Weekend Diary: What’s On The Agenda For April 29-May 1

Out with the old, in with the new.


Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai’s Ramadan staycation package offers a brilliant weekend away from home during the holy month. Inclusive of iftar in Bleu Blanc Oysters & Grill, an in-room suhoor, late check-out, and a complimentary upgrade to the next room category available, rates start from AED 720 for stays from now until May 9.

To book, call 04 512 5555.


This Friday sees the launch of Project Art at Zabeel House The Greens, a new initiative designed to empower Dubai’s burgeoning art community. Offering top local talent free-of-charge space within the award-winning property, participating artists will have their works on display in high-traffic areas of the hotel, where they can also host scheduled masterclasses and impromptu workshops with guests. 

Kicking off on Friday with German photographer Florian Kriechbaumer’s award-winning Timeblend Dubai, visitors can enjoy a spectacular collection of work that showcases the day-to-night transition of various iconic views of Dubai. With meet-and-greet sessions running on opening weekend, community members, visitors, and aspiring photographers can not only meet Florian, but also inquire about purchasing the artworks displayed. Timings run from 10am-2pm on Friday, 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, and 7pm to 9pm on Sunday. 

For more information, call 04 519 1111 or e-mail [email protected]


It’s a beachfront dining institution in Dubai, but if you have yet to visit the relaxed, sand-between-your-toes dining haven that is Palm Grill at Ritz Carlton Dubai, you need to get your skates on – the iconic al fresco eatery will close its doors for the final time next week. 

Saturday, May 1 will mark Palm Grill’s final ‘Chill & Grill’ beach BBQ, where guests can enjoy unlimited barbecued food, seated at rustic tables on the decking or barefoot in the sand as they soak up gorgeous views of the ocean. Buffet highlights for the last brunch include a wide selection of meats and seafood from the live grill stations – think: ceviche, beef sliders, chicken tacos, fresh salads, and desserts.

Ambient music and island-style beverages, meanwhile, will accent the experience. And to make the most of this fond farewell, guests can extend brunch with beach and pool access, along with the option of adding a 30-minute spa treatment.

From 1pm to 4pm, with beach access from 10 am to 6pm, prices start at AED 275 per person including soft beverages; AED 415 per person including house beverages; AED 395 per person inclusive of soft beverages and beach access; AED 495 per person inclusive of house beverages and beach access; and AED 575 per person inclusive of ‘Chill & Grill’ brunch, soft beverages, pool and beach access, and a 30-minute relaxation massage.

Call 04 318 6150 or e-mail [email protected] to book.


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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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