto their sun lounger in a prime spot for the day, where they can unwind until 6pm.
Priced at just AED160 per person (not including f&b spend around the pool) to book, email [email protected], or call 058 606 3535
MONDAY MARCH 22
Get your culture fix with the return of Alserkal Art Week. Running from Monday, March 22 to Saturday, March 27, Dubai’s beating heart of all things cool and artistic will see its contemporary art galleries and not-for-profit spaces present new exhibitions, guest projects and fascinating talks with artists and curators from around the region throughout the week.
TUESDAY MARCH 23
This Tuesday, Michelin-starred Chef Jason Atherton’s award-winning British restaurant concept Marina Social introduces Seafood Social – a gastronomic journey through deep water delicacies against stunning panoramic views of Dubai Marina.
For one night only on March 23 from 6pm, the 5-course epicurean expedition begins with lobster ‘Tea’ with 24 months aged parmesan, followed by Yellow Fin tuna with apple and avocado, King Crab and scallops, Atlantic Cod with cauliflower, grapes, hazelnuts and sea herbs for main, topped off with a 99 Flake and doughnuts with jam and custard – a happy reminder of sandy summers! Priced AED350 per person for the five-course menu, and AED400 per person for a five-course menu including a glass of bubbles on arrival and a glass of sommelier-selected white grape. Guests can hashtag content with #SeafoodSocial at @marinasocialdubai across social media channels.
If you’re looking for a belated Mother’s Day gift or a pre-weekend pamper deal, look no further than Sass Beauty Lounge at Dubai Wharf Community Centre, Al Jaddaf. With two brilliantly-priced beauty bundles on offer, package one includes a facial, specialist mani and pedi, hair treatment, wash and blow dry plus brow tint & threading, while package two includes a body massage, gel mani and pedi, roots touch-up, wash and blow dry, brow tint and threading, all for just AED500 each.
Amazing value that simply cannot be missed, call 04 578 6196 to book.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.