7 outdoor activities to try in Dubai this weekend
When the weather is this nice, there really is no reason why you should be indoors. Dubai’s winter is breezy and beautiful, so step outside the four walls of your home and enjoy the fun outdoor activities that Dubai has to offer. To make it a bit easier for you, we’ve listed seven great options.
The Ripe Market at Zabeel Park
Ripe is already a bit of an institution among foodies and craft hunters in the UAE. It aims to support local businesses – from farmers to jewellery designers – with markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that also offer hours of mooching opportunities. Where else do organic fruit, raw honey, kimonos and clutch bags sit side by side quite so effortlessly?
When: 9am-4pm, Friday, January 26
Where: Zabeel Park
Shop at Dubai Flea Market
Dubai was missing a quirky flea market, a place to rummage through and pick up some pre-loved treasures – the sort New York, Berlin and Oslo do so well. Think battered furniture, textiles, ceramics, clothes, crafts and antiques – the only rule is that everything on sale is second hand. Look out for people with a plane ticket home – you could get some ruthlessly low prices.
When: From 1pm, Friday, January 26
Where: Al Barsha Pond Park
Al Qudra Lakes
If the sound of over 100 species of birds (including flamingos and swans), wildlife such as desert foxes and the oryx, a lake and lots of greenery excites you, set your Google maps to ‘Al Qudra Lakes’. Located in the middle of Seih Al Salam desert and Bab Al Shams, the beloved spot is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Added bonus? It's completely free of charge.
Where: Saih Al Salam Desert
Quoz Arts Festival
Alserkal Avenue will be hosting a two-day, family-friendly event this weekend. Open to adults, children and even pets (take as many people as you like, entry is free). It will include film screenings, live performances and workshops. A DJ will be spinning the tunes for the evening while you munch on mouthwatering treats from visiting food trucks and the avenue’s many different restaurants.
When: January 26-27
Where: Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Nad Al Sheba
Cycle your way around the District One Cycling and Running Track. The 8.4km course is free to use (extra points for that) and is open 24 hours a day. As exciting as taking a photo might be (because the view of the city is that good), we advise you to focus on your ride. Unfortunately, those who don’t own a bike can’t rent one, yet. As its name suggests, it's a running track too, so you can do that and, maybe even take a picture or two.
When: 24 hours a day
Where: Nad Al Sheba
Farmers’ Market on the Terrace
Make your way to Baker & Spice’s Farmers’ Market. You can pick your locally sourced veggies for the week and maybe even speak to farmers responsible for growing them. Tip: get there early to get your hands on the best and ripest produce.
When: 1am-1pm, January 26 and 27
Where: Bay Avenue, Business Bay
Enjoy a beachside brunch at La Cala
If distance doesn't bother you, ditch the city brunch for one at La Cala – a beach bar nestled on the sandy outpost of Ghantoot Marina. The Friday brunch promises Balearic vibes, delicious food and unlimited beverages. The view is a nice added bonus as are the calming tunes.
When: 12pm-4pm, January 26
Where: Ghantoot Marina & Resort, Abu Dhabi
Price: From AED249 per person