What To Do This Weekend In The UAE

From gallery visits and alfresco shopping to Mexican brunch dates and international MMA , how will you be spending this sun-soaked weekend?


Manu Alguero At Oblong Gallery

Explosive Artworks At Oblong Gallery

Kick off your weekend the cultural way, with a visit to the Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery’s exhibition of the works of Spanish artist Manu Algueró. 

Opening this Thursday and running until March 7 at the gallery on Blue Water Island, Dubai, the solo exhibition showcases a selection of 11 abstract paintings, inspired by the artist’s fascination with fireworks and the Big Bang theory, and capturing intense moments of emotion and a desire for new beginnings. With echoes of American abstract expressionism, Manu’s paintings express the beauty of change and new perspectives – particularly poignant as the world undergoes such an enormous moment of unrest – with immense, dramatic canvases displaying not only technical vigor, but an intense study of the human face.


Run To Ripe Market Dubai

Run To The Ripe Market

Sweating it out, followed by a spot of shopping? Sounds like a great way to start a Friday to us! Taking place at Dubai Police Academy, which also hosts the weekly Ripe Market, January 15 marks the third in The Skechers Performance Run Series. A true sporting event for all the family with 10km, 5km and the 2.5km Family Fun Run categories to choose from, last month’s race attracted participants aged between an incredible 4 and 76 years of age. Post-run, we’ll be hitting up the Ripe Market for a few essential weekend treats, starting with the incredible consortium of stunning fashion, jewellery, and homewares from African artisans. 

For more information, visit the official race site bit.ly/Skechers_Performance_Run

Best Mexican in Dubai

Taco Time At Vida Emirates Hills

Home-grown Mexican eatery Maiz Tacos are hosting a one-off pop-up brunch this Friday at VIDA Emirates Hills. Uniquely curated by Maiz owners Luma Mahklouf and Haider Al Assam, the 5-course set brunch menu with a selection of beverage packages includes corn chips and guacamole, elotes, Mexican Caesar salad and three types of tacos, all topped off with the obligatory Churros and dip. Running from 1-4pm poolside at the stunning VIDA Emirates Hills overlooking Emirates Golf Club, packages start at AED 165 per person. To book, visit shop.maiztacos.com


Etihad MMA Fight Championship

Take Your Seat At UFC Fight Island

One of the millions of MMA fans? Then this one’s for you. Accepting spectators once again, UFC Fight Island’s Triple Header kicks off this weekend, with the first outing of the week-long, three-event super series kicking off on Saturday, January 16. With limited tickets available for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar on January 16; Cheisa vs Magny on January 20 and UFC 257, Poirer vs McGregor on January 24, the Triple Header will see the international debut of the all-new Etihad Arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, the region’s largest multi-purpose indoor arena set to become the new international home of UFC.

Adhering to stringent measures to ensure the health and safety of fans, UFC fighters and guests, all stakeholders, and the wider Abu Dhabi community, precautionary procedures include mandatory negative PCR test results for all attendees, thermal scanning, the wearing of masks, and strict social distancing. For more information, visit etihadarena.ae and ticketmaster.ae or follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram: @UFC.


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Where Can I Find Serenity In Dubai?

Unwind & Unleash Better

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.

Mushrif Park

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.

Zabeel Park

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.

Safa Park

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.


Intention Setting Kit

AED 175.00

Labradorite Bracelet

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!


Labradorite Bracelet

AED 66.00

No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads

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.


No Stain Under Arm Sweat Pads

AED 40.00

Brownie Bossbabe

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.


The Brownie Bossbabe

AED 90.00

Crystal-Infused Water Bottle

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.


Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Dubai surprises visitors with spaces that create a harmony and a connect between nature, relaxation, and personal well-being. The positive energy in these parks along with intention-setting recommended products from The Gaggler is a great way to switch up your wellness routine.


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