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What To Do This Weekend In The UAE

From wellness breaks to scaling gingerbread skyscrapers, here’s what to do with your UAE weekend

DECEMBER 9

Everyone loves a gingerbread house. But how about a gingerbread world’s tallest building? Following last year’s epic gingerbread recreation of Sheikh Zayed Road, this weekend, check out The H Dubai’s whopping 16-foot tall Gingerbread Burj Khalifa. 

Taking 250 hours to complete, and lead by The H Dubai’s Chef Nilesh Darekar and Pastry Chef Heirida Marica, the incredible work of baking and sugar crafting artistry is made entirely from gingerbread and icing, and takes pride of place in the hotel’s glamorous lobby, alongside a glittering 20ft tall Christmas tree. 

DECEMBER 10

Need a little breathing space? Bring the year to a close on a note of hope and serenity with a weekend wellness escape to The Mountain Centre, Ras Al Khaimah. Available as one-night and two-night packages from December 10-12, if you’re looking to leave the chaos of the city to relax, unwind and enjoy an array of wellness activities in a stunning setting, get booking now.

Based in a secluded mountain oasis built on a natural hot-spring, the retreat boasts many types of fruit trees, herbs, and other plants in the extensive grounds and gardens. An excellent two-day disconnect, all meals are included, with the in-house chef serving simple, healthy home-cooked food using only fresh ingredients. From AED782 per person, follow @retreatme or visit retreatmi.com or visit to book.

DECEMBER 11

Abu Dhabi’s third Chef’s Table event – this year themed ‘Art on a Plate’ – comes to a close on December 15, so if you’re in the capital this weekend, don’t miss out on your final chance to indulge in the city’s most artistically-styled and delectable dishes.

Part of Abu Dhabi Culinary Season 2020, the city’s annual six-week food festival, the Chef’s Table sees talented culinary masters create limited-edition five-course set menus that uniquely fuse taste and aesthetics to highlight the array of world-class talent in the emirate’s eclectic F&B fine dining scene. With restaurants including LPM, Shang Palace, Martabaan, Hakkasan, Signature 3 Verson and Li Jaang amongst many others participating, each Chef’s Table restaurant also features artistic collaborations throughout the venues to elevate the dining experiences by taking guests on an all-encompassing sensory journey.

Find out more at adculinaryseason.ae.

DECEMBER 12

Kicking off this weekend, and running until December 26, the spirit of Christmas takes over Souk Madinat Jumeirah as Santa Claus sets up his Dubai workshop. Transforming the central courtyard, Santa’s Workshop is hosting a packed schedule of kids workshops and art stations between 12 pm to 10 pm, with canvas painting, string art, DIY snow globe jars, decoupage with Christmas themed cut-outs, and painting sessions where kids can paint their own Christmas house.

And it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without meeting Santa, so don’t forget to explore Santa’s Grotto while you’re there from 4 pm-7 pm. Entirely manned by elves, and aligned with the COVID-19 safety compliance regulations, entrance to Santa’s Grotto is free of charge, and a must to get kids of all ages in the festive spirit. 

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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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