What To Do This Weekend In the UAE

Desert staycays, dreamy brunch days, and guilt-free pizza discoveries…a weekend full of delicious things to eat and do!


Have A Magical Moment At Bab Al Shams

There’s nothing like sneaking off early from work on a Thursday for a weekend getaway, and this is a winter staycay offer you definitely shouldn’t miss out on. Luxury desert resort and spa Bab Al Sham’s Magic 21 deal offers amazing value for money at one of the Emirates most exclusive desert destinations, with a one night stay for two adults in a superior room, dinner at the newly reopened Al Hadheerah restaurant, breakfast at Al Forsan and two hours of complimentary house beverages on the Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge at sunset for just AED2,021. What a way to welcome in the weekend!

For reservations, email [email protected] or call 04-3813231.


Portuguese Perfection At Tasca’s

Daydreaming of a city break to Lisbon, or a sun-soaked vacay to the Algarve? While travel to the beautiful hotspots of Portugal may not be possible right now, we’ll be indulging our daydreams with a delicious brunch at our favourite Portuguese restaurant, Tasca’s, instead. 

Offering stunning views over the Dubai skyline on one side and Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai’s spectacular infinity pool and the ocean beyond, acclaimed Portuguese Chef José Avillez’s innovative taster menu includes a divine combination of Portuguese dishes, from traditional salads to the impossibly delish grilled veal chorizo and breadcrumbs. All topped off with an array of Tasca’s signature drinks and really great music, this brunch is all about holiday vibes amazing Fridays are made of. From AED 350 per person for soft drinks at AED 450 for house drinks. 


A Very Italian Veganuary 

If you’re one of many sticking to a new vegan diet this month, why not make Saturday plant-based pizza day? Dubai-based vegan entrepreneur and recipe developer Kamilla Omarzay has teamed up with BICE Hilton Dubai Jumeirah’s Head Chef Davide Gardini to create sIx, exclusive 100 percent vegan pizzas to celebrate Veganuary. And these are definitely pizzas worth celebrating. Available at the renowned Italian dining venue until January 31, after sampling all six of the exclusive options, we’re obsessed with Trofulicious, made with BICE’S legendary homemade pizza dough, cream of pumpkin base, roasted tofu, grilled eggplant, and black truffle. And if that’s not enough pizza for one day, how about finishing off your pizza main course with pizza for pudding? BICE’s own version of Nutella pizza, named Basically Nut is the yummiest (but agreeably, totally the weirdest!) thing we’ve eaten in ages. For reservations, call 04 318 2319, or email [email protected]


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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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