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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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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