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Dubai Safari Park
For the next 14 days, you and your loved ones can experience this much awaited attraction for free. Expect to be blown away from the project’s many features which includes a number of themed sections, a lake and over 2,500 animals. Our advice – bring a camrea, some comfy shoes and some sunscreen (it may be cold but you can still catch a sun burn)
When: Free entry until December 28
Where: Al Warqaa

John Bishop
You can’t help but warm to John Bishop. He sort of looks like a cross between Howard Donald from Take That and Bez, the maracas-playing dancer with (another) Manchester band The Happy Mondays, with tousled hair, piercing blue eyes and a face that looks like it’s about to erupt into a smile at any point. He’s also got that Liverpool accent, a sing-song delivery that seems to turn even the most mundane of moments into a potentially comic event. Indeed, his family comprises a fair chunk of his material, in which he never fails to engage in highly public ribbing of his three sons. “Do they mind?” he said when asked by ShortList. “I tell them it’s a small price to pay for a roof over their heads and three square meals a day…”
When: Thursday, December 14
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: From AED295
Contact: website

Letters to Andy Warhol exhibition
If there’s one thing Andy Warhol fans can look forward to this month it’s the ‘Letters to Andy Warhol’ exhibition at Dubai Design District. Pop in to the design community anytime between December 8 and 16 to check out a collection of the legend’s work brought to the city courtesy Cadillac and The Andy Warhol Museum.
Where: Dubai Design District (d3)
When: 12pm- 9pm; until Saturday,  December 16
Price: Free entry
Contact: website

Beach Polo Cup Dubai
This is one of the most spectacular events on the social calendar in Dubai, blending upscale equestrianism with a beachside vibe. Held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the Beach Polo Cup will be contested by four teams, comprised of 12 of the best polo players in the world.
When: December 14-15
Where: Skydive Dubai
Contact: website

Go camping at Wadi Asimah
Wadi Asimah is one of the nicest areas to camp in the Northern Emirates. The wadi crosses from the village of Masafi all the way to Al Ghail Desert through some nice landscapes. The terrain isn’t very tough here and doesn’t require any off-road driving skills, so it would be a great place to go for a family camping trip. There are several camping spots throughout the wadi, but it’s wise to find a spot on a higher ground if you need a more secluded area without bumping into people passing through the main track. Then bust out the fire.
The coordinates: Entrance from Masafi: 25.398916, 56.141798, Entrance from Al Ghail: 25.408370, 56.066833

The Green Planet
The vertical tropical rainforest is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. Aside from an extensive array of flora, guests can interact with a number exotic animals – the sloths are adorable! General admission starts from AED95, all UAE residents will receive up to 25 percent discount. If you plan on staying a while, we recommend you get the HubZero and Green Planet pass for AED120 – the rides and games at HubZero are great for those seeking an adventure of a different kind.
Where: Green Planet, City Walk
Price: AED95 for general admission with 25 percent discount for all UAE residents (UAE ID’s are required)
Contact: +971 4 317 3999, website

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