10 things to in the UAE this week
We’re spreading our wings from Dubai this week as National Day brings a long weekend and an excuse to explore the UAE. Hotel stays, foodie picks and even some horse riding is on our to-do list.
Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre – Ras Al Khaimah
This place sits on the edges of Wadi Khadeja, so when you visit the centre you’ll have access to one of Ras Al Khaimah’s beautiful natural reserves. It offers horse riding lessons to suit all skill levels, so even if you’ve never managed to master a trot you can still get involved. Those who fancy some impressive Instagram snaps should opt for a desert ride on a horse or camel. The centre is even worth a visit if horse riding isn’t your thing – it’s full of goats, geese, ducks and cats roaming around, so it’s a chance for the family to get close to nature.
Where: Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre, Ras Al Khaimah, +971 (0) 56 494 4392,
Urban Bistro Book Club – Dubai
Listen up, book worms! Urban Bistro are hosting their first book club this weekend. Lulu and Sara Hamdan will be discussing Flowers of Algernon on December 3 at 4pm. You can pick up a copy of the book at Urban Bistro ahead of the discussion, or visit jamalon.com to order a copy.
When: December 3 at 4pm
Where: Urban Bistro, Media City, +971 4 362 4330
Tiesto – Dubai
Tiesto has been at the forefront of dance music for two decades, having cruised through different dance music genres over the years. In 2005 he released “Adagio for Strings” from his album, Just Be, which has gone down in music history. Mixmag readers voted it the second greatest dance record of all time. The top DJ will play at Dubai World Trade Centre in Sheikh Rashid Hall on National Day with support from Stephen Grandi and Hollaphonic. Tickets are AED275.
When: December 2, doors open at 9.30pm
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, +971 50 855 1515 for table bookings,
Staycation at Fairmont Ajman – Ajman
The National Suite Moments promotion offers a junior suite for AED1,349 per night, a corner suite for AED1,549 per night and a two bedroom corner suite for AED1,749 per night. As well as a pretty sweet room (see what we did there?) it includes breakfast and 20 discount of spa treatments and selected dining outlets. Minimum stay of two nights, available until December 4.
Where: Fairmont Hotel, Ajman, + 971 6 701 5757,
45th National Day Celebrations – Abu Dhabi
There are huge celebrations in the capital to mark the UAE’s 45th National Day. Expect impressive firework shows, heritage attractions, sailing regattas, art festivals and theatrical shows.
Where: Emirate-wide, Abu Dhabi
UberSEAWINGS – Dubai
Uber has a special offer for UAE nationals and residents this National Day. On Saturday December 3 you can grab an uber of a different kind – a seaplane that will give you a 25-minute aerial tour of Dubai. You even get Uber car transfers to pick you up and drop you off, for a special offer of AED500 per person. For more info, click here.
When: December 3
Where: Dubai Creek
UAE National Day at Yas Waterworld – Abu Dhabi
There are two major – and very different – activations at Yas Waterworld for National Day this weekend. The first is The Biggest Water Battle in the history of the UAE. Starting at 11.45am, guests pick a team and head for the Amwaj Water Battle area to fight it out. Then, from 7pm, the park is hosting the UAE’s first Live Action Role-Play (LARP) – which is the launch of what will be a month of nightly adventures in “Legends of Arabia: The Quest of the Pearl Tribes”. Open to individuals, groups and corporates, too.
When: December 2
Where: Yas Island,
First National Day Sale – Dubai
While the USA inspired the global retail world to go crazy over Black Friday, the UAE has its own special crash sale over the National Day weekend.
For three days, more than 1,000 stores will be slashing prices between 30-90 percent. Already signed up include the likes of Paul Smith, Level Shoe District, Gap, Alexander McQueen, DKNY, Galeries Lafayette and Ted Baker.
When: December 1-3
Where: Across Dubai,
DIP Fest – Abu Dhabi
This is the fourth edition of Abu Dhabi’s biggest night-time pool party, but the first that helps celebrate National Day. More than 500 people are expected to attend this party and they’ll be entertained by Channel 4’s Saif and Sound, who can be expected to serve up the best in hip-hop and RnB.
When: December 1, 8pm
Where: Le Meridien Abu Dhabi,
Cinema – Allied (18)
Brad Pitt seems to have found a cinematic home amid the grey-blue rubble of World War Two in recent years. The darkly comic Inglourious Basterds and the claustrophobic Fury is now followed by Allied, a lavish, slightly soapy tale of a strained romance between a Canadian intelligence officer in Morocco and a French resistance fighter. The role of the latter is filled by Marion Cotillard, whose hair seems permanently waved in period styles, too. Sweeping and long, it’s ideal matinée melodrama material.
In cinemas from November 24