What To Do This Weekend In The UAE

Classical concerts, outdoor markets and giant beach clubs are what this weekend’s all about


Sweet Symphony Sounds

Kick off your weekend the cultural way with a glorious night of classical music. On Thursday 28 and Saturday 30 January, The Almaty Symphony Orchestra commence their season of concerts with Classica Extravaganza, a two-night festival of classical music at The Theatre, Mall of the Emirates. Lead by award-winning Spanish violinist Erzhan Kulibaev, the renowned orchestra has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Palais des Festivals in Cannes, Crocus City Hall in Moscow and Astana Opera in Kazahkstan, and will be bringing their world-class performance to the UAE got the first time this weekend. Featuring works from Piazzola to Vivaldi, this is a concert classical music fans should not miss. For more information, visit platinumlist.ae


Everyone’s Talking About BLA BLA

Dubai never does anything by halves, and last weekend saw the launch of a HUGE new leisure hotspot that’s set to revolutionize our weekends. Home to 20 bars, three restaurants and one enormous beach club, Bla Bla spans a whopping 100,000 square feet along The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence, and is designed to appeal to a full spectrum of preferences and pockets with its vast array of gorgeous beachside venues.

From the chilled-out Ibiza-inspired beach club and Bali-esque beach bar to an eclectic mix of bold, beautifully designed bars and a handful of top-notch restaurants, whether it’s a chilled day stretched out on a sunlouger, sundowners on the terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf, or a fancy dinner under the stars, Bla Bla is an all-day social and dining destination like nothing the city has ever seen before. Prepare to be dazzled! For more information and to book,  +971 58 606 3535 or visit blabladubai.ae


Ripe Retails Therapy

Shopping in the sunshine is a great way to while away the weekend, so a stroll around The Ripe Market on a lazy Saturday is always on our to-do list.

Back for the winter season at Dubai Police Academy Park in Umm Sequim, the market’s food retail offering has been expanded, with delicious locally-made artisan produce including bread, meat, milk, olives, labneh, and olive oil to stock up on, as well as the local farmer’s market, showcasing fresh organic, non-organic and hydroponic produce from a handful of the region’s best local farmers. Supporting local businesses from across the Emirates, the market’s central walkway is packed with merchants and makers selling everything from organic skincare, handcrafted leather bags, handmade jewelry, unique fashion, and art, and is a great place to explore the diverse array of crafting talents here in the UAE. With lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy, as well as dozens of food stalls in the Park Cafe, Ripe Market runs every Friday from 9am-7pm, and Saturdays from 10am-7pm. Keep up to date with new additions to the market @ripemarket @AcademyParkbyRipe and ripeme.com


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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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