As we gallop towards the peak of the festive season, what will you be getting up to in the UAE this weekend?
Get Festive With Your Four-Legged Friend
Looking for a fun festive outing with a member of your furry family? Locally-based customized pet furniture brand, Furnature, is hosting a Christmas Pet Carnival this Thursday evening at JLT’s Latin American foodie hotspot, Highway 311.
With an arty workshop offering guests the chance to paint and customize a cute dog leash holder created by Furnature while they enjoy a three-course Latin American menu, there’s a Furnature-designed Christmas selfie booth onsite for taking close-ups with your pooch, as well as prizes up for grabs. Promising to be a fun night out for four-legged friends and their two-legged owners, an entrance fee of Dhs59 includes access to the painting workshop and the chance to win gifts, discounts, and vouchers. To register, call or text 055-2744556
Nail Last Minute Shopping at Market Outside The Box
Not finished (or started) your Christmas shopping yet? Dubai Shopping Festival returns this weekend, kicking off with the opening of Market Outside The Box. Running from December 17 to January 2 at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, and hosting an array of unique brands and fun F&B concepts in one, unique pop-up, MOTB offers a brilliant alternative shopping experience for some last minute festive spending.
This year, MOTB takes its inspiration from Asian Pop Culture and NEWTRO, which blends elements of vintage 90s and contemporary culture, with an emphasis on music, colour, and fashion. Kicking off the style shopping spectacular, The Gaggler’s fashion expert Lucy Wildman will be joining pre-loved boutique RETOLD at their stand at MOTB this weekend, offering expert styling tips and helping shoppers unearth their perfect, pre-loved fashion find for the festive season and beyond. For more information, visit @dsfsocial on social media channels and mydsf.ae
Sing Along at Jingle Bell Rock
Fancy a feelgood, festive family night out? Christmas concert Jingle Bell Rock makes its return to Dubai this Friday. With a stellar line-up of international performers and musicians, Jingle Bell Rock at Dubai World Trade Centre promises to boost the spirit of the season with a catalogue of everyone’s favourite festive tunes, and is the perfect way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in a safe and socially distanced environment.
Starring London West End singing sensation The Barricade Boys, some of the finest male voices from the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables, alongside award-winning Broadway and West End leading lady Kerry Ellis, with only two performances on the day at 3pm and 8pm Jingle Bell Rock is the hottest ticket in town this weekend. For more information, visit platinumlist.net and ticketmaster.ae
Get Festively French At Bijou Patisserie
Bring the French art de vivre to life indulging in Festive “Le Goûter” or Afternoon Tea at Bijou Patisserie at the city’s ultra-glamorous new hotel hotspot, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. An impossibly delicious way to enjoy the tastes of the season, tuck into hand-crafted festive-themed coffret, pastries, and cake, along with an array of organic teas and traditional coffees prepared by Bijou Patisserie’s gastronomic wizards. Available daily until December 25 at Bijou Patisserie from 2pm-6pm, Le Goûter – Noël edition is priced AED 165 per person including a glass of bubbly.
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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.