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What To Do This Weekend In The UAE

As we gallop towards the peak of the festive season, what will you be getting up to in the UAE this weekend?

DECEMBER 17

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 

DECEMBER 18

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

DECEMBER 19

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 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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