Places to Spend Friday Afternoons In Dubai

This Is Your Friday Afternoons, Sorted

All hail the 4.5-day work week.

Announcements made earlier in the year came as a surprise to many: UAE made the big shift into a 4.5-day work week, with Friday afternoon, Saturdays, and Sundays as the new weekends. Looking to make the most out of these changes? Take your family and friends to these five Dubai destinations we’ve handpicked just for you. 

The Scene

There’s truly nothing like brunch on a Friday. The Scene is one of Dubai’s most loved family-friendly brunch spots that offers a little bit of everything the parents and kids will love. Located at the heart of Dubai Marina, this quaint Pier 7 restaurant is headed by British TV personality Simon Rimmer. The menu consists of the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary dishes from the UK. In addition, the adults can choose a drink from its extensive beverage menu and pair it up with the restaurant’s classic pub bites. Insider tip: don’t miss out on the pan-fried salmon and rigatoni!

The Scene, Level 4, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 04 422 2328, [email protected]

Museum of the Future

Keen on doing something a little more laidback but different? Take yourself on a journey to the year 2071 at Museum of the Future. Unveiled earlier this year, the museum gives its visitors a look into the world years into the future. It features seven storeys of surreal walkthrough experiences that showcase new architecture, technology, and other innovations. Aside from its astounding displays, the structure in itself is also a visual marvel. Each and every element of its architecture serves as a representation of different things: the circular shape pertaining to humanity, the greenery as the earth, while the void symbolises the future.

Museum of the Future, Trade Centre 2, Sheikh Zayed Road, 800 2071, www.museumofthefuture.ae

Arabian Tea House

Bearing the prestigious honour of being the first authentic Emirati restaurant since 1997, Arabian Tea House continues to serve its patrons a unique and wonderful dining experience. Situated in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, this iconic spot in the city transports its guests into the past with its vibrant interior design, traditional Arabic drinks, and picturesque views of both historical and modern buildings. Make the most out of your visit and order the chef’s personal favourites: karak tea, khabisah, and the dates cake. 

Arabian Tea House, Al Fahidi St., Bur Dubai, Dubai, 04 353 5071, [email protected]

Arabian Tea House, Al Fahidi St., Bur Dubai

Source: www.arabianteahouse.com


Start your weekend right with your special someone by taking them to one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai. Thiptara offers a classy and intimate space perfect for a lovely night with the beau. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous front row view of the Burj Khalifa and dancing fountain while you’re treated to traditional Thai cuisine that’s highlighted by a scrumptious Bangkok-style seafood spread. 

Thiptara, Ground Level, Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, 04 428 7961, https://www.addresshotels.com

88 Terrace

Unwind the best way possible this weekend at 88 Terrace. This new Dubai lounge sitting atop the largest rooftop in the city takes nightlife to a whole new level. The up-and-coming exclusive terrace restaurant will overwhelm the senses with its eclectic mix of Mediterranean-Spanish delights. The posh futuristic interiors and scenic views of the Dubai horizon, meanwhile, add to its charm, truly making it a destination not to be missed on your next bar crawl.

88 Terrace, No. EB1, Entrance 8, Bluewaters Island, 056 881 6888, [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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